Taking your career to new heights starts here and now.

Build on your undergraduate learning and professional experience while preparing to tackle advanced business challenges. Upon completion of your executive MBA program at UC, you’ll be fully prepared to apply all you've learned to your current organization or a new business administration position. Whether you’re interested in taking your current career to a management level, switching industries, or preparing to launch a new venture of your own, earning an executive MBA in an effective and flexible hybrid format is certain to prepare you for new and exciting business opportunities in the future!

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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

With an executive MBA from Cumberlands under your belt, you will be fully prepared to climb the ranks within – or embark upon – a successful career in business, government, or education. As a leader in graduate business education, UC’s Robert W. Plaster Graduate School of Business offers a hybrid MBA designed to prepare you for long-term success. Your coursework will cover a variety of career-applicable topics, including current issues in business, leadership, and management techniques, managerial accounting, and strategic decision making.

Course Requirements

  • BACC 531 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 533 Marketing Management 
  • BADM 534 Managerial Finance 
  • BADM 535 Managerial Economics 
  • BADM 577 Business Sustainability, Corporate Governance, and Organizational Ethics 
  • BADM 582 Business Analytics for Strategic and Organizational Performance 
  • BADM 638 Strategic Decision Making

* All candidates completing the Executive Master of Business Administration degree will complete a written Comprehensive Examination at or near the completion of BADM 638, Strategic Decision-Making. Degree candidates must pass all sections of the comprehensive examination to complete the program. 

Elective Requirement (9 hours). Nine hours are earned through the completion of any available 500-or 600-level business electives or as approved by MBA Program Director. 

Example Courses:

  • BADM 538 Management of Investments
  • BADM 539 Research and Report Writing 
  • BADM 631 Managing in a Global Environment 
  • BADM 632 Advanced Human Resource Management 
  • BADM 690 Special Projects in Business and Related Subjects 
  • Other 500-600 level business electives as approved by MBA Program Director
  • BADM 699 Capstone (1 hour) or INTR 599 Applied Learning Practicum (1 hour)

**Executive students may take BADM 699 or INTR 599 as part of their program degree requirements. The Computer and Information Sciences Department, the School of Business, and the Leadership graduate (Masters and Doctorate) executive format programs have an applied learning component (internship/practicum) that is an integral (essential) part of the established curriculum. Due to the applied learning component required for the degree program, executive format students must enroll in INTR every term of enrollment. 

Fifteen hours are earned in courses in one of these Concentrations:  

  • Accounting 
  • Project Management 
  • Strategic Management  
  • Entrepreneurship  
  • Healthcare Administration  
  • Marketing  

*Content concentrations are taken in place of business electives.

EMBA Concentrations

Choose a concentration to boost the value of your MBA. Content concentrations are taken in place of business electives.

Course Requirements

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BACC 537 Taxation of Business Entities
  • BACC 539 Advanced Accounting Information Systems & Analytics
  • BACC 632 Advanced Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • BACC 635 Advanced Accounting Theory
  • BACC 637 Tax Research and Practice
  • BACC 638 Advanced Assurance Services
  • BACC 690 Special Projects in Accounting and Related Subjects

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BADM 623 Project Management Processes
  • BADM 627 Project Risk and Quality Management
  • BADM 628 Project Human Resources and Stakeholder Management
  • BADM 633 Planning the Project
  • BADM 634 Initiating the Project
  • BADM 635 Executing the Project
  • BADM 636 Monitoring/Controlling and Closing the Project
  • BADM 637 Cases in Project Management

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BADM 624 Competitive Strategy
  • BADM 625 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • BADM 626 Management Consulting
  • BADM 631 Managing in a Global Environment
  • BADM 632 Advanced Human Resource Management
  • BADM 645 Strategic Leadership
  • BADM 692 Special Projects in Strategic Management

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BADM 631 Managing in a Global Environment
  • BADM 632 Advanced HR Management
  • BADM 643 Sales and Customer Relationship Management
  • BADM 644 New Venture Development
  • BADM 645 Strategic Leadership
  • BADM 648 Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • BADM 694 Special Projects in Entrepreneurship and Related Subjects

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BACC 661 Healthcare Accounting
  • BADM 662 Customer Satisfaction Measurement
  • BADM 663 Healthcare Marketing
  • BADM 664 Healthcare Finance
  • BADM 665 Healthcare Policy and Economics
  • BADM 667 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
  • BADM 668 Strategic Management in Healthcare Administration
  • BADM 696 Special Projects in Healthcare Administration and Related Subjects

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BADM 643 Sales and Customer Relationship Management
  • BADM 644 New Venture Development
  • BADM 655 Advanced Brand Management
  • BADM 656 B2B Marketing
  • BADM 657 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • BADM 658 Marketing Decision Making & Analytics
  • BADM 662 Customer Satisfaction Measurement
  • BADM 663 Healthcare Marketing
  • BADM 695 Special Projects in Marketing and Related Subjects

Requires 15 hours of electives.

Added to your core MBA courses, the full degree requires 37 credit hours.

  • BUPA 660 Fundamentals of Public Administration (3 Hours) - New Courses
  • BUPA 661 Public Enterprise Systems (3 Hours) - New Courses
  • BUPA 662 Emergency Management & Continuity of Operations (3 Hours) - New Courses
  • BUPA 663 Administrative Law & Regulatory Processes (3 Hours) - New Courses
  • BUPA 664 Public Sector Budgeting (3 Hours) - New Courses
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Executive Student Resources

UC's Department of International Graduate Services enjoys providing support resources for our international students. Find tutorials and information regarding offices and policies for the International Graduate Students and programs.

Executive Program Format

Our Executive Programs include hybrid course days designed for international graduate students studying in the U.S., or domestic students seeking a hybrid-format program.  We strive to incorporate professional experience and real-world application of course curriculum into our programs to enhance the learning experience.  Practical Training is an integral part of program coursework and available to all students.  At the University of the Cumberlands our degree programs focus on quality education at an affordable price.

Executive Program students take three (3) courses per semester.  The program semester is based on the existing UC semester calendar, with three (3) annual semesters: fall, spring, and summer.  Two of the courses each semester focus on the specific program content.  Additionally, students will be required to attend an intensive residency weekend as part of their course enrollment each term.  The third class includes an Applied Learning Practicum, in which students apply what they are learning in their other two courses to the real world via work or internship experiences.

Residency FAQs

Residency Session dates are determined by the course that you are registered for. It is very important that you make note of the class you registered for, as well as the designated residency weekend for that course as each course will only meet one weekend for the duration of the semester.

Even though we will only be meeting one weekend per semester, we will have the same number of contact hours with you. This will enable the instructors to make residency weekends much more valuable. This change will allow us to have meaningful projects on residency weekends.

You can view your semester schedule in your self-service portal in your Student Profile. Once you log into your MyUC account, click on Academics, then click on Current Schedule. Your schedule details will indicate the date and location of your residency weekend.

You can find information on the residency site locations on our website.

Yes, all three days are mandatory, and requests to arrive late or leave early will not be approved. Should you not be in attendance for the full session, you will be counted absent for the entire session. Please plan travel accordingly!

Attendance to each executive residency class session is mandatory. Students may make up no more than one (1) residency session throughout the duration of their academic program. Missing a second residency will result in the student being dismissed from the university.

A missed session will result in the student attending a make-up session, and paying a $300 residency make-up fee. In addition, the student may be asked for documentation from the program department providing an explanation as to why the scheduled residency session was missed. Make-up sessions must be completed prior to the end of the term. Noncompliance with this policy will result in dismissal from the executive program.

Make-up residency sessions will be held at our campus in Williamsburg, KY. You will be contacted with the time and dates after your absence is reported. There will only be one (1) residency make-up session offered each semester. Failure to attend all days of the makeup session will result in receiving a failing grade for the course, as well as potential dismissal from the University, and SEVIS termination. 

If you cannot be in attendance for all three days then you will be counted absent for the entire residency weekend and be required to attend the make-up residency and pay the $300 make-up fee.

The Department of International Graduate Services will contact you via your UC student email as registration for the next term approaches. Please remember that you are required to register for (one) main class, (one) online class, and Applied Learning Practicum each semester in order to maintain your F1 status – late registration will not be accepted and can result in the termination of your student status. 

Once you register for a class you will want to make note of the residency weekend that your class is scheduled, as that is the only session for that class that will be scheduled for the semester. You will need to be sure to plan your travel accordingly to ensure that you are in attendance for the full residency session.

Registration is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once a course is full, there will not be additional seats added, as we cannot exceed classroom seating capacity; therefore, it is advised that you register for classes as much in advance as possible. As a reminder, students cannot register for future semesters until their current tuition balance is paid in full.

*Please note all times are in local time zone*

Friday

Facility will open at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday

Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

Sunday

Facility will open at 7:00 a.m.

We ask that you please take note of the above-mentioned times and schedule your travel accordingly.

*These dates have been set; however, if any changes are made, they will be made prior to registration for that semester. Not all dates are available at each residency location.

Fall 2023 (August 28 – December 15)

  • September 29 – October 1
  • October 6 – 8
  • October 13 – 15
  • October 20 – 22
  • November 3 – 5
  • November 10 – 12
  • November 17 – 19

Spring 2024 (January 8th – April 26th)

  • February 9 – 11
  • February 16 – 18
  • February 23 – 25
  • March 1 – 3
  • March 8 – 10
  • March 15 – 17
  • March 22 – 24
  • April 5 – 7

Summer 2024 (May 6th – August 23rd)

  • May 31 – June 2
  • June 7 – 9
  • June 14 – 16
  • June 21 – 23
  • June 28 – 30
  • July 12 – 14
  • July 19 – 21
  • July 26 – 28
  • August 2 – 4

Fall 2024 (August 26th – December 13th)

  • September 27 – 29
  • October 4 – 6
  • October 11 – 13
  • October 18 – 20
  • October 25 – 27
  • November 1 – 3
  • November 8 – 10
  • November 15 – 17
  • November 22 – 24 
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Mission & Goals

The mission of the Plaster Graduate School of Business is to foster academic excellence and student achievement at the graduate level. You will be prepared to work as a competent and ethical professional.

Strengthen your understanding of key business principles and best practices.
Examine real-world business models, current issues, and solutions.
Evaluate your personal values and connect them with ethical behaviors that align with your goals.
Improve your financial literacy, management skills, and strategic mindset.
Prepare to advance your career to the next level.
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Business Administration Careers & Outcomes

All stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Project Manager: $94,500

Project Manager: $94,500

Project management specialists coordinate the budget, schedule, staffing, and other details of a project. 

Financial Advisor: $94,170

Financial Advisor: $94,170

Personal financial advisors provide advice to help individuals manage their money and plan for their financial future. 

Management Analyst: $95,290

Management Analyst: $95,290

Management analysts recommend ways to improve an organization’s efficiency.

Development Manager: $120,130

Development Manager: $120,130

Training and development managers plan, coordinate, and direct skills- and knowledge-enhancement programs for an organization’s staff. 

Financial Manager: $131,710

Financial Manager: $131,710

Financial managers create financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization. 

Logistician: $77,520

Logistician: $77,520

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain.

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Common Questions

An executive MBA is a Master of Business Administration degree program offered in a hybrid format that combines online learning with on-campus instruction. Many students pursuing a graduate business degree already work full-time and need the flexibility online learning offers as well as a residency component. Otherwise, an executive MBA program is much the same as a traditional master’s degree in business administration. The program teaches the skills needed for advanced management and leadership roles in business.  

With an executive MBA, you’ll be equipped to pursue career advancement in management and leadership roles. Or, if you dream of launching your own business, an EMBA can help you do that successfully. 

An executive MBA from a respected, accredited business school will be taken seriously in the business world and can help you achieve your professional goals. Good news: University of the Cumberlands is accredited and respected, both in academia and in the workforce. Pursuing your executive MBA at Cumberlands will take away the stress of wondering whether your degree will be taken seriously later on. We’re proud to say that it will. 

Typically, MBA programs feature core business coursework in disciplines such as economics, finance, marketing, managerial accounting, and human resources. In this hybrid-format MBA, you’ll build on your undergraduate learning and professional experience while preparing to tackle advanced business challenges. In most cases, students also select a concentration in an area relevant to their goals — such as entrepreneurship or project management — or an industry, such as healthcare administration. Whatever your future career is, our executive MBA curriculum is ready to help you prepare! 

An executive MBA equips you for management and leadership roles, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that management occupations will add more than half a million new jobs over the next decade. So, we would say, yes! Executive MBA programs are growing more common today, giving working professionals a flexible way to advance their skills. For many, the expertise and credentials gained from this degree are well worth it. Adding “EMBA” to the top of your résumé might be just what you need to advance your career, acquire a pay raise, and launch into bigger opportunities!

All programs at University of the Cumberlands are offered at some of the lowest rates in the nation – and we even include free textbooks through our One Price Promise! For more information on how affordable this program would be for you, visit our Financial Aid page.

A group of Graduate students entering during the processional at Commencement.

Executive Program Admission Requirements

All students in our executive programs are required to meet a standard set of admissions requirements for graduate students.

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Faculty Experts

Learn more about your future EMBA professors.

Stacy Swafford

Dr. Stacy J. Swafford

Adjunct Professor
Business Administration

Dr. Stacy J. Swafford

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stacy.swafford [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. Matt Keogh

Dr. Matt Keogh

Adjunct Professor
Business Administration

Dr. Matt Keogh

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matthew.keogh [at] ucumberlands.edu
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Dr. Michael Tabone

Dr. Michael Tabone

Adjunct Professor
Business Administration

Dr. Michael Tabone

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michael.tabone [at] ucumberlands.edu
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