Executive MBA The Student Experience

The majority of students in the Executive format have time-consuming personal commitments, so you won’t be alone when it comes to juggling family, work and school.

Executives in the class come from a variety of organizations. Fortune 500 companies like Johnson & Johnson and Walt Disney World, state-leading companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, government entities like the U.S. Navy and State of Florida, small business owners and non-profit leaders make up your class colleagues. As a result of the advanced career level of our students, topics for classroom discussion are approached from a strategic viewpoint.


  • 48 Credits
  • 21 Months
  • On campus visits: 4 per term
  • 1 week International Study Tour
  • Begins every August


The 21-month format is divided into terms consisting of three business courses and one leadership development course. Students meet for an extended weekend (Saturday and Sunday) once every three weeks on the UF campus in Gainesville. The Executive MBA includes a one week international study tour.

The curriculum is focused on developing management and leadership skills. One component of the curriculum is case-based while the other is text-based, often being taught from textbooks written by the faculty member teaching the class. Students learn about specific examples in the business world while also becoming experts on theory.


Orientation is mandatory. The planned activities for orientation weekend include a welcoming from staff and faculty, reception, program details, Ropes and Challenge course, and Team Development.

International Study Tour

An international study tour is a requirement. Locations vary and past trips have included London, Paris and Munich. These weeklong experiences are centered around meetings with business leaders. On a recent trip, students met with a Senior Advisor to the United Nations, a Vice President of Disneyland Paris and the President of Citi France.