The Student Experience

Executive MBA

The majority of students in the Executive Program 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.

Program Timeline

  • 48 Credits
  • 2o Months
  • 5 four-month terms
  • On campus visits: 1 weekend a month (Friday-Sunday)
  • 1 week International Study Tour
  • Begins every August

Program Format

The 20-month program is divided into five four-month terms, and most terms consist of three business courses and one leadership development course. Students meet for an extended weekend (Friday-Sunday) once a month on the UF campus in Gainesville. The Executive MBA program includes a one week international study tour.

This program uses curriculum 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 to participate in the Executive MBA program. 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 of the Executive MBA program. 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.