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A Distinctive
Executive Education

WSU ranked #22 among the U.S. News &
World Report
"Best Online MBA Programs" for 2016.

Military Friendly

WSU ranked #19 among the
U.S. News & World Report “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” for 2016.

Superior Engagement

Our highly collaborative online
environment facilitates
real-world learning.

Professional Community

Become a part of the Cougar
community, a powerful business
network with global reach.

Executive Expertise

Focus on global, high-level business topics
to gain the expertise to thrive
as a leader.

About The Executive MBA

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Executive Expertise

The Washington State University online Executive MBA is designed to challenge you to go beyond your comfort zone, improve your advanced business aptitude, and help you excel as a business leader and executive decision maker. Focused on today’s global, high-level business topics, the robust curriculum cultivates the tangible skills executives need to successfully analyze and synthesize information at the highest levels. The result is a graduate who possesses the expertise to thrive as a transformative leader of international business, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Jonathan L. Dade

“I immediately took a promotion from my previous role as an operations manager, to a general manager position with another company, and the capstone course further enabled me to start my own company. The Executive MBA program at WSU has challenged me to think bigger and look for ways where I can bring business units together.”

Jonathan L. Dade
Managing Director, RLB Echad, LLC
Online Executive MBA Graduate, Class of Spring 2014

Superior Engagement

During the online Executive MBA program, our students and faculty challenge each other to become the sharpest, most tactically prepared business leaders they can be. Our highly collaborative online learning environment facilitates student-faculty communication and peer-to-peer networking. It’s a winning combination that helps our students build business relationships that extend past graduation. This engagement in the virtual classroom leads to improved performance in the workplace.

Dan Baldachin

“The program is very challenging and requires dedication and discipline, but it is very rewarding. Although it is online, rather than making you feel distant, it is extremely engaging.”

Dan Baldachin
Technology Manager, Ernst & Young
Online Executive MBA Graduate, Class of Spring 2013

Professional Community

When you’re enrolled in the online Executive MBA program, you become part of the Cougar community, a powerful business network with global reach. By working alongside managers and leaders from across the business world, students gain new perspectives and build camaraderie. This collaboration creates personal and professional connections that that can help you forge ahead in your professional future.

The moment you are accepted into the program, you become eligible for membership in the WSU Alumni Association at a discounted rate. You will also have opportunities to network with our accomplished team of educators, many of whom have extensive working relationships throughout various business arenas. Upon graduation, it is not uncommon for our industry relationships to become your industry relationships.

Dan Baldachin

“The program enlisted far more interaction than I have ever felt in a learning situation. We built great camaraderie and really got to know our fellow students and teachers.”

Dan Baldachin
Technology Manager, Ernst & Young
Online Executive MBA Graduate, Class of Spring 2013

Program Objectives

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Program Objectives

The top-ranked Washington State University online Executive MBA program is designed to facilitate the continued development of experienced business leaders. The highly collaborative and interactive learning environment improves the capacity for critical thinking and strategic decision making, while developing a strong foundation in problem solving, ethics, and global leadership.

Graduates of the WSU online MBA should be able to:

  • Create an actionable and comprehensive business strategy that integrates multiple perspectives, business analytics, and advanced business theory and practice.
  • Perform a top-down business analysis to identify significant business challenges, recommend attainable solutions, and develop an implementable plan of action.
  • Apply executive leadership theory to improve performance, influence behavior and outcomes, recognize dysfunction, and recommend improvement plans.
  • Identify and evaluate the short- and long-term ethical, global, and societal implications of doing business as an organization.
Program Objectives


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The online Executive MBA curriculum is composed of 44 credit hours, providing a comprehensive experience from which participants can emerge as stronger business leaders.

Executive MBA course work covers advanced strategy and procedure in essential topics such as international business, operations management, maximization of productivity, and administrative policy. Designed for working professionals, the program can be completed entirely online in as few as 18 months.

Marketing (Mktg) 506 – Marketing Management and Administrative Policy

Marketing management and administrative policies as they relate to concepts, strategies, and decision making.

Business Administration (BA) 514 – Business Analytics

Analytical skills for decision making, data collection and analysis, sampling, inferential, regression methodologies, experimental design, time series, forecasting analysis.

Finance (Fin) 526 – Problems in Financial Management

Application of financial principles to problems in financial management; credit policy, capital budgeting, leasing and mergers, cash management.

Accounting (Acctg) 533 – Administrative Control

Managerial evaluation of budgeting, cost accounting, and financial analysis techniques; their utilization in control of operations.

Management Information Systems (MIS) 580 – Information Systems Analysis

Data processing organization, operations, application development, computer selection, management of computer personnel and systems.

Management (MGMT) 590 – Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design

Relationship between the formulation of strategy and the selection of effective organizational structures and systems.

Management (MGMT) 593 – Managerial Leadership and Productivity

Organizational behavior and human motivation in the workplace; organization and leadership theories, studies, projects, and models leading to improved productivity.

International Business (IBus) 580 – International Business Management

Decision making in the international environment; political, cultural, and economic risk management.

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Management (MGMT) 587 – Professional Ethics and Practice in Business (Elective)

Ethical issues faced by businesses in the current environment; traditional sources for discerning professional and ethical practices.

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International Business (I Bus) 600 – Optional International Program

Study abroad in Europe or China for 10 days, touring companies and participating in workshops with Executive MBA students from our partner schools.

Management Information Systems (MIS) 572 – Database Management (Elective)

Database management, data modeling, system design and implementation; the application of DBMS technologies to organizational and business problems.

Management and Operations (MGTOP) 581 – Operations Management

Analytical approach to solving problems in production and operations management.

Management (MGMT) 588 – Management of Innovation

Technological transitions and technology strategy; knowledge and creativity in organizations; managing innovation processes, technical employees, and cross-functional cooperation.

Business Administration (BA) 579A

Executive MBA capstone course. In-depth analysis of strategic opportunity or problem.

Business Administration (BA) 579B

Executive MBA capstone course. Leveraging work in Capstone A to create a business plan.

Business Administration (BA) 702 – Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination

Delivery of final graduation requirement — the complete business plan.

International Field Study

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International Field Study (Optional)

The Washington State University Carson College of Business offers online Executive MBA students the opportunity to travel to China for a week-long residency. Those who opt to attend will gain a firsthand perspective on one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Students will travel to the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian to get an inside look at businesses such as Nike, Boeing, Porsche, Baosteel, Han Kun law firm, and Careers International. Depending on the professional interests of the traveling students, other types of businesses may be included in the itinerary.

Students will also be encouraged to explore the Chinese culture. Free time will be allotted for personal activities, including the following tours:

  • The Great Wall
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Bicycle ride on the 2,000-year-old Xian City Wall
  • Terra Cotta Soldiers Museum
  • Everlasting Sorrow Show


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The WSU online Executive MBA is delivered by subject matter experts with extensive real-world experience. Our faculty members take pride in their work and are wholly committed to the success of their students.

Jeanne H. Yamamura

Jeanne H. Yamamura,
C.P.A., M.I.M., Ph.D.
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Carson College of Business

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The Carson College of Business online MBA is designed to prepare business leaders to reach their potential through superior student engagement and challenging coursework. We believe the best MBA programs go beyond basic business content to mold professionals who make a difference. That’s why we strive to provide Cougar MBA online graduates with the contemporary skills, advanced management techniques, and principled ethical standards to make a positive impact on local and global business communities.

The strategic plan of the Washington State University Carson College of Business consists of the following priorities:

Global Outlook: We are committed to broadly developing an appreciation in our students for the cultural and social dimensions of the global business environment.

Research: We are committed to conducting quality research, publishing in our fields’ premier journals, and preparing doctoral students for academic careers.

Professional Perspectives: We are committed to developing professional and responsible future business leaders.

Innovation: We are committed to fostering innovative ideas and entrepreneurial thinking in our students and faculty.

The WSU Carson College of Business spans four campuses throughout Washington state, and has global learning centers in China, Switzerland, and Tanzania, among other academic partnerships abroad. Those connections help us offer an online MBA that connects students to extensive networks of businesses and alumni.

About WSU

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At Washington State University, we take great pride in our land-grant heritage and our longstanding commitment to improving lives and communities through education. Since 1890, WSU has produced forward-thinking graduates who make a difference in the world through skillful, ethical leadership.

Washington State University is a public research university with more than 55 years of experience delivering graduate management education and more than 20 years of offering online degree programs. As a pioneer in online education, WSU is expertly qualified to provide students with an interactive online experience through which they can learn, grow, and become the next generation of Cougar leaders. It is our express mission to:

  • Advance knowledge through creative research and scholarship across a wide range of academic disciplines.
  • Extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility, and service to society.
  • Apply knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.


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AACSB Accredited

AACSB International
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Tampa, FL 33602

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International

The Washington State University Carson College of Business is accredited at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier accreditation organization for business programs. Only 2 percent of business schools worldwide have earned such distinction. AACSB International is a membership association of educational institutions, businesses, not-for-profits, and government organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education in business administration and management.

The AACSB accreditation standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation assures students that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also ensures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates have been prepared to perform on day one. Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to the faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting higher-quality students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

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Colleges and Universities
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Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. Accredited colleges or universities have the necessary resources to achieve their stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, are substantially doing so, and give reasonable evidence that they will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the NWCCU applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.

Global Perspective

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Technological innovation has given businesses big and small the ability to reach a global marketplace. The clear fact is that all business, now and throughout the 21st century, is global business.

To deliver business degrees for today’s world, the online programs at WSU Carson College of Business address a broad range of contemporary business issues from an international viewpoint, preparing graduates to lead successful endeavors into foreign marketplaces. The programs draw on an expansive network of relationships that the Carson College of Business has formed with institutions such as Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China, the University of St. Gallen, Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, and César Ritz Colleges Switzerland in Brig, Switzerland.

Global Perspective


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“Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” (2016)

Washington State University is proud to recognize our nation’s active military personnel and veterans. The #19 ranking for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” reflects this longstanding commitment to building personal and professional relationships with the men and women of the U.S. military. The dedicated WSU military support staff is available to help our online veteran students with support throughout the enrollment phase and during school. We offer help with securing tuition assistance or utilizing the GI Bill; accessing counseling services, career planning, and/or time management advice; and connecting with dedicated student veterans groups.

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“Best Online MBA Programs” (2016)

The WSU Carson College of Business takes a great pride in being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having one of “Best Online Graduate MBA Programs.” Our #22 overall ranking is emblematic of the distinguished faculty we employ and the rigorous curriculum they deliver. However, the figure that gives us the greatest satisfaction and lets us know we’re making an impact is the incredible number of highly skilled, conscientious leaders we send out into the business world. As Cougars, your success contributes to our collective success.

#7 #25

“Princeton Review” (2015)

WSU Carson College of Business Ranked among The Princeton Review’s “Top 25 Online MBA Programs” (2015)


CEO Magazine Online MBA Rankings Tier One (2016)

WSU Carson College of Business was recognized in CEO Magazine in 2016.


“Military Times Best for Vets” (2016)

WSU Carson College of Business was recognized as a Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges in 2016.


“Military Friendly School” (2016)

WSU carson College of Business was recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2016.

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Find out what current students and alumni have to say about the benefits and impact of the Washington State University online Executive MBA program.

Mariann Ward

“I really love the fact that the Executive MBA is so broad based that it ties all the various coursework together, but it also brings in different areas of focus with each new class so that you can put this whole puzzle together into a really well-rounded education.”

Mariann Ward
Manager, DD&C Strategic Business
Development, Salt River Project
Online Executive MBA Graduate,
Class of 2012

Hilla Sferuzza

“Most of the peer student group is composed of industry leaders with interesting and varied backgrounds, allowing for expanded networking opportunities.”

Hilla Sferuzza
Chief Accounting Officer, SVP,
Corporate Controller,
Meritage Homes Corp.
Online Executive MBA Graduate,
Class of 2013

Jonathan L. Dade

“I immediately took a promotion from my previous role as an operations/supply chain manager to a general manager position with another company. The Executive MBA program at WSU has challenged me to think bigger and look for ways where I can bring business units together.”

Jonathan L. Dade
Managing Director, RLB Echad, LLC,
Online Executive MBA Graduate,
Class of Spring 2014

Dan Baldachin

“The program enlisted far more interaction than I have ever felt in a learning situation. We built great camaraderie and really got to know our fellow students and teachers. It offers a feeling of support, allowing you to share and not be inhibited. It was a great learning and sharing environment.”

Dan Baldachin
Technology Manager,
Ernst & Young
Online Executive MBA Graduate,
Class of Spring 2013


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Being a WSU MBA program Ambassador is an opportunity to inspire and motivate others to reach their full potential – the very essence of active leadership. Ambassadors participate in shaping the future of WSU and the world by connecting with others.

Burl Battersby

Burl Battersby
Director of Rooms
Seattle Sheraton
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David Cohen

David Cohen
Operational Development
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
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Jonathan Dade

Jonathan Dade,
Managing Director
RLB Echad, LLC
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Jeff Zon

Jeff Zon,
Executive Technology Director
Whole Foods
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U.S. News

Washington State University is grateful for the service of our nation’s military men and women. We have a time-honored tradition of commitment to active-duty military personnel and veterans. This commitment has earned us the distinction of being ranked #19 among “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

To best accommodate those who must balance their academic schedule with military responsibilities and family life, the online Executive MBA is delivered in a flexible, fully online format with no residency requirements. We are proud to provide armed services personnel with an opportunity to earn an advanced degree that is high-quality, relevant, and accredited.

Our exceptional level of support includes dedicated staff members who provide assistance to online veterans and active-duty military personnel throughout the enrollment phase and during school. This support includes help navigating the Tuition Assistance or the GI Bill program; accessing psychological and counseling services, career planning, and/or time management advice; and connecting with student veterans groups.

Washington State University is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and accepts students who qualify for GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. Additionally, WSU is a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) member, and the online MBA is listed in the Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education support (DANTES) Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs.


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Meet your enrollment advisors and student advisor. Your support team is standing by to help you earn your Cougar Executive MBA, from beginning to end. Enrollment advisors help you initially, guiding you through the application process to acceptance. Your student advisor supports you from acceptance to graduation.

Meet Our Enrollment Advisors

With a combined 37 years of experience in higher education administration, our enrollment advisors are here to help you navigate the research, decision, and application process. For applicants who are already balancing personal and professional responsibilities, the enrollment process can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, an enrollment advisor is standing by to assist you with any questions or issues you may have regarding your application, requirements for admission, and financial aid options.

Meet Our Student Advisor

As an expert on the online Executive MBA program, our student advisor is here to guide you through the academic process, from acceptance into the program to graduation. She is a great source of information regarding curriculum.

Samantha Margentina

Samantha Margentina,
Enrollment Advisor

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enrollment requirements

International Students

Please submit all of the materials as required in addition to the following:

  • Official copies of certificates and/or diplomas
  • TOEFL: 580 (237c) (93 IBTS)
    • School Code: 4705


  • Pearson Test of English
    • Code: 8Z2-GT-38
    • Score: 62

Enrollment Requirements

Before you begin the application process, be sure to carefully review the following requirements for enrollment into the online Executive MBA program:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Seven+ years of management, senior management, or executive business experience
  • GPA: Min. 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GMAT: The GMAT may be waived for qualified candidates*
    • Successful candidates typically submit a GMAT score of 550 or better.
    • GMAT Code: 09D-TL-19
  • Completed and signed application (online)
  • Executive MBA supplemental application form
  • Letter of organizational support
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Organizational summary (500 words or fewer describing your organization and role within it)
  • Organizational chart
  • Official transcripts
  • Interview

*GMAT Substitution Policy

The GMAT is required for admission to all WSU MBA programs. In combination with academic and professional experience, the GMAT is a good predictor of a candidate’s success in an MBA program. Under certain circumstances, applicants may request a waiver of the GMAT requirement. GMAT waiver requests will only be considered from those applicants who exceed basic MBA admission requirements (including a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale, strong recommendation letters, and a completed application) and either (1) have previously completed a graduate or professional degree, or (2) can demonstrate at least seven years of progressive managerial experience in position(s) requiring supervisory decision making and leadership. Applicants must submit a written request asking that the above items evidenced in their application file be considered for a GMAT substitution.

Transfer Credits

Due to the nature of the WSU online Executive MBA program, transfer credits are not accepted.

Important Dates

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Keeping track of the important program-related dates throughout the year, including application deadlines, is critical to your academic success. Use the calendar below to help you stay on course.


Spring 1 2016
Application Deadline November 23, 2015
Start Date January 11, 2016
Summer 1 2016
Application Deadline March 28, 2016
Start Date May 9, 2016
Fall 1 2016
Application Deadline July 11, 2016
Start Date August 22, 2016

Tuition & Fees

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Your choice to invest in an advanced education can be one of the most worthwhile decisions you will ever make. Here is a breakdown of the costs related to the online Executive MBA:

  • Tuition per credit hour: $1,137
  • Total tuition: $50,000 (44 credits)
  • Application fee: $75
  • Number of courses: 14

All tuition and fees are subject to change.

  • Some courses may incur their own additional fees. Tuition costs above do not include the cost of books.
  • Specific details will be provided prior to registration.
  • Federal financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Student Financial Services

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You may be eligible for financial assistance to help fund your education. Eligibility for need-based financial aid – most commonly available in the form of federal student loans – is determined by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Private loans are available from a variety of sources. The WSU Financial Aid Office and the Carson College of Business do not specifically endorse these loans or lenders, and we encourage you to carefully consider all loan options. Students are financially responsible for their own tuition.

To learn more about the financial aid options available to you, consult the Student Financial Services website.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

A 3.0 GPA is required to enroll and to stay enrolled regardless of funding. If you do receive financial aid, in addition to maintaining a 3.0 GPA you must meet certain standards of academic progress to continue to receive funding. Failure to meet these standards could result in financial aid being withheld. It is very important for any student who may accept financial aid of any kind to understand the associated responsibilities and required rates of progress.

To learn more, read WSU’s policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress and Academic Deficiency Requirements.

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