Emerging Leaders MBA


Program Description

The Emerging Leaders MBA (ELMBA) is a full-time, one-year cohort program designed for recent college graduates and early career professionals. Cohorts are comprised of diverse individuals with a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds, exposing students in the program to valuable networks that extend far beyond the classroom. The Sellinger School of Business was recently named a “Best” Business School by the Princeton Review in its 2019 annual business school rankings. MBA Central also ranked the program among the "Top 50 Fastest MBAs" based on accreditation, tuition, and prestige.

Active Learning

Our immersive, experiential curriculum builds upon your strong functional knowledge and critical thinking skills through a variety of real-world experiences including corporate visits, mentoring, and internships. Each semester brings about the opportunity to participate in “First Friday” site visits, leadership and career development workshops, networking, and team building exercises.

Explore Your World

Students participate in domestic and international field studies in which the exploration of emerging markets, new business climates, and cultures are experienced firsthand. ELMBA students have traveled to Spain, Chile, Panama, China, Peru, and Vietnam.

Loyola Ready

As a student and alumnus of our MBA program, you’ll have access to Loyola’s Career Center, which is dedicated to connecting you with organizations in need of your expertise. Upon graduation, you become a part of our expansive alumni network in Baltimore and around the globe.

Full-Time MBA Courses for the Emerging Leaders MBA Program

Core Courses

The ELMBA program is a set curriculum comprised of 45 credits. Students will complete the following:

Pre-program Competency

  • Math Proficiency (online resources provided)


  • Program Orientation
  • Applied Business Statistics
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Leading & Managing People
  • Communicating in the Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business
  • Managerial Economics
  • Emerging Leaders Sustainability Colloquium


  • Domestic Field Study
  • Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Strategic Information Systems & Technologies
  • Globalization and International Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Financial Strategy
  • Operations & Process Strategies
  • International Field Study
  • Emerging Leaders Sustainability Colloquium


  • Strategic Management
  • Special Topics
  • Internship
  • Final Retreat

Learning Aims

The MBA program will have the following learning goals and objectives:

Effective Communication

Students will develop effective communication skills to synthesize complex business ideas.

  • Objective 1: Students will be able to effectively communicate quantitative and qualitative business concepts in a clear and concise manner in written and oral formats.
  • Objective 2: Students will be able to work and communicate effectively with diverse team members.

Analytical and Critical Thinking

Students will develop the ability to analyze complex management situations by managing information, applying qualitative and quantitative solutions, and integrating information technology to improve decision making and increase competitive advantage in an environment of rapid change.

  • Objective 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to identify analyze and solve complex business problems using quantitative methods, statistical analyses, and information technology.
  • Objective 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to reflect and draw on coursework and life experiences in making managerial decisions in competitive and uncertain business environments.

Knowledge and Integration of Functional Area Content

Students will successfully apply and integrate the functional areas of the business to improve strategic decision making.

  • Objective 1: Students will be able to take strategic, comprehensive, and innovative approaches in making business decisions to create value in a challenging environment.
  • Objective 2: Students will be able to integrate knowledge of the core business functions to solve complex, ambiguous and unfamiliar management problems.

Ethical Leadership

Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical frameworks for management decision-making and leadership.

  • Objective 1: Students will demonstrate that they are ready to act based upon knowledge of legal principles, classical ethical guidelines, and social responsibility.
  • Objective 2: Students will be able to analyze organizational environments, understand and communicate the underlying social and ethical forces, determine appropriate responses, and implement solutions.
  • Objective 3: Students will be able to recognize ethical issues, propose solutions to an ethical dilemma and use ethical reasoning to justify the solutions.

Global Awareness

Students will demonstrate an appreciation of conducting business in a global environment.

  • Objective 1: Students will be able to identify factors affecting the global economy and international business, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors.
  • Objective 2: Students will be able to use analytical frameworks to evaluate the factors impacting the global economy and international business.
  • Objective 3: Students will be able to apply knowledge of the global economy and international business to make informed business decisions.

Emerging Leaders MBA Requirements

The following should be completed online/uploaded on the application:

  • Online application form; Non-refundable fee of $60
  • Resume or vitae
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Two professional/academic letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic)

The following test scores should be submitted directly from the test administrator to Loyola (Loyola's institution code is 5370):

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Score Report. Scores must be within five years of the application deadline. Applicants who meet certain provisions can request consideration for admission without submitting a GMAT score. Please review the GMAT waiver request policy.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Score Report. Required only if English is not your native language or if you have not completed a degree program taught in English (cannot be more than two years old).
Last updated Feb 2019

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