Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri
  • We'll show you how 21 months can change everything.
  • We'll show you global.
  • We'll show you a better and smarter MBA.


There are three elements that define the Trulaske execMBA:

  1. Cohort structure
  2. Hybrid education
  3. Exceptional value

A Group Banded Together

The Trulaske execMBA was designed based on the philosophy that people who are interested in advancing themselves want to be surrounded by others who also have a similar drive, energy and intellect. Connecting to those in your cohort during the on-campus sessions adds meaning to the discussions and online portion of the program.

The Modern Way to Learn

The hybrid education model allows us to take advantage of the benefits of technology, while also encouraging relationship building between students and faculty in our flexible MBA program. And there’s nothing like traveling to foreign countries to create lasting bonds.

Curriculum is 75 percent online and 25 percent on campus, completed in 21 months.

During the 8 in-person, on-campus weekend sessions, you can expect:

  • Individual/group presentations
  • Case discussions
  • Group projects
  • Simulations
  • Professional development activities
  • Interactions with executive speakers
  • Professional networking events

The online environment consists of:

  • Short, topical videos
  • Real-time video conferencing
  • Customized discussion boards
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Small group assignments
  • Daily communication and interaction

International residency includes:

  • Nine days split between two global locations
  • Company visits
  • Meetings with local executives
  • Focus on contextual intelligence within international business

Irreplaceable Value

The decision to obtain an advanced degree is not an easy one. There are many factors to consider, and with other programs, cost can be a barrier to entry. In the Trulaske Executive MBA Program, you’ll learn how to optimize opportunities and take strategic risks. You'll strengthen your influence and effectiveness. Plus, our flexible execMBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It's a high ROI.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the program take to complete?

The program is completed in 21 months. The schedule includes breaks (e.g., winter break, spring break, summer break, etc.)

Will I receive an MBA or an EMBA degree?

Students earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

What classes and/or key concepts are taught?

In the Trulaske execMBA Program, you will build skills that increase self- and global-awareness, develop strategic risk taking, and heighten influence. These skill outcomes were identified by a task force of executive advisors and full-time business faculty in the Trulaske College of Business as critically important in building extraordinary leaders. All students proceed through a core MBA curriculum that includes accounting, marketing, economics, organizational behavior, and finance. Also included in the curriculum is the Professional Advancement Series, which focuses on leadership and career development. In this series, candidates receive personalized coaching, personal assessment, plus a series of webinars and onsite workshops.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework during the week?

On average, students should anticipate spending about 12 hours per week on homework. This includes connecting with teammates and reviewing online materials. Our online course delivery gives students the flexibility to plan coursework around their work schedules.

How many classes will I take per semester?

You will take two courses every 8 weeks, typically one quantitative and one qualitative, for a total of four courses per semester. Courses are paired to ensure synergy between class topics and a balanced workload.

I travel for work. Will I have enough flexibility to complete my coursework?

Absolutely. Classes and course materials are built to accommodate traveling professionals and those with demanding schedules. All materials are available online at all times of the day.

How do students interact with team members or faculty online?

Our online courses are hosted in a learning environment called Canvas. The execMBA leverages a combination of email, video conferencing software, and customized discussion boards to facilitate student and faculty communication. Faculty members are flexible with their schedules, and work with students to ensure that office hours and meeting times are accessible to all.

Does everyone take the same courses, or are there electives?

Students take classes in a specific sequence, and all students take the same classes together. There are no electives, though students can customize their experience through class assignments that allow students to study and learn about industries of their choice.

How are the students divided into teams?

Students are grouped into teams of about five, which are diversified in terms of industry, experience level, educational background, and other measures of professional diversity. Later, students self-select their teams. Teams work together and support each other throughout the program. Halfway through the program, teams are shuffled to increase interaction within the cohort.

How often do I need to be on campus?

Students come to campus in Columbia, Missouri, eight times over the course of the 21-month program. The program begins with a four-day orientation residency in August and ends with a four-day graduation residency in May. For the other residencies, students come together on campus Friday morning and head home Saturday afternoon.

You can view the full academic calendar here.

Are the on-campus residencies required?

Yes. On-campus visits allow students to interact with classmates, professors and guests in a meaningful way. It also serves as an opportunity to apply the curriculum to contemporary business issues.

Is the cost of traveling to campus included in the cost of the program?

No. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging in Columbia, Missouri. However, the costs of the international residency, including airfare, hotel, and group activities, are included.

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