November 2019 EMBA curriculum / grading

Welcome to Smartly! Here's the course syllabus for your program. It's strongly recommended that you follow the schedule below to complete your required lessons per week. 

~Course Requirements~

To earn your EMBA degree, you must: 

  1. Complete all courses in the EMBA curriculum within the required time frame.
  2. Achieve scores of at least 80% in the graded SMARTCASE lessons. (SMARTCASEs can be taken as many times as you want. Only the best score will be counted towards your final grade.)
  3. Complete the exams associated with each concentration and your chosen Specializations. 
  4. Complete the written projects and proctored oral examinations.
  5. Complete the Capstone Project and Presentation. In order to graduate, you must submit and pass both your written Capstone project (with a score of 3 or higher) and your Capstone presentation (with a score of 2 or higher).
  6. Submit the required documents that confirm your identity, eligibility and past academic performance as referenced in your EMBA application. 

Your grade is weighted in the following way:

  • Projects & Presentations: 30%
  • SMARTCASEs: 10%
  • Exams: 60%

See below for more information on projects, presentations, SMARTCASEs, exams, and Specializations.

~Course Schedule~


Week 1:  
November 4
Accounting I: Fundamentals            
Accounting II: Revenues and Expenses      
Week 2:  
November 11
Stocks and Bonds          
Accounting III: Financial Statements      
Week 3:  
November 18
Accounting IV: Working with Ratios             
Managerial Accounting   
Week 4: 
November 25
Accounting Exam
Week 5:  
December 2
Accounting Case Study 
Creating Financial Statements in Excel (Optional, but recommended if you have Excel)    
Week 6: 
December 9
Accounting Case Study Due
Submit your accounting case study by the end of the week.  
Week 7:  
December 16
Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand        
Microeconomics II: Shape Your Economic Worldview   
Week 8:  
December 23
Winter Break
Week 9:  
December 30
Winter Break
Week 10: 
January 6
Microeconomics III: Markets and Externalities           
Macroeconomics: Economic Fluctuations  
Week 11: 
January 13
Macroeconomics: US Fiscal and Monetary Policy              
Macroeconomics: International Trade    
Week 12:  
January 20
Markets and Economies Exam   
Week 13:  
January 27
 Markets and Economies Case Study Presentation
Week 14:  
February 3
One-Variable Statistics 
Week 15:  
February 10
Probability Fundamentals              
Probability Distributions  
Week 16:  
February 17
Two-Variable Statistics                 
Regression Analysis    
Week 17:  
February 24
Data Collection 
Week 18:  
March 2
Statistical Inference: Making Data-Driven Decisions  
Week 19: 
March 9
Data and Decisions Exam  
Week 20:  
March 16
Operations Management Fundamentals   
Project Management   
Week 21:  
March 23
Operations Management Exam
Week 22:  
March 30
Specialization Period 1
Week 23:  
April 6
Specialization Period 1 
Week 24:  
April 13
Specialization Period 1 
Week 25:  
April 20
Organizational Behavior: Working in Groups and Teams        
Organizational Structure and Culture
Week 26:  
April 27
Theories of Leadership        
Developing a Corporate Philosophy    
Week 27:  
May 4
Corporate Governance
Week 28: 
May 11
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility           
The Art of Negotiation
Week 29: 
May 18
Leading Organizations Exam
Week 30:
May 25
Leading Organizations Case Study
Week 31:  
June 1
Marketing Fundamentals            
Marketing Mechanics 
Week 32:  
June 8
Brand Development and Management              
A/B Testing for Marketers 
Week 33:  
June 15
Digital Marketing Fundamentals 
Pricing I: Fundamentals 
Week 34: 
June 22
Pricing II: Price Segmentation to Maximize Profit 
Pricing III: E-Commerce Pricing
Week 35:  
June 29
Marketing and Pricing Exam 
Week 36:  
July 6
Capstone Project Kickoff  
Developing a Business Plan  
The Art of Presentation
Week 37:  
July 13
Strategy I: Business-Level Strategy     
Strategy II: Corporate-Level Strategy 
Week 38:  
July 20
Strategy and Innovation Case Study
Week 39:  
July 27
Strategy III: International Strategy     
Balanced Scorecard
Week 40:  
August 3
Strategy and Innovation Exam
Week 41:  
August 10
Strategy and Innovation Case Study Presentation
Week 42:  
August 17
Specialization Period 2 
Week 43:  
August 24
Specialization Period 2    
Week 44:  
August 31
Specialization Period 2   
Week 45:  
September 7
Finance: Time Value of Money          
Cost of Capital I: Capital Structure  
Week 46:  
September 14
Cost of Capital II: The Modigliani-Miller Theorem
Week 47:  
September 21
Capital Budgeting 
Modern Portfolio Theory
Week 48: 
September 28
Finance Exam
Week 49:  
October 5
 Corporate Finance Case Study
Week 50: 
October 12
Corporate Finance Case Study Due
Week 51:  
October 19
Capstone Project Check-In
Week 52:  
October 26
 Specialization Period 3
Week 53:  
November 2
Specialization Period 3
Week 54: 
November 9
Specialization Period 3 
Capstone Project and Presentation Due by end of week
Week 55: 
November 16
Specialization Period 3 
   

More about the Projects & Presentations Grade - 30%

Over the course of this program, you will complete four projects and three proctored oral examinations. Each project and presentation we assign will be accompanied by a prompt and grading rubric. Grading will be based on the thoroughness and accuracy of your response. The assignment and due dates for each project are listed on your curriculum above. The Capstone project and presentation accounts for half of the project grade.

More about SMARTCASE scores - 10%

As you progress through lessons in Smartly, feel free to explore different answer options (both correct and incorrect) that trigger helpful feedback. You are not expected to get all "correct answers" while you are learning—mistakes are half of learning, after all—so, you aren't graded on regular lessons. You are graded on SMARTCASE lessons, as mentioned above. Only your top score in SMARTCASEs will count towards your final grade, so you can feel free to take SMARTCASEs as many times as you like.

More about the Exams - 60%

You will take eight Concentration Exams and three Specialization Exams over the course of your program. These exams are made available after each concentration or specialization has ended, according to your schedule. The exams are all open book, and each consists of several lessons. They're similar in format to SMARTCASEs, meaning there are no open response questions. For more about the concentration exams, click here.

More about Specializations

Smartly Specializations allow EMBA students to get a deeper understanding of topics they’re interested in. In order to graduate, each student needs to complete three specializations, with the option to complete more. If a student completes more than three specialization exams, only the top three specialization exam scores will be counted toward that student's final grade. All completed specializations, along with the earned exam score, may still be included on the student's Smartly transcript. For more information on available specializations, click here.

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