George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Executive MBA Residencies

Regardless of your chosen track, all EMBA students participate in an opening residency that focuses on developing a broad understanding of the economic environment of business and the development of high-performing teams.

Global Residency

Required for Global EMBA students and optional (at an additional cost) for National Security and Critical Infrastructure EMBA students, the global residency encompasses a 10-day trip to selected cities in Asia, Europe or South America. Professors from local universities provide an introduction to the business environment of each country visited and help prepare students for company visits and meetings with executives from local and multinational firms. Company presentations are delivered by directors and top managers. Housing is provided in business-class hotels, and time is provided for cultural excursions and other activities.

Learn more about the global residency from the perspective of an EMBA student.

National Security Residencies

During the first of two Washington, D.C., residencies, students will develop a working knowledge of the national defense industry, the appropriations and budget process, policy development in the Department of Defense (DoD), and enterprise management through a four-day combination of in-class sessions and site visits to Capitol Hill. Students will also gain familiarity with the organization of DoD, insight into acquisition policy development, government contracting, export compliance and defense security management processes.

The second residency focuses on the business/defense industry interaction that focuses on defense acquisition and program execution in a project management office. Students will gain familiarity with the defense acquisition framework, budget execution, and earned value management principles. In addition, the residency will provide students with insights on effective interaction between industry and government through round table sessions.

Learn more about the national security residency from the perspective of two EMBA students.

Critical Infrastructure Residencies

During two Washington, D.C., residencies students will learn about the policy, strategy, and practical application of all-hazards risk assessment and management in the context of critical infrastructure protection and resilience. In addition, students will gain enhanced skills in business negotiation and techniques, and proficiency in incorporating financial indicators and metrics into critical business decisions.

New York Residency (Optional)

Contingent on student interest, this residency ecompasses a trip to New York which concludes EMBA 703 Financial Markets. During this residency, students hear from top managers of financial institutions and visit a number of those institutions to develop a comprehensive understanding of worldwide financial markets.