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Emerging Leader MBA

Emerging Leader MBA

Invest one year. Create countless new opportunities.

Program Highlights
Is this MBA Right for Me?

The Emerging Leader MBA program is designed for those transitioning directly from a four-year undergraduate degree, early career professionals, and those with little business background. It can be completed in just one year, depending upon prior completion of foundational undergraduate business classes, or students may take up to three years to complete if attending part-time.

Looking for a competitive edge in the job market or advancement in your career? Perhaps you want to make a difference in the world and improve environmental and social conditions. Earning an MBA is an investment in yourself. It shows employers you have the business acumen and leadership skills to drive success--not just for profit, but for people and the planet! That's inspired business, and that's Boler difference!

In the Emerging Leader MBA program, our students learn what it takes to lead in a rapidly changing workplace, acquiring skills to adapt and to inspire others for success--economically, environmentally and socially.

Guest business leaders will offer expertise and assistance to hone your strategic sense, presentation skills and judgement. A focus on in-demand analytics skills will teach you critical business decision-making, informed by cross-functional quantitative and behavioral tools.

Throughout the curriculum, you will receive personal attention from faculty and staff. Business coaching and mentoring is provided from our Executives in Residence, and extensive experiential learning takes place in and out of the classroom with JCU alumni and business leaders.

The Emerging Leader MBA offers just the right mix of faculty, both academic and business practitioners, supported by the culture, mission and values of our Jesuit heritage. Our extensive JCU alumni network offers valuable opportunities to network and make connections.

At John Carroll University's Boler College of Business, we walk the walk! Everyday, our students put into practice what they have learned in order to make a difference in people's lives and in the world. Choose Boler and learn to live inspired!

Emerging Leader MBA Highlights

  • AACSB Accreditation
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Evening classes on our beautiful campus
  • 33 credit hours


  • GMAT/GRE (Optional)
  • Experiential projects
  • Discussion-based
  • Jesuit MBA network

Program Design
Business Complexity Meets Social Responsibility

The Emerging Leader MBA encourages a problem-based or case-method, allowing students to walk around the business problems presented and to consider the “case” from varied perspectives. You will:

  • gain skills in critical thinking and communication;
  • learn to discuss both the “how” and “why” of business;
  • exercise an administrative point of view and develop decision-making frameworks;
  • experience yourself within a group dynamic, and account for interpersonal factors such as trust, respect, and risk-taking.

Master the Boler MBA Mindsets

  • Ethical Mindset: learn to distinguish between what’s legal and what’s right.
  • Systems Mindset: learn to see patterns in markets, customer behaviors, and supply chain irregularities.
  • Innovation Mindset: learn what makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial.
  • Dynamic Mindset: learn to see the opportunity present in every market disruption and new set of data.

Why a Jesuit MBA?

Are you considering an MBA simply to boost salary or do you also want to pursue an inspired life? Backed by a 500-year-old Jesuit tradition, a Boler MBA program asks every student, regardless of faith, to gain a 360-degree view of people, markets, resources and embrace an “eyes wide open” encounter with the world. As a Boler graduate, you will connect business to human needs and opportunities. You will drive meaningful innovation and create just and sustainable value.

Boler Emerging Leader MBA At A Glance

DELIVERY: Evenings (Monday - Thursday courses)

CREDITS: 33-credit hour program (45 if all business foundation courses are required)

TIME FRAME: May be completed in one year (summer included) or up to three years

TESTING: GMAT or GRE are not required for admissions; required for certain assistantship and scholarship consideration

Fall: August 1
Spring: December  1
Assistantships: February 15
Summer: April 1


SCHOLARSHIPS: Boler Dean's Award, Magis, and Presidential

ASSISTANTSHIPS: Limited number (tuition waiver up to 15 credit hours per academic year plus stipend) - February 15 Application Deadline 


DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Business Administration

ACCREDITATION: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Boler College of Business holds dual AACSB accreditation (school and accounting program), placing it among only 4 percent of business schools worldwide.

Boler Emerging Leader MBA Curriculum

Our 33 credit hour program (45 if all business foundation prerequisite courses are required) can be completed in only one year if attending full time. The course schedule for the Emerging Leader MBA program (excluding the business foundation prerequisite courses) is as follows:

Year Semester Course Name Credits
First Fall Inspired Business Forum 0
  Fall Managerial Accounting 3
  Fall Managerial Economics 3
  Fall Marketing Management 3
  Fall Leadership and Management Skills 3
  Spring Analytics-Driven Business Insights 3
  Spring Financial Management 3
  Spring Elective Course 1 3
  Spring Elective Course 2 3
  Summer Ethics and Business Social Responsibility 3
  Summer Supply Chain and Operations Management 3
  Summer Corporate Strategic Management 3
  Summer Graduate Internship 0

Students must complete two elective courses; one global elective is recommended. Students may create a concentration by choosing both electives in the same area, i.e., Management, Accounting, Economics, Marketing, Finance.

Boler Emerging Leader MBA Admissions

Information about admissions into the Boler Emerging Leader MBA program may be found on the Boler website Emerging Leader Admissions.

Program Learning Goals

The Emerging Leader MBA program is designed to develop the skill sets necessary for graduates to be successful in a variety of management situations. Specifically, the program is designed so that students will demonstrate:

  1. Managerial level knowledge of the functional areas of business;
  2. The application of analytical and quantitative techniques to solving business problems;
  3. Effective influential communication skills for oral presentations and written communication;
  4. Effective leadership of self and others in problem solving situations;
  5. The evaluation of the ethical dimensions of business problems and the application of an ethical framework while solving business problems;
  6. The application of multiple aspects of social responsibility in solving business problems.


We would like to speak with you directly about your interest in the Boler Emerging Leader MBA program. We invite you to contact us to discuss the program and whether it’s the best fit for your goals and current career/life situation.

Telephone: (216) 397-1970



Boler College of Business is an essential source of talent, economic investment and ideas for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Alumni, faculty and corporate partners continue to renew that partnership in various industries like biomedicine, social innovation and manufacturing.

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