University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Walton
Executive MBA

With constantly evolving business requirements, employers need professionals with broad knowledge of how various business functions fit together.

Our Executive MBA program will expand your expertise in core business fields so you can draw critical connections that impact your organization.

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Our program is built around your life and career. With face-to-face class days organized just one Saturday per month, the Walton EMBA is designed to accommodate your busy schedule as a working professional.

Strong connections with Fortune 500 companies in our region put you within reach of a powerful network of business leaders so you can advance your career.

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Courses and Schedule

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Work/Life Balance

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Apply?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Current Student Listing

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Just the Facts: Walton Executive MBA

Program Length

2 Years

Part-time schedule: 6 hours of coursework per semester. Students attend class just one Saturday each month.

Start Date

Fall

New cohorts begin each Fall Semester for the Executive MBA program.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test

GMAT or GRE

Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

July 1

Total Program Cost

$47,854

Out of State: $47,854
International: $47,854
Healthcare Executive MBA: $55,410
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Financial Assistance

Paying for College

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

View a listing of current Walton Executive MBA Students.

News and Notes: Walton MBA Insider

Grace Crain (Walton MBA '23 and Homecoming Queen '21)

Walton MBA Student Grace Crain Hands Off Her Homecoming Crown

2021 Homecoming Queen Grace Crain (Walton MBA ‘23) handed off her crown to fellow Little Rock native Karlie Barnett at the Arkansas vs. Liberty Homecoming football game this year. Grace sat down with Walton MBA Insider to discuss her homecoming experience and what it means to be a leader, a role model and a Razorback.

December 5, 2022 | By Ariel Sibley

Raleigh Woods posing with SpaceX sign

MBA Graduate Reaches New Heights at SpaceX

Raleigh Woods (MBA ’22) secured a full-time position with SpaceX after graduating from the Walton MBA program. She will be working as a sourcing specialist supporting Starlink in the Seattle, WA area.

September 1, 2022 | By Lori Speer

(L-R) Remko van Hoek, Jason Ridge, Tomas Jandik, Rogelio Contreras

Congratulations to Walton MBA Faculty Awards Winners

The 2021-2022 Walton College Faculty Awards have been announced! The recipients were selected based on nominations, their current curriculum vitae and a personal statement that includes teaching evaluations, student comments, sample assignments, summaries of recent research publications, citation counts, grant awards and program innovations.

May 4, 2022 | By Lori Speer

Tina Winham

Alumna Tina Winham Makes a Positive Community Impact

Walton EMBA Program alumna Tina Winham graduated with her MBA in 2018 and currently works as the Walmart lead at Conair in the Hair Beauty Accessories division. With over 15 years of experience overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, Winham has extensive experience with operations, sales and marketing efforts for several major global brands.

May 4, 2022 | By Taylor Poe

Willard J. Walker building

Custom Tracks Through the Walton MBA

Students are specializing their graduate school experience by developing custom degree plans. In this business climate, niche talents can find their place to shine. Currently, the University of Arkansas’ Walton MBA program offers five different career tracks in entrepreneurship and innovation, retail marketing, supply chain management, financial management and data analytics.

April 27, 2022 | By Heidi Rolf

The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton College alumni are closely connected to the college and the Executive MBA, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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Courses and Program Schedule

First Year Classes

Late Summer/Orientation

Accounting/Statistics Boot Camp (no credit) This course examines how accounting records economic events and ultimately communicates the results of those events in the financial statements, including the balance sheet, income statement and the statement of cash flows. Topics includes the accounting cycle as well as accounting for assets, liabilities, stockholders’ equity, revenues and expenses. There is also a thorough discussion of how accounting incorporates internal controls to safeguard a firm’s assets. The course concludes with an overview of financial statements and how financial statement analysis can help monitor and measure the overall financial performance of the firm.
Introduction to Strategy This course provides an introduction to business strategy, the driving force behind virtually all decisions of the firm. The goal of strategy is to make decisions that create value for customers, employees, and suppliers. This course offers an introduction to this value creation process. (MBAD 5602)

Fall Semester

Quantitative Methods and Decision Making Utilization of information, quantitative techniques, and computer application in decision making and problem solving for managers. (SCMT 5133)
Marketing Product management, market research, marketing communications, retailing and distribution, consumer behavior, and social and ethical implications of marketing. (MKTG 5223)

Spring Semester

Economics of Management and Strategy Information economics and applied game theory. (ECON 5253)
Corporate Financial Management Financial analysis, planning and control; decision making and modeling for financial managers; and financial policies for management. (FINN 5113)

Summer Semester

Financial Statement Analysis for Executives This course provides a framework for understanding the intersection between business strategy, accounting, economics, and finance. Using historical financial statements as the primary information input, you will employ tools that enable you to better understand the drivers of current performance and risk, forecast future performance, and construct a value estimate. These tools can be applied in a number of contexts including equity valuation, project selection, and managerial evaluation. Not eligible for MAcc program students. Prerequisite: MBA Director consent. (ACCT 5263)
Global Business Provides MBA students with the opportunity to explore a business problem in depth under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. (MBAD 5533)

Second Year Classes

Fall Semester

PLAN: Demand Planning and Inventory Operations This course focuses on 'plan' in the plan, source, make, deliver framework. It examines the integrated planning and management of supply chain activities including, notably, demand forecasting and replenishment. In addition to modeling related decisions both in within-firm and supply chain contexts, strategic issues related to interfirm coordination and collaboration will be discussed. (SCMT 5663)
Special Topic in Strategy and Entrepreneurship This is a course provided by individual faculty and tailored to the research interests of the student. The course is developed in consultation with the student so that scholarly articles are assigned to assist the student with detailed knowledge of the specific research area in which the student has interests. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of the SEVI PhD Coordinator. (SEVI 636V)

Spring Semester

Career Track I
Career Track II

Summer Semester

Leadership and Organizational Behavior Managing in a global workforce, including human resource issues, motivation, performance evaluation, quality concepts, transformational leadership, and selection/ recruitment/ development of employees. (MGMT 5613)
Strategic Management Strategy formulation, strategy implementation, and other topics related to the long-term success of the firm. Includes role of the general manager, international issues, and the impact of management fads on decision making. (SEVI 5313)

View more details in the Executive MBA Program catalog listing.

Program Highlights

Because the Walton College is located in the heart of the retail industry, we have designed our Executive MBA curriculum with a strong foundation in the value chain and the consumer-packaged goods industry.

We focus on applications-based learning through cases and projects that can be quickly applied to your current workplace. By organizing around the value chain, the Walton EMBA blends theory with analysis of real-world business solutions.

Opportunities to grow don’t end with the classroom. Students will enhance their understanding of the business and cultural environments of prominent emerging markets through overseas projects in Global Business. EMBA students also participate in our award-winning entrepreneurship program, professional development with industry experts, and networking with extraordinary corporate connections.

Executive MBA
Healthcare Career Track Option

The Healthcare career track is designed for students who wish to develop specialized expertise in health care administration, blended with best practices from other industries, as they complete a full MBA degree.

The healthcare course offerings are designed and will be delivered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in partnership with the Walton College. This program is specifically designed for physicians and other clinicians who wish to prepare themselves for managerial roles and for individuals interested in moving into healthcare management as well as for those who realize the need for specific healthcare expertise to benefit them in their current roles.

In order to provide our students with the necessary scope in healthcare administration studies, this track includes two additional classes and therefore incurs an extra cost. Please see Cost and Funding for details.

Work-Life Balance

When trying to decide if getting your MBA is the next step to furthering your career, what often comes to mind is the time commitment. How can you take the leap into a program without the confidence that it won’t derail the life and career you’ve worked so hard to build?

We know you don’t have time to stop the rest of your life while you get your degree, so we designed the Walton Executive MBA to fit into your busy schedule. Our part-time program balances classroom instruction with online learning activities. With face-to-face class days organized just one Saturday per month, you can plan your schedule up to a year in advance. Our faculty make sure you know your assignments well ahead of time, giving you the ability to plan around your work schedule.




Saturday Class Dates

Spring
2024
Summer
2024
Fall
2024
Spring
2025
Summer
2025 – EMBA, MSPI, SCMT
Summer
2025 – MIS, MABA
January
20
May
18
August
24
January
18
May
17
May
31
February
17
June
15
September
21
February
15
June
7
June
14
March
9
July
6
October
26
March
8
June
28
June
28
April
6
July
20
(ISYS Only)
November
9
April
5
July
26
July
26
April
27
July
27
(EMBA and MS SCMT Only)
December
7
April
26


 

* Students admitted to the professional programs in the Walton College are required to attend a multi-day orientation prior to the start of scheduled courses. Dates to be determined. Please contact gsb@walton.uark.edu for more information.

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