The Executive MBA is designed for those with a minimum of 7 years of significant business or military/professional experience. The program's focus is management decision making, strategic management of business resources, and leadership – all in the context of National Security and Government Contracting firms. Dedicated faculty, an innovative and relevant curriculum for the D.C. area, a student-centered program team, and great colleagues contribute to the learning experience of a lifetime. The program is carefully designed to help students master a broad range of executive-level competencies while cultivating expert business-related knowledge of the National Security business environment. Students complete the program as a cohort, resulting in strong bonds and networking opportunities. The program is completed in 16 months, starting in January and classes are held approximately one Saturday and one Friday per month.

Diversity in Learning

Students encounter multiple approaches to learning in the program. Classroom discussions, team projects, individual reading, team presentations, team problem solving, business simulations, business case analyses, coaching, and a D.C. residency all contribute to the creative learning environment delivered by the Mason Executive MBA Program.

National Security Focus

With America's role in the world continually evolving to meet new global challenges, the role of leadership in the security industry has never been more vital. The need for military leaders, government executives and corporate defense contractors who can provide mission critical products and services - and who understand the unique demands of the complex and dynamic national security sector - has never been more critical. Dedicated faculty from the Mason School of Business and adjunct faculty (working faculty working in specialty areas of the security sector) as well as accomplished government, military, and corporate guest speakers, technical experts, and Mason alumni employed in the security industry, are a part of the National Security focus on this program. The dynamic learning environment brings contemporary challenges of the national security industry right into the classroom.


Full eligibility and admission requirements can be viewed at the program's website.


All students registering for School of Business graduate courses must have graduate standing.  Non-degree student status is not available. 

Banner Code: BU-MBA-BUEX

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 48


Students complete eight 8-week modules. During each eight-week module, students complete two courses (one in-person and one on-line) in an applications-oriented sequence that takes them from developing core management skills through the understanding and application of the tools of business performance to the talents of leadership.

Required Courses

EMBA 603Managerial Economics3
EMBA 612Managing Costs and Evaluating Performance3
EMBA 613Financial Accounting3
EMBA 623Marketing3
EMBA 633Statistics for Business Decision Making3
EMBA 638Services and Operations Management3
EMBA 643Managerial Finance3
EMBA 653Organizational Behavior and Teams3
EMBA 660Management of Information Technology3
EMBA 678Business Strategy3
EMBA 718Strategic Leadership in National Security Firms3
EMBA 729Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience3
EMBA 740Global Issues for National Security Firms3
EMBA 741The Business of National Security3
EMBA 743Growth Strategies for National Security Firms3
EMBA 790National Security Residency3
Total Credits48