Core Executive MBA Courses

As the foundation of your program, you’ll study core courses through fall and winter on your home campus before elevating your learning with electives at any or all of Hult’s global campuses and specialist seminars in cities across the world.


Leading with Personal Impact

Broaden and strengthen your interpersonal skills to improve your personal leadership effectiveness, whatever its current level. You’ll develop greater self-awareness and access powerful tools for increasing your personal impact with colleagues, clients, and contacts. You’ll also be introduced to the Hult DNA, a set of core competencies that is highly valued by the marketplace.

Sample topics

  • Growth Mindset
  • Leadership Effectiveness & Hult DNA
  • Influence & Persuasion
  • Coaching, Trust & Difficult Conversations

Sample project

Peer coaching & PDP

In groups of three, coach each other on one area you have each personally identified as one you want to strengthen over the course of the year. Video yourself coaching your peers; the video will then be randomly assigned to another student for their feedback. Using all the feedback received on the course, write a Personal Development Plan (PDP) that prioritizes the specific competencies for your development.

Finance Masters Business Students | Hult

“I’m a much better leader than I was before, and I’m a better sparring partner for people in senior positions in my company. I’ve started to demand a higher level of excellence, and I’m creating a better bottom line in the process.”

Tom van der Poel, Dutch Director (MENA), ScanmarQED, Class of 2018

Leading Change

Develop an understanding of how to initiate, manage, and successfully implement change in different business contexts. Examine your own leadership style and practice skills that will help you translate ideas into results and overcome organizational inertia and resistance to change.

Sample topics

  • Understanding Complex Systems
  • Change Agent Roles
  • Adapting to Continual Change
  • Initiating Change

Sample project

Effective change

As a team, select an organization that one of you has recently worked in that underwent significant change. Your team must present to the board, which has convened to assess the success of this recent transformational change initiative. Your presentation should analyze and evaluate: What was the business case for change? Was the vision effectively communicated? How was it implemented? What change vehicles and supports were used? Show the change process in relation to the path of the change model and assess its effectiveness. Finally, what recommendations would you make to the board to implement the change more effectively?

Accounting | Hult

“My experiences from the program enabled me to directly apply my learnings back at work and make a real impact.”

Klaus Hofmann, German, General Manager, Safran, Class of 2019

Leading Globally

Examine the individual and group behavior in organizations with a special focus on multi-cultural business contexts. You’ll develop the knowledge, abilities, and skills to build and lead organizations in the future, wherever in the world they might be. You’ll learn to diagnose complex, multidimensional situations and decide upon courses of action.

Sample topics

  • Communicating, Motivating & Negotiating across Cultures
  • Bias & Decision Making
  • Organizing across Borders
  • Innovating Globally

Sample project

Analyzing success

Select an organization that reflects your post-graduation ambitions, i.e. startup, NGO, multinational. Draw on the concepts and tools from the course to produce a concise management report. You will be required to interview members of your selected organization and use publicly available materials to research. Your report should present a thorough analysis of the firm’s value proposition and how it is currently structured and run to deliver on that, before making your own recommendations on how this could be done more effectively.

Accounting | Hult

“I came away from this course with a feeling of immense sense of pride in what we’d achieved. It amazed me how much we had learned over a four-day weekend.”

Dr. Toby Shephard, British, Senior Medical Director, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Class of 2018


Gain an accelerated introduction to the concepts and practices of financial and managerial accounting. You’ll examine the recognition, measurement, and reporting of a firm’s economic transactions within the framework of both US and international accounting principles. From the managerial perspective, you’ll focus on the use of accounting information to measure, analyze, and report economic events for internal decision-making purposes.

Sample topics

  • Introduction to the Accounting Equation & Financial Statements
  • Reporting & Analyzing
  • Cost Behavior, Activity Analysis & Cost Estimation
  • Analysis & Planning

Sample project

Buy, sell, or hold?

As a team, select a publicly traded company. Apply your financial reporting knowledge and financial analysis skills to perform an investment analysis of the company, with a view to presenting to a investment committee to “buy, sell, or hold” the stock. Your source information should include the annual financial statements, research from business periodicals, industry reports, and financial data sources from the Hult Digital Library. Your presentation will need to cover benchmarking, ratio analysis, trend analysis, and basic valuation techniques.

Accounting | Hult

“As a finance undergrad, the accounting and finance classes served as great refreshers while also offering new ways of considering the social, ethical, and environmental issues we face today. These learnings are something that I apply to my role every day.”

Nadine Mukanya, American, Audit Manager, Facebook, Class of 2019

Financial Management

A primary objective of financial management in the US is to create and preserve shareholder value or wealth. That is not the primary objective in many parts of the world. In this course, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities, and behaviors required of any manager. Although the main focus is on for-profit firms, much of what you’ll learn can be applied to NGOs and government sectors as well.

Sample topics

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Time Value of Money & Interest Rates
  • Risk & Rates of Return
  • Investors & Sustainability

Sample project

Interpreting Ratios

The ability to interpret ratios on financial statements is more valuable than being able to calculate them.

Your team will be required to produce an analysis of an existing company using ratios generated from the financial statements of the firm, and its competitors for comparison. You will need to provide an evaluation of the current and future business performance based on recent and planned strategic decisions, investments, and financing decisions. You must also discuss whether the sustainability programs of the company are beneficial, or whether the company’s strategy as a whole is destroying any social benefits.

Accounting | Hult

“As an experienced director of operations, I thought my grasp of finance and marketing was great until I came to Hult. The professors really opened my eyes to the big picture of a global and complex environment.”

Stephane Akame Zeh German Country Director, Baker Hughes Class of 2018

Operations Management

Address the supply of goods and services in a global economy. The fundamental focus is on understanding the best way to match supply and demand at any organization. You’ll explore the strategic issues and the analytic tools for decision making including practical, process-based approaches to solving operations problems. You’ll also explore the role of the manager and how to approach processes, cross functional links, and the use of information systems and technology.

Sample topics

  • Operations Strategy
  • Process Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Operations

Sample project

COVID Crisis Response

The UK government has approached a number of manufacturing companies to see if they can switch their production to ventilators. One of those companies is JCB, which makes earth-moving equipment. For this assignment, your team takes the position of a consulting firm that has been commissioned to provide advice and guidance to JCB on this new venture. You’ll need to research and then apply your learnings from the course to present what the key challenges are for JCB. You’ll then need to propose how these challenges can (or cannot) be overcome. Finally, you should make your recommendation on whether or not the company should accept the government’s offer to switch production.

Project Management

Gain the project management skills and tools necessary for a business executive, manager, consultant, or entrepreneur to successfully initiate, plan, execute, and control projects. Topics include project, program, and portfolio management; project and product lifecycle methodologies; communications and stakeholder management; and project management tools.

Sample topics

  • Project Management Methodologies
  • Planning & Managing
  • Cost Control
  • Stakeholder & Communication Management

Sample project

Persuade with plans

Design and present a project plan for a project of your choosing that is a) your target post graduation company, b) your own entrepreneurial venture, or c) a project of a friend or colleague. Utilize the concepts of project planning and organization, project control, project communications, and project lifecycles to persuade project leaders that yours is the best course of action. Be sure to include a project chart, project-scheduling techniques such as WBS, CPM, Pert, Gantt charts, and resource-constrained scheduling, along with a risk assessment.

Accounting | Hult

“Every course has enriched my personal growth and taught me new lessons I can use in my everyday work. At Hult, you also have the opportunity to practice essential skills like team dynamics and breakthrough methodologies.”

Kiyoshi Jamie Izawa, British/Japanese, Founder & CEO, Guideman Group, Class of 2020


Examine the processes involved in the creation and delivery of customer value and satisfaction through communication, pricing, and distribution as well as the development of products and services. You’ll explore both the theory and practice involved in the marketing process, the key to which is an understanding of business and consumer markets. Topics are discussed in an international context and you’ll address the unique issues and opportunities that marketers face in a global market.

Sample topics

  • Market Segmentation & Customer Analysis
  • Branding
  • Digital Marketing & Social Media
  • Strategic Marketing

Sample project

Penetrating new markets

As a team, select a product to introduce into a new country market. Create a marketing plan proposal to introduce the product to the new market. Your marketing plan should include the essential components covered in class, including substantial market research to validate your proposal for the new market, as well as a detailed plan for the product launch to present to the board. Your presentation should include: market and product selection, marketing objectives, market opportunity analysis, analysis of relevant uncontrollable variables, branding and positioning as well as promotion-related decisions such as timing and scheduling, pricing-related decisions, and distribution channels.

Date and Decisions | Hult

“The Marketing course was an incredible way to increase the depth and span of my capacity to analyze businesses and companies.”

Simone Rosati, Italian, Consultant, Barrett Values Centre, Class of 2019

Data & Decisions

Gain perspective on how research, data collection, and analysis can contribute to the priorities of business decision makers. You’ll learn how to conduct original quantitative research and interpret findings accurately and appropriately. You’ll then practice applying critical quantitative analysis to make better business decisions.

Sample topics

  • Quantitative Research in Business
  • Testing Hypotheses
  • Evaluating Patterns in Data & Relationships between Variables
  • Predicting Outcomes Using Regression

Sample project

From data to insight

Generate original data to develop valuable insights for an external company, delivered via a presentation and a report. Your team must demonstrate: a) definition and analysis of the problem, b) how the data can be obtained accurately, c) design of methodology with specific reference to handling of ethical considerations of data collection, d) data-based findings and insights, and e) recommendations based on insights.

Global Strategy

Increasingly, companies expect experienced employees to be able to think and act strategically without losing their agility. Strengthen your critical-thinking skills and develop the business acumen to be able to assess key challenges and opportunities in a global environment. How do we compete amid significant uncertainty to maximize value while making profits in an ethical and sustainable way?

Sample topics

  • The Changing Nature of Strategy
  • Industry Analysis & Competitive Advantage
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Cross-Border Expansion Strategy

Sample project

Import attack

Your team will be provided with disguised information of an actual real-world situation in which a company is being attacked by low-priced imports. The management team totally disagrees internally on what the best strategic response option is. You’ll deliver a presentation to help the management team select the most appropriate strategic option to counter the threat. Teams will present on the last day of class, and the class will be the mock management team that challenges the presenting teams.

Date and Decisions | Hult

“Hult has given me a deeper understanding of the broader aspects of business and taken away any mysteries or doubts, allowing me to become a true leader and director of business strategy.”

Peter Young, British, Corporate Services Manager, Mounties Group (Sydney), Class of 2016

Business in Global Society 

Conventional, narrow value chains will increasingly be replaced with value webs that involve multiple types of systems, institutions, and stakeholders. These need to be understood and integrated to create value for both business and society. You’ll explore how well organizations navigate and integrate with overlapping systems in these different domains without diminishing the achievement of business goals.

Sample topics

  • The Purpose & Role of Business in Society
  • Socioeconomic Systems
  • Global Trade & Foreign Investment
  • New Strategies & Business Models for Sustainable System Engagement

Sample project

The circular economy

The circular economy has garnered momentum in the sustainability landscape, with the potential to generate over four trillion of new GDP to our economy. In this group simulation, you’ll need to deliver both a programmatic report and a presentation that answers the following questions: What are the opportunities of investment in circular economy business models? What is different and beneficial about the risk-return profile of circular economy business models? What policy changes are needed to support investing in circular economy business models?

Managerial Economics | Hult

“Hult prioritizes collaboration and hands-on experience above everything else. I feel I am acquiring real-world experience and academic growth simultaneously.”

Jeremy Steward, American, International Consulting Specialist, Alex Lynn Behavior Consultation, Class of 2018

Managerial Economics

Focus on the analytical foundations that are essential to be able to address key issues in a rigorous way and to make better decisions accordingly. You’ll identify and analyze a variety of market structures, ranging from perfect competition to oligopoly to monopoly. The ultimate goal is to develop skills for making effective managerial decisions and strategic choices based on the analysis of companies, cost structures, and market conditions.

Sample topics

  • Demand & Supply Analysis
  • Decision Making in Competitive Markets
  • Basics of Game Theory
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics

Sample project

I am optimum price

Your team will be given real-world information about a disguised logistics company that has requested price-optimization consulting services. Based on this information, your team must derive the demand curve for the company’s services, making your assumptions totally clear. You should recommend an optimal price assuming no regional price differentiation and an optimal price assuming regional price differentiation.

Managerial Economics | Hult

“Each course is highly practical and you can immediately apply what you learn to your work. Even before you arrive to class, you have the chance to understand how you can apply the learnings to your particular field. The opportunity to use what you learn is huge.”

Ahmad Gebaly, Egyptian, Project & Design Manager, Whitespace Architects, Class of 2017



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