Opening Residency

The opening residency is the official start of the program. The Opening Residency is your introduction to Virginia Tech and the Executive MBA Program. Generally held off-site, the 3-day residency is designed to introduce new business concepts, provide an environment with few distractions to encourage bonding amongst the Cohort, and welcome you into the Virginia Tech family. This Residency will challenge you to examine your ethical perspective, leadership style, team expectations, and your guiding principles.

Domestic Residency

The 3-day Residency is designed to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. In the past, cohorts have visited firms such as Jet Blue, Citigroup, Private Equity firms, and Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Study Abroad

The 10-day study abroad course will enable participants to gain first-hand insight on how business activities and processes are influenced by the prevailing economic, political, regulatory, technological, social and cultural environment of the countries to be visited. Building on the EMBA theme of “developing leaders for a global economy ” the residency experience is intended to provide students with a unique and valuable worldview of business that they can use to guide and structure their own management practices and careers, both now and in the future.

Students typically visit two countries focusing on the selected theme, “Contrasts in Economic Development,” through visits with both local and foreign businesses as well as relevant governmental organizations. They explore each country’s role in the global economy, visiting businesses that represent key industry sectors and core competencies targeted by that country – shared services, manufacturing, engineering, information & communication technology, financial, etc. The Study Abroad program also incorporates cultural experiences and tours to gain an appreciation for the unique and rich heritage of each country.