Executive MBA

We are still accepting applications for our next cohort.

Classes start in January 2025.



The EMBA Program is 60% face-to-face and 40% online. 

Classes meet on Saturdays. The GMAT is not required this year. 

Contact Dr. John Cresson at [email protected] to find out how our Executive MBA program can help you achieve your goals.

Three Choices

1) General MBA (with accounting & finance electives)

2) General MBA (with business electives)

3) MBA with a Health Care Management Concentration

Contact Us

Executive MBA Program
College of Business
Southeastern Louisiana University 
Hammond, Louisiana 70402

Telephone: (985) 549-2146
Fax: (985) 549-3977
Email: [email protected]

John Cresson, Ph.D.
Director, Executive MBA Program
Email: [email protected]

Below is a testimonial from a recent graduate.

     “When I first began exploring options for obtaining my MBA, I wanted to find a reputable
university that offered an AACSB accredited MBA program that I could pursue while working.
Additionally, I believed the classroom experience offered opportunities that were simply missing
in online programs. I visited and called several Louisiana universities and was drawn to the
Southeastern Louisiana University EMBA program in large part because of Dr. Cresson’s
passion for the program and confidence in my success with the program. There were several
times I planned on backing out of the application process, but Dr. Cresson reeled me back in by
assuring me that his program was “challenging but do-able”. He believed in his program, so he
believed in my success. His confidence meant something to me.
     As I began the program, I quickly came to appreciate the cream-of- the-crop professors
who willingly gave up their Saturdays to teach us. They enjoyed teaching us, and it showed in
the quality and applicability of the material taught and in the energy they exuded. Our cohort
meshed extremely well from the get-go. I was in a study group that met every “on-line”
Saturday to study or work on projects. This went on for the entire 17-month program!
     As I’ve progressed through this program, I’ve had the opportunity to apply what I’ve
learned. This program has instilled in me a sense of pride and confidence. As a result, I was
honored to be selected to participate on my hospital’s strategic planning committee and on our
parent company’s patient advisory board. On April 1, 2017, my boss felt that my MBA
knowledge could be better utilized in Acute Care and Behavioral Health. So, after 25 years in
peri-op, I now have a new position supervising five acute care units. Prior to this experience, I
would not have had the confidence to accept a challenge of this magnitude. I owe a great deal
of appreciation to this program because not only am I confident and willing to make the change,
I’m excited and eager to make a difference!
     I began my journey with the goal of obtaining my MBA and ended up the grateful
recipient of valuable knowledge, calm confidence, a wealth of experience, and treasured
friendships that will last a lifetime.”
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”

– Albert Einstein

The Executive MBA at Southeastern Louisiana University: An Education that COUNTS


From Classroom to C-Suite

Anthony M. Grieco

Anthony M. Grieco, MD, MBA
National Deputy Chief Medical Officer Aetna, a CVS Health Company

“I honestly loved this program.”

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Lori Ward

Lori Ward, J.D., President and CEO
Marrero Land and Improvement Association, Limited

“It is undoubtedly the best return on investment you will find.”

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Jason Latiolais

Jason Latiolais, President/CEO
Barriere Construction

“I still use a lot of what I learned every day even after being out of the program for almost 5 years now. The completion of the program helped set me apart when promotion opportunities arose in the company.”

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Dear Potential Executive MBA Participant:

cressonThank you for your interest in our Executive MBA program. It is a lock-step, intense, practical program designed to equip present and future executives with the knowledge to compete successfully in a competitive marketplace. Our graduates gain the competitive advantage necessary to advance their careers. You are invited to apply for admission into our program and become a member of our next class.


Highlights of the program are presented below:

AACSB-Accredited Program

Networking Opportunities

Seventeen-Month, Saturday-Only Program

Reasonable Fees

Learn from Experienced Faculty and Cohorts

Impressive Track Record


Small Class Size

Never-Ending Learning Opportunities

Selective Program


AACSB-Accredited Program

Our Executive MBA program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the premier accrediting agency for business degree programs. Business schools accredited by AACSB include the University of Chicago, University of California-Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University, and Duke University.


Seventeen-Month, Saturday-Only Program

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Classes meet only on Saturdays, allowing participants to earn an MBA without interrupting their careers. 

Each course consists of three on-campus Saturday meetings and two on-line sessions. The on-campus meetings are held every other Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.. The seventeen-month program spans four semesters — Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring.

A new class starts every January.

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From Classroom to C-Suite  

Tony Jacketti

Tony Jacketti
Head of North America Commercial Strategy, Dentsply Sirona

““The program laid a solid foundation for me which I have been able to build on personally and professionally. I loved my time in the Executive MBA program and wouldn’t trade it for anything. While the program is challenging and will push you, you will reap the benefits and be happy with the results.””

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Ben Cavin

Ben Cavin, President/CEO
Landmark Bank

““I attribute much of the success in my career to the great foundation I was able to establish thanks in large part to the EMBA program, and the professors who taught us. I now encourage my employees to consider the EMBA program for their continued development.””

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Wellbore Fishing & Rental Tools,

Tony Bellina, CEO
Wellbore Fishing & Rental Tools, LLC

““The program set me up for success and enabled me to understand a P&L, Cash Flow, and speak the financial language with my CFO and board. It set me up for success to truly understand and “manage the business”.””

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Learn from Experienced Faculty and Cohorts

Quality Faculty

Faculty members who teach in the program relate well to executive graduate business students. The professors are selected based on their training, research expertise, teaching ability, consulting and work experiences.  Selection to teach in the program is regarded as a mark of distinction in the College of Business.

The Executive MBA faculty consists of a very diverse group of professors who have been trained at major research institutions, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma, University of Arkansas, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University.

Our professors are teachers, scholars and consultants. The Executive MBA faculty members are recognized for their enthusiasm for teaching. They incorporate the theory and practice of business into their courses. Our faculty members are also active researchers who publish in peer-reviewed journals. Being active in research allows our professors to remain current in and contribute to the practice of business.




Given that the participants in our program are from diverse backgrounds and have significant business experiences, knowledge and ideas are shared amongst classmates. Existing work situations and problems are often addressed in class. Program participants interact in class, small study-groups, workshops and social events. The close relationships developed throughout the program can lead to long-term professional partnerships.


Curriculum Designed for Participants with Relevant Work Experience

The curriculum is designed to give practicing managers and executives the skills needed to assume leadership roles in their organizations. The program consists of eleven graduate courses, which employ lectures, readings, cases, guest business speakers, simulations and computer packages.

Our Executive MBA program allows you to choose the path that leads to your professional success. There are two tracks available: a general MBA, and an MBA with a health care management concentration. The general MBA participants can choose between 1) accounting and finance electives or 2) business electives.
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The three choices that lead to an MBA degree are:

  1. A general MBA (with accounting and finance electives)

  2. A general MBA (with business electives)

  3. An MBA with a Health Care Management Concentration                 

All Executive MBA students register for seven core courses and four non-core courses. The seven core courses are required of all participants.


Common Curriculum Cohorts

All participants in the program enroll in seven fundamental graduate courses: Accounting, Managerial Economics, Financial Management, Statistics, Organizational Behavior, Business Strategy, and Marketing.


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General MBA (with Business Electives)

In addition to the courses presented above, students enroll in the following business courses: 1) Entrepreneurship, 2) Project Management, 3) Business Law and Negotiations, and 4) Advanced Accounting/Finance.

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General MBA (with Accounting and Finance Electives)

In addition to the seven fundamental common curriculum courses presented above, students enroll in the following accounting and finance courses: 1) Special Topics in Accounting, 2) Special Topics in Finance, 3) Financial Policies II, and 4) Business Law and Negotiations.

Seven of the eleven graduate courses in this track are finance (three courses), accounting (two courses), or analysis courses (statistics and economics).

Health Care Management Concentration

In addition to the seven fundamental courses presented above, students receiving a concentration in health care management enroll in the following courses: 1) Health Care Law, 2) Health Care Financial Management, 3) Advanced Health Care Administration, and 4) Special Topics in Health Care Management.


Finance Lab
(houses forty-three laptops with financial software, such as the Financial Trading System)

Quick-Start Seminars

While there are no prerequisite courses to enroll in the fundamental courses, Quick-Start seminars are presented on-line prior to each fundamental course. These seminars ensure that a program participant has the foundation necessary to successfully complete each fundamental course.

Never-Ending Learning Opportunities

The program sponsors workshops and lectures to complement the Executive MBA curriculum. The workshops and lectures present a broad range of business viewpoints to our students and lead to networking opportunities.



The half-day to full-day workshops are independent of the course work and are optional for the participants enrolled in the program. The presentation topics are initiated by the students. To expose our students to many schools of thought, the workshops are conducted by regional and national authorities. Former students are also invited to participate in the workshops.

Lunch Lecture Series


Luncheon Lecture Series

Local and regional business leaders speak to the Executive MBA students during lunch. A typical presentation consists of a lecture and question/answer session.

John Schroder, State Treasurer


Networking Opportunities

Participation in our program leads to networking opportunities with other local professionals. In addition to developing relationships with their own classmates, participants have the opportunity to interact with individuals from other Executive MBA classes. With a new group starting every spring, there is the opportunity to network with students from other classes during lunches, breaks, and workshops. There is also the opportunity to network with former students at workshops and social events.


Reasonable Fees

The College of Business is very efficient with its assets; therefore, we can offer a quality Executive MBA program at a reasonable price. With Southeastern being one of the largest universities in the state, and the College of Business being the largest college on campus, our Executive MBA students share the fixed costs of an education with many other students. Also, given that undergraduate and master’s level business programs are our focus, the College of Business does not have to support a small, expensive doctoral business program. We have a very good business model.

The total cost of the program is $20,676. This fee is all inclusive. It covers tuition, books, cases, workshops, luncheon lectures, lunches, snacks, graduation fees and parking fees.

Although the fees are relatively low, quality is not sacrificed. We charge the least that we can to sustain a quality program. Being a state-supported university, we have a social responsibility to offer Louisiana residents a quality executive business education at a reasonable price. We subscribe to the notion that everyone benefits from an educated society.


Impressive Track Record

We have provided a quality executive education for a decade to more than one hundred and sixty diverse participants. The following professions have been represented in our program: Attorneys, Accountants, Physicians, Engineers, snackroomEntrepreneurs, Nurses, Bankers, Pharmacists, Computer Scientists, Managers, Marketers, Therapists, Consultants, and Investment Advisors.



EMBA Snack Room 

Small Class Size

The class size is limited to encourage teamwork and meaningful participation of everyone. The average class size of our first ten classes has been eleven students.

Class 09 & 10

Selective Program

Since part of the learning process is from cohorts, only qualified individuals are accepted into the program.


Great Location

Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Hammond, where I-12 and I-55 intersect. The main campus is conveniently located within one hour of New Orleans, forty-five minutes of Baton Rouge, and twenty-five minutes of St. Tammany Parish.

Thanks for visiting. As presented above, we offer a quality Executive MBA program that is manageable and affordable. It is an education that counts.

If you have an interest in increasing your human capital, and feel that our Executive MBA program can help you accomplish your goals, please contact my office at 985-549-2146 or [email protected].

John Cresson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
Director, Executive Master of Business Administration Program


 An Executive MBA student’s presentation in a finance course.


Contact Information

Dr. John Cresson
Director, Executive MBA 
[email protected]
985 549-2146



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