This powerful advanced business strategy and leadership development program is designed for key leaders who want to enhance and sharpen their skills to manage strategically, leverage technology, gain market share, and effectively engage and lead people.
The Minnesota Executive Program is an efficient, successful method for gaining a clear understanding of the economic environment and competencies working with strategic models.
In four weeks—one week a month from September through December—you will participate in a highly energetic, interactive environment that includes discussion sessions, small group work, reflection, reading, case studies, and live cases—all designed to improve your executive capabilities. And, best of all, the program will generate immediate payback for you and your organization.
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The program pays for itself. Of course, you must put time, attention, energy, and focus into the program, but you and your company will see an immediate payback. You'll find that you're viewing problems and opportunities from a clearer perspective. You'll discover that you can implicitly see what steps need to be taken to create a solution or take advantage of a situation. And you'll have the skills—and the additional confidence—to make the right strategic decisions.
MEP gives you the opportunity to:
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Candidates for this program are senior executives who have strategic responsibilities within their organizations and have about 15 years of business experience. Participants hold titles such as CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CLO, President, Vice President, General Manager, Director, Division Head, or Business Owner.
To enhance the overall learning experience, we seek to admit people to the program with comparable management responsibilities and diverse skills and experiences. The Admission Committee takes into account a candidate's organizational level; management experience, especially in senior management; and future responsibilities. We seek to admit senior-level candidates who reflect a broad range of industries, functions, and backgrounds to enrich the networking and learning experience.
Class size is limited to maximize classroom and team participation, so early application is encouraged. Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed upon submission until the program fills.
Examples of past participant titles:
Time Commitment: MEP is comprised of four program modules and an optional finance module. Each program module takes place one week a month over four months. The optional Finance Module is 2-days.
Tuition for MEP Program Modules 1–4
: $18,500; includes tuition, notebooks, and materials
Tuition for Finance Module (optional): $2,200; includes tuition, instructional materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks each day.
MEP Conference Center Accommodations (not indluded in tuition): MEP is an intensive, highly-interactive residential program with evening sessions and team assignments that sometimes take place after the sessions. Even if you live in the Twin Cities, we strongly encourage you to reside at the local conference centers in order to take full advantage of the opportunities for socializing and to complete your team assignments.
Conference Center/Meals/Lodging: From $3,000 to $5,000 for all 4 modules (not included in the program tuition). A negotiated MEP group rate is payable directly to the conference centers. Please note that if you are unable to reside at the conference centers, you will still be responsible for the Day Meeting Package (facility, meals, snacks and other incidentals). The optional Finance Module is non-residential, but if you need lodging, see our Travel Information page for local accommodations.
Dates and Locations
Finance Module (optional): Prior to the program start, you have the option of taking the Finance Module which is a finance fundamentals course recommended for anyone without a substantial financial background.
Lake Nebagamon, WI
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Oak Ridge Conference Center
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The Minnesota Executive Program provides world-class faculty that will meet your exacting criteria. As you cover the comprehensive breadth and quality of topics, the MEP faculty will inspire you.
Drawing from the academic side, you will work with notable professors from the Carlson School of Management who are published researchers as well as visionaries. Carlson faculty are business innovators of new fields and improved tools that benefit corporate performance. Carlson faculty are creators of interdisciplinary ideas and applied thinking that influence global business economics.
Drawing from the business side, you will work with senior-level practitioners, accomplished thought leaders, and "been-there, done-that" chief operating officers who are internationally recognized. Their candor, as well as their concern for your success, sets the bar high in terms of transformational learning.
|Mary Benner, Associate Professor in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Norman L. Chervany, Professor of Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Leo Hopf, Carlson Executive Education Fellow|
|Ron James, Carlson Executive Education Fellow|
|Edward J. Joyce, Professor of Accounting, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
|Richard Leider, Carlson Executive Education Fellow|
|Om Narasimhan, Associate Professor in Marketing, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.|
|Peter M. Ramstad, Carlson Executive Education Instructor|
|Eric Svaan, Carlson Executive Education Instructor|
|Roger Upson, Carlson Executive Education Instructor|
|Aks Zaheer, the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Strategic Management, and Director of the Strategic Management Research Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota|
Faculty listing is subject to change.
"If you want to acquire a profoundly deep understanding of the 'language' of business—what it means and how to use it—and you still want the time to live your life, have a family, and do your job, then MEP is the perfect choice."
Cunningham Group Architecture, P.A.
"MEP provided the time away from everyday work to review each of our strategic business concepts from an academic, peer, and personal view. MEP provided the tools necessary to analyze our business and provide a template for future growth possibilities."
President & CEO
Dan’s Prize Inc. (Hormel)
"I did extensive research on the top general management programs in the country, as well as the London Business School, and decided that making the trip from Boston to Minnesota for MEP was the best choice. From the quality of instruction to the quality of the other participants, this program was first-rate."
– Andrew Wheeler
Windmoeller and Hoelscher
"Attending MEP was a wonderful opportunity to step outside my industry and be exposed to a group of highly accomplished people who could offer me fresh ideas and diverse perspectives."
– Jeannie Fichtel
Executive Vice President
"MEP helped prepare me to advance in my career from a vice president position to the position of president, and I highly recommend the program to any business professional who wants to ensure their career is on the path to success."
– Bill Smith
President & CEO
Senior Business Development Manager