Typical Weekend

With the exception of launch, the international trip and entrepreneurship immersion week, Eller Executive MBA classes meet Fridays and Saturdays every four weeks.

This description of a weekend combining two modules illustrates a typical weekend in the program:

Friday Morning

Participants arrive at the Eller College campus in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Some have caught early flights and are just arriving from the airport. Others arranged for a room the night before, flying in Thursday night. Some live in the area or drove from a nearby city.

8 a.m to 12 p.m.
Students start the day examining microeconomic principles of supply and demand, production decisions, and long-run expectations in competitive markets with economics professor Price Fishback, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Participants move into the cafeteria for lunch, filling their plates from the buffet and settling down with faculty and other students at several tables around the room.

For the next hour, they enjoy a leisurely lunch and casual conversation about class topics, work experiences, a recent family vacation, sports, or anything else. Students may also use this time to check voicemail and email and take care of quick work tasks.

1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Following lunch, finance lecturer Alex Wilson leads students in a case analysis focused on development of pro forma statements.

After 5:30 p.m.
After class ends, participants return to their rooms, check email and voicemail, and may again tie-up loose ends at work before gathering for dinner at the hotel or a local place of their choosing.

Later in the evening, participants may reconvene in one of the study areas or nearby coffee shop to work on individual assignments or collaborate on a team assignment before turning in for the night.


Saturday Morning

Students eat breakfast at the hotel before arriving at the Phoenix campus for class.

8. a.m to 12 p.m.
Alex Wilson delves deeper into financial and accounting tools, examining financial and strategic risk and exploring techniques for risk analysis, risk management, and quantifying the results of strategic decisions.

12 to 1 p.m.
Once more, students gather in the cafeteria for a catered lunch and casual conversation.

1 to 5:30 p.m.
Professor Price Fishback continues lessons in supply and demand, exploring how managers can leverage elasticities to enhance accuracy of pricing predictions.


Saturday Night and the Next 4 Weeks

Saturday night, participants return home to their families and friends, returning to work on Monday.

Throughout the next four weeks, they remain in contact with classmates, talking by phone or using the program's online collaboration software to work on projects together, ask each other for advice or perspective, and share information, preparing for classes to resume.


For additional information, please contact us.