An innovative and flexible MBA for executives, located in downtown Denver
The CU Denver EMBA is designed for executives who want to sharpen their skills with no career interruption. The program enables future leaders to tackle strategic challenges and essential issues facing the business world.
Get your degree in the heart of Denver, working with top-notch faculty and senior business executives from around the country. Your classmates will be professionals from diverse backgrounds, functional areas, and career stages, exposing you to critical conversations and experiences. The knowledge, connections, and networking opportunities will provide immediate, real-time impact on your organization and your career.
A program that fits your schedule and ambition
Designed with your career in mind
Program completed in 18 months with no career interruption
Gain global insights in a course abroad
Grow your network
Cohort structure, experienced clasmates, and classes in downtown Denver
The CU Denver Executive MBA is designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals. Business challenges are increasingly complex; in response our curriculum focuses on the analytical skills and high-level strategy that will advance your ability to make market-driven decisions. Learn from a unique blend of faculty and industry experts, and apply new insights to your current organization immediately.
- Innovative curriculum: Core courses are supplemented with topical seminars adapted to reflect current and future business trends
- Leading Faculty: Learn from faculty from universities and industries across Colorado and the country
- Flexible learning: Take advantage of our unique mix of in-person, online, and asynchronous course structure, designed to fit your busy schedule
- Concierge support: Leave the details to us and focus on getting the most from your degree
Join a cohort of executives from diverse backgrounds, functional areas, and career stages. Our staff offers a full range of concierge-style support services. We consult with you during the admissions process and throughout the program. All administrative responsibilities involving registration, enrollment, course materials, and on-site catering are handled by program staff on your behalf.
The Executive MBA consists of 15 core courses and five topical seminars for a total of 45 credit hours. It is designed with working professionals in mind; you will complete your degree in 18 months while you work. Courses balance an essential core (e.g. accounting, finance, leadership, marketing, strategy) with other innovative and topical courses to accelerate the transition to executive leadership.
Topical seminars include
- Executive Conversations
- Global Leadership
- The Philosophy of Work
An international courses allow you to explore topics in global business. Following an intense, two day seminar in Denver, the trip abroad includes company site visits in a variety of industries, meetings with executives, speakers, and local cultural activities.
Our team closely monitors all international health and safety concerns to offer you global business insights in a safe environment.
Hybrid method of instruction
The program's hybrid structure allows business leaders to get their Executive MBA without sidelining their careers. This flexible delivery method allows the student to balance the program with the rest of their life, while still engaging with faculty, classmates, and guest speakers.
On Campus: Classes meet on campus for two weekends each term. Classes are held from 8:30 am-4:30 pm Friday and Saturday, and consist of traditional lectures, discussions, and group activities. They provide ample opportunities to work with peers and faculty.
Online: Virtual conferencing brings the classroom into your home, through Canvas and Zoom. You’ll have access to course assignments, presentations, and discussions with professors and your classmates.
Executive MBA students come from diverse backgrounds and represent a broad spectrum of organizations. Representative areas of responsibility include strategic planning, budget oversight, management, marketing, operations, project management, product development, business development, and entrepreneurship. Your cohort will come from fields such as healthcare, law, architecture, science, research, engineering, consulting, information technology, or military leadership.
The Executive MBA offers executive coaching services through Right Management included in your tuition. We also provide excellent mentorship with faculty, staff, and leading business professionals from various companies and areas of responsibility.
Visit our Careers page for more detailed information on the resources available.
The cost of tuition for the entire 18-month program is $75,000. Tuition includes textbooks, course-related software, instructional materials, refreshments, and a meal on class days. It also includes travel, lodging, and most meals during the international trip.
A $1,500 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and will be applied to first term’s tuition. Tuition is billed in installments for each term.
The CU Denver Executive MBA Program provides a 10% tuition discount for students who work for the CU system or in the nonprofit sector.
Additional merit-based scholarships are available for exceptionally qualified students.
The valuable skills you will gain in the program will immediately benefit your company, colleagues, and yourself as you apply your knowledge to business challenges. As such, many employers invest in their employees' business education and offer full or partial reimbursement. Contact your company’s human resources department to inquire about tuition support.
The University of Colorado Denver is committed to providing veterans and servicemembers with a high-quality education tailored to their distinct needs. We proudly support the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This distinction allows veterans to maximize their service time by having up to 100% of the Executive MBA tuition paid for depending on length of service. The OVSS represents Active Duty, Reservist, National Guard, Veteran and VA Dependent students. Contact the campus VA Office at (303) 315-7300 or by email at VMSS@ucdenver.edu to find out more details about your VA benefits.
Federal Stafford loan
Executive MBA students can help fund their education through student loans. All federal loans require the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens and have not defaulted on a previous student loan. For information please visit: https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
Hispanic-Serving Institution designation
CU Denver is the first research university in Colorado to attain the status of Hispanic-Serving Institution. As a federally designated minority-serving institution, our campus and faculty are eligible to apply for specific federal grants, receive priority points in grant scoring, and be considered a preferred partner for other institutions. More information is available at this link.
A new cohort begins the Executive MBA each August. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
Our goal is to make the application process as streamlined as possible:
- There is no application fee.
- Due to the program’s competitive nature and rolling admissions policy, we strongly recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.
- Merit-based scholarships are awarded upon admission.
You can check your admission status via the account you create for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email shortly after the submission of all materials.
The CU Denver Executive MBA prepares mid- to senior-level managers for executive leadership. As such, we seek candidates who are currently in management positions with a demonstrated record of achievement and potential for further promotion. In addition, the ideal candidate has:
- An average of 10-12 years of full-time professional work experience.
- Prior degrees that are supported by official university transcripts, including GPA for all courses.
- Two letters of professional recommendation.
- A complete admissions form, including a personal statement and current résumé.
- A sponsorship form, to be completed by your organization, stipulating any support that will be provided and agreeing to allow you sufficient time for all classes and coursework.
All candidates must complete an interview as the final stage of the selection process. The interview helps us assess your motivation for pursuing an Executive MBA, your academic and professional experience, and your plans for the future.
In addition to the requirements above:
- If you are a citizen of a country where English is not the official language, you must present an official score from the TOEFL or IELTS tests. This requirement is waived for candidates who have previously earned a degree from a U.S. college or university.
- Candidates who wish to strengthen their applications may submit a GMAT score, but it is not required.
Individuals who do not meet the above criteria, but have a non-traditional background of business success or are already in a senior position in their organization, are encouraged to contact Program Coordinator, Bethany Cape, to discuss the potential for enrollment in the program.
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