Colorado State University College of Business

Program Structure

The Executive MBA program at Colorado State utilizes a unique learning structure by blending online courses with in-person learning. With about 60 percent of classes held at the downtown Denver every other Saturday, EMBA students can still enjoy a flexible schedule while continuing to work full-time. The 21-month program takes place over five consecutive semesters and includes a 10-day international residency.


The 42-credit program consists of 36 core credits and six elective credits. The four-month semesters are broken into two parts, so students take different eight-week classes during each half-semester. While the core courses enlist a blend of traditional MBA learning with executive-focused courses, the electives allow the working professionals to tailor their curriculum based on what is most relevant to their career path. The online component of the program is designed for students to virtually collaborate with classmates by working on real-world business challenges and simulations.


The career counselors at the dedicated Career Management Center work with each student one-on-one to cultivate goals and advise on internships and career paths, help with resume and interview preparation, and provide ample opportunity for networking and career events.

The dedicated team within the Career Management Center works to offer comprehensive support in all facets of career searching and personal and professional development. Events include the Job and Internship Expo, company mixers, industry panels, and career-focused workshops designed for students to hone in on marketable skills and strategies. The school also partners with employers directly to help identify the best fits for future employment opportunities. While most students in the EMBA program plan to continue their existing job, the CMC provides guidance and resources for those looking to make a career pivot.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated tuition for 2017-2018 is $72,645, and includes fees, books and materials, meals on on-campus days, and international trip expenses. The school offers partner program benefits to reduce tuition by 10 percent: in order to qualify, applicants must be employed by one of the approximately 30 corporate partners.

Admissions Procedures

Unlike many other MBA programs, applicants to the Executive MBA do not need to submit a GMAT score, as the school believes that evaluating old test scores after several years of work experience is an antiquated requirement. A completed application consists of a data form, transcripts from all institutions attended with a minimum GPA of a 3.0, proof of at least eight years of work experience, a résumé and a statement of purpose, and three professional recommendations.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for fall admission is July 1, 2018, however, the school recommends students apply as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.