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Colorado State University College of Business - Impact MBA

Program Structure

The full-time, Impact MBA is designed for passionate professionals who are committed to developing innovative entrepreneurial and business solutions to complex global challenges. This class of MBA students is focused on creating a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable world. Over the course of 16 months, students complete 44 credits in a three-semester format. A 40-60 day summer field placement contributes to the hands-on nature of the program, which sets it apart from traditional MBAs. Students may pursue one of two tracks: Social Entrepreneurship or Corporate Sustainability. The program has one August start date each year, and all classes take place on-campus in Fort Collins from Monday to Friday.


While many of the core business classes are the same as the other MBA programs, the Impact MBA offers more classes focused on sustainability in the global business environment. Students take the same schedule of courses, with no room for elective options.

Class Profile

Students in the Impact MBA originate from over 40 different countries.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The tuition rate for the CSU Impact MBA is $39,738 for Colorado residents, and $62,874 for nonresidents.

This figure includes fees covering transportation, technology, and use of facilities. The school offers a number of scholarships and fellowship opportunities for students, including international scholarships and sustainability scholarships. Students must be accepted to the MBA program before accessing the relevant applications.


Although the official early deadline for fall entrants is February 1, the admissions committee notes that students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis. A completed application includes a data form, official transcripts from all institutions attended, an academic performance explanation if the most recent GPA is below a 3.0, three professional recommendations, GMAT or GRE scores, a statement of purpose, and a current résumé. While prior work experience is not a requirement, at least two years is strongly recommended.

Admissions deadlines for fall entry are as follows:

Early Entry – Dec. 1
Final Deadline – Feb. 1

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