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University of Denver – Daniels College of Business - Executive MBA

Daniels Executive MBA Program Structure

The 18-month Executive MBA program meets on alternating Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The average class size hovers between 30 and 35 students, and EMBA students note that the collaboration and networking within the close-knit group offer a unique learning opportunity for students to learn from other seasoned professionals. The program follows a lock-step pattern in which 24 five-week courses are taken in sequential order, building on one another and intermixing experiential learning opportunities.


The EMBA courses are broken down into four categories: Leadership, Quantitative, Strategy, and Business Context/Conclusion. The Quantitative courses are more heavily weighted towards the beginning of the program, while the Leadership and Strategy courses are primarily taken in the last three quarters. With a Team Sail Weekend and an 11-day Global Travel Experience, the EMBA also emphasizes the importance of both cohort camaraderie and learning by doing.

Class Profile

The average incoming Executive MBA student is 39-years old, and has 15 years of work experience including at least nine years of managerial experience. Thirty percent of the class is female, and 10 percent of the class identify as entrepreneurs.


Daniels Career Services provides advising and resources to all graduate students, including EMBA entrants who are typically already employed. The specific support depends on the type of degree and the employment situation at hand, and the Career Services team tailors its resources accordingly, beginning immediately upon matriculation.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Daniels Executive MBA is set at $97,200, payable over six installments, and includes costs for all course materials, meals on the days classes meet, and travel expenses for the required trips.


A completed application to the Executive MBA program requires official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, a GMAT or GRE score, two mandatory essays and one optional essay, proof of at least ten years of work experience, a professional résumé, TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable, and a $100 application fee. The school offers an exception to the application fee for any DU graduates, and any current or former member of the U.S. military, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America. Executive MBA students may be exempted from the GMAT/GRE requirement if they have the required work and management experience.

Interviews are a required part of the admissions process.

Unlike the other MBA programs within Daniels, the Executive MBA employs a rolling admissions policy. Interviews are required, and a decision will be sent approximately one week after the interview.

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