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University of Colorado, Boulder – Leeds School of Business

Program Structure

The Leeds College of Business Evening MBA is designed to fit the demanding schedule of adult working professionals. Starting in May of each year, the program meets two evenings a week from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. and is completed over six semesters. After the core courses are completed in the first four semesters, classes meet only once a week as students complete their electives. Due to the rigorous but innovative approach, these part-time students can graduate in only two years, much like a traditional full-time MBA program. Evening MBA students have the option of taking classes in one of two campuses: the main CU Boulder location, or the South Denver location.

Curriculum

Evening MBA students take the same core courses as the students in the full-time MBA program, but the courses are laid out differently in order to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. The first four semesters of the Evening MBA program consist of core courses, the majority of which only take a half-semester to complete. In the final two semesters of the program, students will take solely electives.

The Leeds curriculum is designed to allow students the flexibility to craft a personalized plan according to specific professional goals. The school encourages functional areas of focus in four different areas, as well as specialties in three additional areas. This highly customizable program enhances a student’s chances of finding a career in whatever path they choose, given the relevant prior coursework and experience.

Class Profile

The most recent Evening MBA class consists of 63 students who matriculated with an average GPA of 3.23 and seven years of work experience. Thirty-seven percent of the class is female, and five percent are international. The average age is 30, slightly older than the average for full-time programs.

Careers

The MBA Programs office serves as Leeds’s career support advisors. The office offers personalized career advising, one-on-one mentoring with an experienced professional in a student’s interested field, and several events including networking, club, and social gatherings, as well as industry panel discussions. The career advisors begin working with students at orientation and continue their guidance throughout the entire MBA program. The school boasts its Professional Mentoring Program, in which a variety of industry professionals provide hands-on learning, relevant advising, networking aid, and skill development to a full-time MBA student. The program has seen such success that the number of participants has doubled in size since its inception in 2009.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For students matriculating in May of 2018, tuition is set at $49,800, which is billed in six equal installments. While many students receive financial support from their employer, there are also a select number of merit scholarships offered only to Evening MBA students. The school notes that scholarship preference is given to students who are not receiving any company reimbursement.

Admissions Procedures

In order to apply to the Leeds School of Business, applicants must provide an online admissions form, unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended, GMAT or GRE scores (though the school notes the GMAT is preferred), two letters of professional recommendation, three required essays, and a $70 application fee. International students must submit official scores proving English proficiency—either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam.

Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis, and are conducted either in-person, over the phone, or through Skype.

Admissions Deadlines

Round Three – February 1, 2018
Round Four – April 1, 2018

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