University of Colorado – Denver Business School

Program Structure

The CU Executive MBA is a flexible, rigorous program designed to be completed in less than two years while still working full-time. Over the course of two nine-month academic calendars that begin each September, classes meet every other weekend on both Friday and Saturday. Each class day is broken into a morning and afternoon session of three-and-a-half hours each, with a break for lunch.


In addition to eight consecutive class terms, the EMBA also includes professional modules and experiential learning opportunities. After term 2, the class travels to Northern India for their first of two global immersion trips, followed by an Executive Development Workshop. After two more terms, the class travels to China for the second global immersion trip and follows the trip with professional development days, and then two more terms. Prior to term 7, students partake in the Global Context of Business Executive Workshop, then the final eighth term, and another Global Business Experience trip. This combination of classroom work, experiential learning, and two-week breaks between classes while maintaining a full-time job allow students to constantly apply their academics to real-life business issues.

Class Profile

The CU EMBA class profile showcases the professional experience of the EMBA student–the average age at the time of matriculation is 39, and students have an average of 18 years of work experience, 14 of those in management roles. The class hovers at around 30 students, creating an intimate working environment in which students can network and thrive.


Departing from traditional MBA career services, the CU EMBA partners with Right Management, a career optimization group with more than 30 years’ experience. Right Management’s approach focuses on a flexible, individualized career plan for each student. Utilizing professional career coaching, professional assessments, hands-on learning, proven resources, and interactive training, Right Management is able to offer EMBA students a level of career preparation fit for only the most experienced management professionals looking to customize their future.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition for the class entering in summer 2018 is $79,600 for the 21-month program. This fee includes all tuition and fees, all course materials, morning and afternoon refreshments on campus, and travel and lodging during the required 10-day international business trip. Tuition is billed in eight equal installments of $9,950.

There are several options to help finance the EMBA, including employer support, business school grants, federal loans, and private loans. Additionally, the school offers limited numbers of scholarships: merit-based, not-for-profit, and affiliation scholarships.

Admissions Procedures

A completed application for the CU EMBA program includes a minimum of eight years of professional experience (though the school notes preference for ten or more), official transcripts from all institutions attended, two professional letters of reference and a self-recommendation, and a résumé. Students may submit an optional GMAT score, and the school notes that a GMAT is strongly recommended if the rest of the application is academically weaker. Interviews are required for all candidates before final selection, on an invitation-only basis.

Admissions Deadlines

The Executive MBA program employs a rolling application deadline, though candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.