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CU Executive MBA Class Profile

Average age: 38 years

Average work experience: 16 years

Masters degree or above: 17%

CU Executive MBA Class Profile (pt.2)

Undergraduate Degree:

36% technical/engineering

33% liberal arts

31% business

National Recognition

The University of Colorado has a national reputation for excellence and is the largest university in the Rocky Mountain region.

National Recognition (pt.2)

The program is offered by CU's three business schools, which are ranked among the nation's top 20 percent. All three schools have earned AACSB accreditation – the most rigorous available.

Alumni Network

Executive MBA graduates belong to a special alumni group that sponsors continuing education and social programs.

Alumni Network (pt.2)

The Executive MBA alumni network provides an invaluable group of advisors and contacts throughout your career.

Executive-Level Service and Convenience

Program staff handle all the details so you can focus on academics. Downtown Denver classroom facilities resemble a technologically advanced boardroom.

Executive-Level Service and Convenience (pt.2)

You can complete the Executive MBA in less than two years. Class schedules minimize work disruption by meeting one full day a week, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays.

International Component

CU's Executive MBA Program recognizes the imperative of global business understanding by integrating global ceconomy issues throughout the second-year curriculum

International Component (pt.2)

Because there is no substitute for first-hand experience, the program also includes a nine-day educational trip to an international business center

Sponsorship Cost Data

Paid by participant's organization: 45%

Shared by participant and the organization: 30%

Paid by participant: 25%

Home > Tuition > Scholarships


A limited number of scholarships are available to University of Colorado Executive MBA students. Four types of scholarships are available to qualifying University of Colorado EMBA students: organization-funded, need-based, not-for-profit, and affiliation. The scholarships are intended to support EMBA students who do not have the financial resources to fully fund the program themselves.

Organization-Funded Scholarships

The Denver Chapter of ACG (The Association for Corporate Growth) offers The David Sloan University of Colorado Executive MBA Scholarship. This award is a one-time scholarship given to an individual in the first year of the University of Colorado Executive MBA program. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and display and interest in mergers and acquisitions. Students are notified of the application period by the University of Colorado Executive MBA Program Director and can then complete the ACG Scholarship Application according to the announced deadline. For additional information, please visit The ACG Scholarship Page.

Need-based Scholarships

For incoming students: MBA offers two program-funded scholarships, called Leadership Awards, to individuals who receive no financial support from their employers and demonstrate economic need. The determination for who has the greatest economic need is obtained from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The award is made shortly after the program begins in order to allow all eligible incoming students to be identified. Disbursement of the award is made each term over the two year CU Executive MBA program.

For second-year (returning) students: The University of Colorado Executive MBA offers the Susan Bunker Memorial Scholarship to a second year student. To qualify, students must have a 3.0 grade point average, demonstrate economic need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and they must submit an essay. Students are notified of the application period by the University of Colorado Executive MBA Director and can then submit the essay according to the announced deadline. Recipients receive the award as a one-time disbursement.

Not-For-Profit Scholarships

The University of Colorado Executive MBA offers two scholarships to individuals who work for not-for-profit (or Colorado government) organizations. To qualify for the scholarship, the student needs to work for a not-for-profit organization as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service while participating in the Executive MBA.

Affiliation Scholarships

The University of Colorado Executive MBA Program offers a limited number of scholarships in cooperation with business and leadership organizations. To qualify for an affiliation scholarship, EMBA students must be an existing member of the following organizations:

Additional information on the scholarships is available by contacting the Executive MBA office at 303-623-1888, or 1-800-228-5778. Individuals interested in need-based scholarships need to fill out the free online financial aid application at

Lynette Stephens
You're learning all of these things; your perspective is changing; your knowledge base is deepening; there's just no way around the fact that you're going to be a more robust asset.

— Lynnette Stephens

COO, Major Medical Supply

Executive MBA Class of 2009

Brian Good
This has given me a much broader understanding of finance, the way that we set water rates, why we issue bonds at certain times based on market conditions and the economy, and given just a much better overall perspective of what it means to be a leader in this field.

— Brian Good

Director of Operations, Denver Water

Executive MBA Class of 2009

Bob Sztukowski
There is no other class on campus that these instructors would rather teach than the EMBA program, and they actually compete to be able to teach this program. They know their topic, and they are able to teach it with such a degree of energy and excitement that really gets you engaged.

— Bob Sztukowski

Executive MBA Student

Cindy Brown
I literally in class would pull up my business' QuickBooks accounting system ... so I was applying it instantaneously.

— Cindy Brown

CEO, Blue Moon Works

Executive MBA Class of 2005

I will, from personal experience, tell you that it's one of the best things that you can do not only personally but career wise. You'll come out of this with more options than you ever imagined.

— A.J. Workman

VP Sales, Blue Moon Works

Executive MBA Class of 2005

Richard Wobbekind
Between the group settings and the interactions in class, it is very common that students will tell you they are learning a tremendous amount from other students in the class … we're structuring the program trying to get that interaction.

— Richard L. Wobbekind

Associate Dean, MBA and Executive Programs

Professor of Finance

The small study group experience provided me an opportunity to explore and appreciate diversity in a collaborative environment.  As the Director of Space Systems Program Operations, I implemented this model in a corporate structure when building the operations team to oversee and improve space sensor production performance. The result was a highly creative, effective team and a reduction in overall cycle time and workmanship defects.

— Laryssa Densmore

Director of Space Systems Program Operations, Raytheon Company

EMBA Class of 2000

On entering the program I knew that I would gain great value from the financial analysis and accounting classes. One big surprise though was the great practical benefits I obtained from other courses. Halfway through this class, I basically recovered the financial investment in the program by applying a few key marketing principles at my company.

— Everod (Eveready) Samuel

President, Samuel Engineering Inc.

Executive MBA Class of 2002

The CU Executive MBA program was a lot more rigorous, fulfilling, and rich in content than a traditional MBA. There was just no comparison. All of my classmates were intent on getting their education, developing professionally, and opening up new opportunities. After completing the program I took advantage of CU’s dual-degree option to complete a second master’s degree in finance. With the Executive MBA as my core, I was largely able to design my own program.

—Derek Figueroa

Chief Financial Officer, Seattle Fish Company, Denver, Colorado

The most valuable aspect of the program was the confidence it gave me in the leadership of my division. It was great to work with and learn from professors who are active in the 'real world' and well respected across the world.

— Tina J. Valdez

International Chief Information Officer, Vice President Hosted Technology, TeleTech