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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%

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To be considered for admission to the CU Executive MBA Program, applicants must meet the following prerequisites:

Baccalaureate Degree.

The degree need not be in business, but must be from an accredited institution recognized by the University of Colorado. Candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; if a candidate does not have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, the GMAT may be required (please see GMAT section below). Candidates who already hold a masters or doctoral-level degree do not need to sit for the GMAT.


An understanding of algebra-level mathematics is required. Individuals with limited understanding of mathematics are encouraged to take a college-prep math course prior to starting the program.*

Computer Requirements.

Computers are used extensively as a learning tool in the program. Participants should be able to do word processing and spreadsheets on the PC. Instruction on the use of class-related software is provided during the program.

Participants are required to have their own personal computers for use in the program. As a participant in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, you will need to own and be able to run on your computer a current version of Microsoft Office (Office XP or newer).  
All students enrolled in the Executive MBA need to have access to a computer with a Windows®-based operating system. Mac®-based software is not available to students through the Executive MBA program.  
As an EMBA participant, you will be required to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations using MS Office software. To ensure your success in the EMBA, you need to enter the program with an intermediate level of understanding in the use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  
In order to facilitate sharing of work among students and faculty, the EMBA program requires that you have a current release of Microsoft Office (Office XP or newer) including: 

The above hardware and software are not provided by the program and are not included in the program tuition.  
Internet Access
For the Executive MBA program you will need an Internet Service Provider (ISP) for an e-mail account and access to the WorldWideWeb.  The CU Executive MBA Center has wireless lnternet access available.  


The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for all applicants. However, the GMAT is usually required for candidates with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) below 3.0. The GMAT is strongly recommended for individuals with less than 10 years in a decision-making position. The submission of a GMAT score is required for candidates who hold only an undergraduate degree from a non-US university in which the classes are not taught in English. Please contact the program director if you have questions about the requirement to submit a GMAT score as part of your application to the Executive MBA.

The GMAT is not required for applicants whose undergraduate GPA was 3.0 or higher and who meet the professional work experience requirements of the Executive MBA. The GMAT is not required for applicants who already hold a masters degree or higher and who meet the professional work experience requirements of the Executive MBA.

Applicants should have their GMAT scores sent directly to the Executive MBA program by using code 11S-Z2-29 on the GMAT application form. A GMAT score in the upper 500s to lower 600s is typical for Executive MBA participants. EMBA applicants need to receive a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT. Download GMAT preparation information.

*Contact program staff for suggested ways to meet this requirement before starting the program.

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