Local. Relevant. Rigorous.

For over forty years the nation’s eighth oldest business school has offered you the best Denver Executive MBA (EMBA) option. The program is a highly selective academic program designed for mid-to-senior level professionals seeking to strengthen their business skills, expand their leadership abilities and broaden their perspectives. 

Located at the University of Denver in Colorado, the 18-month, 60-credit program is a rigorous, ethics-based business degree tailored to the needs of experienced professionals. Strategically focused and integrated in approach, the EMBA classroom is a dynamic environment of leaders from a wide array of backgrounds and industries. Although the pace of the EMBA experience is accelerated and academically rigorous, it is offered in an efficient once-a-week format which allows for balance between career, school and personal life.

Program at a Glance

FormatA lock-step (cohort) curriculum of 24 courses (60 credit hours)
Class ScheduleAlternating Fridays and Saturdays once a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Duration18 calendar months
Class Size30–40 students
Start DatesSeptember and March of each year
Undergraduate DegreeRequired
Work Experience10 or more years of professional work experience is required, with a least eight years in a management capacity.
GMAT or GREThe GMAT or GRE is not required in most cases.
Experiential Learning 3-1/2 days Team Sail Challenge, 12-day International Travel Seminar
Application DeadlinesApplications are considered in the order they are received. Space available consideration after February 1 (March entry) and May 15 (September entry).


The power of the Daniels network sets Daniels apart and was a big draw for me when selecting a school. Daniels has a community that supports each other. All our core team members at TekDry are a result of my experience at Daniels, and most of our first round of fundraising can be traced back to Daniels.- Eric Jones, Executive MBA 2013 | Co-founder, TekDry, LLC

Program Curriculum

  • Ethical Leadership: Gain an understanding of the ethical implications of business decisions.
  • Technical Expertise: Acquire hands-on technical expertise—from finance to marketing to management—through software simulations, team projects and student consulting.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Develop your communication and team-building skills through collaborative projects on campus and in the field.
  • Critical and Innovative Thinking: Enhance your ability to gather, analyze and synthesize information to solve business dilemmas and create new opportunities.
  • Global/Intercultural Competence: Navigate the ever-changing global business environment and constructively engage with people from groups or cultures different from their own.

Class Schedule

EMBA Sample Calendar

The preset schedule of 24 five-week courses allows you to plan ahead and balance school with work and personal obligations. Classes kick off with a two-and-a-half-day orientation, which marks the start of your life as a Daniels EMBA student. Thereafter, students meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, attending two classes each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour for lunch. Students are provided an 18-month class calendar in advance to plan for business travel or personal time off.

Course Sequence

The following course types complete the EMBA curriculum:

  • Leadership Courses: Develop the leadership and managerial skills demanded by today’s business environment, including a focus on self-leadership, emotional intelligence, team collaboration, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Quantitative Courses: These courses span a comprehensive review of corporate finance to strategic cost management to using financial data to make strategic and sound business decisions.
  • Strategic Courses: Develop your ability to think strategically about all aspects of an organization from human capital management to marketing to identifying and implementing innovations.
  • Business Context/Conclusion: The EMBA begins with a specialized Business Context and Economics class to provide a strong foundation for your following coursework in accounting and finance. At the conclusion of the EMBA, you will deliver and evaluate your New Venture/Business Plan and Social Capital projects.

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New Venture/Business Plan Project

Students may develop a business plan for a new start-up enterprise, create a plan for the launch of a new venture within an existing business or conduct a strategic analysis of your existing business or organization. In doing so, students examine such issues as entrepreneurship, vision, mission, market size, key industry forces that influence the competitive environment of an organization and critical strategic direction and implementation issues.


The EMBA faculty members at Daniels are experts in their fields who are deeply engaged in the business world. They immerse students in current business trends and practices, challenge your assumptions and never settle for less than your best effort. The result is an academically rigorous and highly relevant learning experience that prepares you to take your career to the next level.

The EMBA program is capped at 30–40 students; you’ll get to know your professors and they’ll help you make the most of your time in the program. They become a key part of the dynamic network that will propel you at Daniels and beyond.

Learn more about the Daniels faculty»

Our Current Students

The typical EMBA student is anything but typical. Your classmates will represent all types of organizations, allowing you to compare best practices and gain diverse perspectives. When highly experienced peers progress through the EMBA curriculum as a group, a dynamic environment of learning ensues. You’ll find the EMBA classroom to be full of debate, discussion and collegial challenge.

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Organizations Represented»

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Organizations Represented by Company Size

Small (1-199 employees)

  • Cheetah Technologies
  • Community Shares
  • Genesis Innovations, LLC
  • History Colorado
  • MCN Healthcare
  • Meridius Solutions
  • NearSpace

Medium (200-1,000 employees)

  • Arapahoe-Douglas Mental Health
  • Berry Petroleum Company
  • Colorado PERA
  • Oakwood Homes
  • The Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • Symon Communications
  • Whiting Petroleum Corp

Large (More than 1,000 employees)

  • Accenture
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • AvayaCenturyLink
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Comcast Cable
  • Compassion International

Large (More than 1,000 employees)

  • Cricket Communications, Inc.
  • Crocs
  • Davita
  • DISH Network
  • Encana Oil & Gas, Inc.
  • Emerson Process Management
  • EOG Resources
  • First Data Corporation
  • Halliburton Energy Services
  • Huawei Technologies
  • IHS
  • Jeppesen
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kiewit Construction
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Newmont Mining
  • Oppenheimer Funds
  • Oracle Corporation
  • PolycomPricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Slalom Consulting
  • TW Telecom
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wyndham Hotel Group

Contact Us

Executive and Professional MBA Programs

Lisa Grassfield
Direct: +1 303.871.3419

Assistant Director
Kari Graham
Direct: +1 303.871.2639