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executive mba

CHALLENGE YOURSELF. grow as a leader.

Think of the EMBA as your 18-month business and leadership laboratory. In the EMBA program, you’ll gain critical business skills and knowledge and attack the complex, multi-faceted issues leaders face in today’s business environment. You’ll do all this in a community of other experienced professionals, unleashing your potential to create value and change.

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Program Snapshot

Academic term 
10-week quarters, each divided into two 5-week blocks

Class schedule 
One full day per week, on alternating Fridays and Saturdays

Program length
18 months 

Entry points 
Fall quarter (September) 
Spring quarter (March)

A broad core curriculum with the ability to customize through topical short electives

GMAT/GRE not required
At least 10 years of work and management experience required

No. 6 EMBA program in North America (CEO Magazine)
Best Executive MBA Program (ColoradoBiz Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards)

Alumna Profile

Katica Roy, EMBA 2017

Katica Roy, EMBA 2017

Founder, Pipeline

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my EMBA experience. My professors at Daniels helped me crystalize Pipeline. They introduced me to potential investors and customers, and have advocated for Pipeline post-graduation. The Daniels Executive MBA opened doors for me through increased knowledge, an expanded professional network, and an additional ecosystem of support.”

tuition:Fixed tuition (2022–2023): $99,588 (incl. books, meals and travel) Scholarships available.*

* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact or 303.223.7503 for more information.

Upcoming Events

 Thursday, May 26, 4–5 p.m. and Wednesday, June 2, noon–1 p.m.
On Zoom

These program information sessions are led by the Executive MBA leadership team and will include alumni and/or current student speakers. We’ll cover general program logistics, the EMBA experience, how to apply and more, and end with a Q&A.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Coffee Chats
Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 9, 8–9 a.m.
Joy Burns Center, University of Denver campus

Join the EMBA leadership team, along with current or past students, for a coffee chat on the beautiful DU campus to learn about the program. The time will be used to answer the group’s questions and address program logistics, the EMBA experience and how to apply.

To register, email with the date you’d like to attend.

Open House
Friday, June 17, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Joy Burns Center, University of Denver campus

 Experience the Executive MBA through an open house where you’ll get a firsthand feel for the program by sitting in on actual classes, interacting with current students and faculty, and learning about important program information and how to apply. We recommend joining for the full day if possible for the best experience. You may also choose to attend the second half of the day if needed.

  • 7:308 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8 a.m.noon: EMBA morning class (either Go-To-Market Strategy or Mastering 4th Industrial Revolution Technology)
  • Noon1 p.m.: Lunch with current EMBA students, faculty and staff
  • 15 p.m.: EMBA afternoon class (either Management Accounting or Entrepreneurial Mindset)
  • 56 p.m.: EMBA happy hour with current students and alumni

Register for the open house (Register by June 10)

Why earn your executive MBA?

The Executive MBA is specifically tailored to the strengths and needs of professionals with 10–20+ years of experience. It provides an integrated perspective that will challenge your thinking and empower you to take the next step in your career, whether that’s starting your own venture, pivoting to a new industry or moving to a position of greater responsibility.

In the EMBA program you’ll focus on the complex issues that are most critical to senior leaders—corporate strategy, global management, mobilizing large organizations and teams, leading large-scale change, confronting difficult ethical decisions and balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders. You’ll apply world-class theory to real-world challenges.

And all of this is wrapped into a deep examination of who you are as a leader, how you bring your authentic self to the role, and a plan to grow your skills on top of this strong foundation.

Why the Daniels College of Business?

  • Ethics and social impact: The Daniels mission centers on business creating good in the world. In the EMBA program, you’ll focus on ethical decision making, your values as a leader and the impact that your business enterprise makes on the broader world.
  • The curriculum: Our curriculum is newly revised to be current and pointed forward. You’ll examine the issues that are confronting leaders today. The EMBA curriculum is dynamic (changing as necessary to meet the topic of the day) and customizable with a variety of short electives.
  • Experiential learning: You’ll learn by taking on real-world challenges, with in-class projects built on the issues you’re facing in the workplace now. You’ll take part in our Sail Challenge in San Diego, which highlights how quickly a team can move from rank beginners to solidly competent in a new complex task under pressure and stress. And you’ll travel abroad through our Global Challenge—focused on emerging markets and developing economies—which will stretch the limits of your comfort zone.
  • The cohort: Your experience is centered around your cohort, with the majority of your time spent with them. You’ll learn as much from them as you do from your professors. Everyone in the room is a seasoned executive, and the EMBA is structured to take advantage of that collective expertise. After graduation, this group will be the core of your powerful network of 2,000 EMBA alumni.
  • Our faculty: Our faculty are immersed in the industries they teach, and they specialize in teaching executive students. They know how to tailor the learning experience to the needs of established professionals.
  • Our focus on you and your growth: We focus on your skills as much as your knowledge. Beginning before you arrive with a series of personal and leadership assessments, augmented with coaching that begins with you, you’ll emerge from the program a different leader than when you entered.
  • A structure that fits your schedule: Our part-time schedule—one day per week, alternating Fridays and Saturdays—means you can balance your learning with full-time work and family priorities.

“I pursued my MBA because I wanted to continue to learn and grow, not only professionally but as a person, and I felt a formal program would expose me in depth to topics outside of my current professional realm… And I wanted to be surrounded by other professionals at or above my caliber and experience.”

Amanda Rebol, EMBA 2021

“The difference between me and my peers who don’t have an Executive MBA is that I have the tools required to anticipate challenges and strategically solve problems faster and better, giving me a big advantage in the rapidly changing world of business.”

Brooke Cheishvili, EMBA 2020

“This is an incredibly supportive community, and we continue to go to bat for one another because we know what we’re each capable of. My cohort remain some of my strongest advocates, and some of my professors remain my most trusted advisors.”

Ryan Hill, EMBA 2021


How to apply

Qualified candidates for the Executive MBA must have at least 10 years of progressive work and management experience and can come from a wide range of industries and educational backgrounds. 

See the Graduate Admissions page for deadlines and application requirements for all graduate programs. There are some additional guidelines for Executive MBA applicants:

  • Applications received after the last listed deadline are evaluated equally, given space availability.
  • Essay responses: Please disregard the essay word limit, and consider completing the third optional essay for priority consideration.
  • Two professional recommendations are required. Once you start the online application, you’ll be able to enter email addresses for your chosen recommenders. Daniels will contact them with further instructions.

For more information about the application process, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 303.871.3416 or

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