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Colorado State University, College of Business Executive MBA

The College of Business at CSU is committed to the highest standards of teaching and provides students with a comprehensive business curriculum. Our students are active in clubs and organizations, receive professional career counseling and advising from a dedicated student services staff, and enjoy state-of the art classrooms and facilities. We have global relationships that encourage cooperation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. Our faculty engages in research that changes how the world does business. We give you the tools to build a fulfilling career and achieve your goals.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Tuition (Total) $62,000

Program Information

Colorado State University College of Business Says

The College of Business at CSU is committed to the highest standards of teaching and provides students with a comprehensive business curriculum. Our students are active in clubs and organizations, receive professional career counseling and advising from a dedicated student services staff, and enjoy state-of the art classrooms and facilities. We have global relationships that encourage cooperation, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. Our faculty engages in research that changes how the world does business. We give you the tools to build a fulfilling career and achieve your goals.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA - Denver.

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The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (West)
#6 Best Administered

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 63% accepted out of 57 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 33
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.19
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 600
  • Average Years Work Experience: 8
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Work Experience, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to the graduate school of business, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a four-year college. Diversity is very important to CSU, and the business school aims to admit a large cross-section of students from various career fields and educational backgrounds. Students with at least eight years of professional...To be considered for admission to the graduate school of business, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a four-year college. Diversity is very important to CSU, and the business school aims to admit a large cross-section of students from various career fields and educational backgrounds. Students with at least eight years of professional work experience may apply for a GMAT waiver. Once all application materials have been received, the admissions office will usually send a decision within three weeks.

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Important Dates

Round 1
August

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 1,450
Total Full-Time Faculty 73

Student Life

Drawing students from far and wide, CSU brings together a “great mix of people, from diverse work environments, from all around the world, each bringing their piece of diversity to the mix.” The program is well suited to busy professionals, and distance stu­dents are “mostly mid-career with backgrounds ranging from engineering to veterinary.” Needless to say, “Personal interactions are limited due to the distance format,” though students are still expected to participate in group projects through the university’s tech­nology platforms. It might sound like a bit of a headache, but current students assure us that, “All the online students are courteous and willing to help.”Those who study on campus say that CSU’s business school, located on “a safe and friendly campus” in the pretty town of Fort Collins, Colorado, “offers a great environ­ment in which to learn and grow personally and professionally.” With spectacular recre­ational opportunities in the surrounding Rocky Mountains, affordable cost-of-living, and a laid-back social scene, students ask us, “How can you complain?”

Career

The Office of Career Services at the College of Business offers individual career counsel­ing, resume critiques, and networking events for undergraduate and graduate business students. The emphasis, however, is on undergraduate students looking to start a career, rather than MBA candidates. In recent years, undergraduate and graduate students at CSU have gone on to jobs at Accenture, Oppenheimer, Target, EnCana Oil & Gas, and Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery. For online students, career development is a different story. Most of CSU’s distance stu¬dents “are looking to move their careers forward, are dedicated employees, and want to gain more knowledge to make them better employees and managers.” To that end, most are not seeking new career opportunities—and most, it should be added, do not live in the Colorado area. As a result, graduate student career services are not particularly robust at CSU, and “career center resources are non-existent for distance students.” Fortunately, Colorado State University “has a great reputation around the country and the world,” which is an asset to any career or job search.

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Students Say

Convenience and affordability define the MBA experience at Colorado State University, whether you choose to attend classes at the school’s scenic Fort Collins campus, or from your home computer 1,000 miles away. Operating one of the longest-running distance MBAs in the country, CSU has online education down to a science. What makes the CSU distance MBA unique is that it runs concurrently with the Professional MBA program on the CSU campus. Together, distance and campus-based students complete the MBA simultaneously—viewing lectures, completing group projects, and turning in assign­ments in tandem. “The in-class lectures are recorded and made available to distance stu­dents within 24 hours of each class ending” via the Internet, and “DVDs are mailed to you” within the week. As a result, distance students literally watch “the same lecture that is delivered to the on-campus students” and even “hear questions that the ground stu­dents have.” “Technology is top-notch” and students can easily meet for group work via the school’s web-based platforms. With absolutely no residency requirements or in-per­son orientation programs, CSU’s program is “completely online and affordable,” attract­ing professional students from every corner of the country—and the globe. While many students consider other low-residency MBAs before deciding where to apply, they say Colorado State offers the “best combination of course content, reputation, accreditation, cost, and flexibility for distance learners.”Whether taking place in the lecture hall or on the small screen, CSU classes are a “good balance of practical and theoretical ideas” and “the material is current and in-depth.” Here, you’ll get all the MBA essentials, with a touch of innovation; at CSU, “they contin­ue to push the envelope academically but not at the expense of what is real and proven in the field.” Professors “are knowledgeable, engaging, and bring excellent guest speak­ers to the lectures.” Most faculty members “have real-world business experience, not just theory” to share. Classes are “demanding,” yet both online and on-campus students ben­efit from the excellent personal relationships they build with CSU professors. As one online student explains, “The professors are responsive and really care for the success of the students.” “They know my name, even though I am one of 1,200 students.”Coordinating such a large program is a feat, but the CSU administration is a well-oiled machine. Students praise the remarkable “ability of the administration and staff to assemble an impressive collection of students from around the globe, and then to effec­tively manage such a diverse group.” A current student attests, “I cannot say enough about how much assistance I receive from professors, the distance coordinator, and administrators. I have a very unique job that requires me to be in remote areas with lit­tle or no Internet access, and my professors are more than accommodating in working with me during these times.” Adds another, “Even though I am a distance student, I feel as connected as I would be if I were on campus.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Graduate students have access to the full power of the University's library, the library as a whole has over 10,000 electronic journals and over 400 databases. Distance graduate students have access to all the library's resources including our circulating book collection. We offer access to Prospector, a union catalog of 23 libraries through Colorado and Wyoming, that allows students to check out books from these other libraries. Our inter-library loan service is one of the best in the country with turn around time often around 24 hours.

    Business specific information:

    Business specific databases that are available on-campus and to distance students include: LexisNexis Academic Universe EBSCO Business Source Premier EBSCO Regional Business News CCH Internet Tax Network Dun & Bradstreet Million Dollar Directory Mergent Online Investext Plus RIA Checkpoint Value Line Investment Survey - Plus Edition

    Other useful databases that contain abstracts and full-text of business journal articles: Elsevier ScienceDirect Web of Science

  • International Student Support Groups:

    The College of Business has a very active MBA intranet with student forums designed for students to reach out and support one another prior to and during the program. This informal system is very effective for individuals interested in talking with someone in our program who has a similar background to them so they can get the informal information they need to make a good decision.

    With students here in Colorado from many different countries and students in our Distance MBA Program from over 40+ countries, it is common for them to want to "talk" with someone from their area of the world. Our existing MBAs and alumni stand in line to reach out to and support underserved populations, women, international students and those associated with the military.

  • Minority Support Groups:

    The College of Business has a very active MBA intranet with student forums designed for students to reach out and support one another prior to and during the program. This informal system is very effective for individuals interested in talking with someone in our program who has a similar background to them so they can get the informal information they need to make a good decision.

    Our existing MBAs and alumni stand in line to reach out to and support underserved populations, international students women and those associated with the military.

  • Research Facilities:

    Graduate students have access to the full power of the University's library, the library as a whole has over 10,000 electronic journals and over 400 databases. Distance graduate students have access to all the library's resources including our circulating book collection. We offer access to Prospector, a union catalog of 23 libraries through Colorado and Wyoming, that allows students to check out books from these other libraries. Our inter-library loan service is one of the best in the country with turn around time often around 24 hours.

    Business specific information:

    Business specific databases that are available on-campus and to distance students include: LexisNexis Academic Universe EBSCO Business Source Premier EBSCO Regional Business News CCH Internet Tax Network Dun & Bradstreet Million Dollar Directory Mergent Online Investext Plus RIA Checkpoint Value Line Investment Survey - Plus Edition

    Other useful databases that contain abstracts and full-text of business journal articles: Elsevier ScienceDirect Web of Science

  • Women Support Groups:

    The College of Business has a very active MBA intranet with student forums designed for students to reach out and support one another prior to and during the program. This informal system is very effective for individuals interested in talking with someone in our program who has a similar background to them so they can get the informal information they need to make a good decision.

    Our existing MBAs and alumni stand in line to reach out to and support underserved populations, internatinoal students, women and those associated with the military.

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