Executive MBA Program

The Culverhouse College of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) Program at The University of Alabama realizes that today’s business professionals pursuing an MBA must juggle family and an ever-growing work schedule. The EMBA at UA now offers a convenient blended-instruction format for earning the MBA in two locations:  Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, AL.

Our alumni call their experience in the EMBA Program life-changing, challenging, valuable and transformative.  We bring together a group of highly successful managers, professionals and executives across a broad spectrum of industries and job positions for our EMBA program.  Our goal is to provide the tools and opportunities to drive more success for our students, alumni, and their companies. We emphasize leadership and improving business skills to further professional and personal aspirations.

The UA EMBA offers our blended-instruction format in two locations with orientation in August in the Huntsville location and in December in the Tuscaloosa location.


Program Deadline to Apply Orientation Class Sessions Begin
Huntsville EMBA (HEMBA) NEW Deadline – July 20, 2020 August 2020 September 2020
Tuscaloosa EMBA (TEMBA) October 19, 2020 December 2020 January 2021



Our Story

In February 1984, then Dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, Dr. H.H. ‘Bill’ Mitchell, and MBA Coordinator, Ms. Gina Johnson, received UA Board of Trustees approval to create the Executive MBA Program. With approval to create the program but no funds to begin, Tim and Cathy Parker and Jack Warner became the first benefactors by donating $25,000 each to establish the Executive MBA Program. Dr. Strickland, our first MBA Director, and Ms. Johnson began recruiting the first EMBA class to enroll in fall 1985.

Our story of how we began, a great idea with strong support but no funding, resonates with so many today that are asked to do more with fewer resources. We believed in what we were doing then and so did others. We found the resources and we met the challenge of creating and growing a vibrant and important graduate program. The financial support of our first benefactors continues today in the strong support shown by our students and alumni who give back by promoting what we do and showing how it has changed their lives. That drive and spirit continue today with our faculty and staff in providing a curriculum and program that is valuable, challenging to our students, and results in a life-changing and transformative experience.

EMBA Fast Facts
Founding Year: 1985
Alumni: 1000
Current Students: 35
Average Age: 38
Average Work Experience: 15 years

HEMBA & TEMBA: Classes are held in a blended format with a combination of online instruction and face-to-face class meetings held one weekend per month in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa for 17 months (4 semesters). Orientation begins in August in Huntsville and in December in Tuscaloosa.

Experienced Faculty

Our EMBA faculty are leading experts who pay extraordinary attention to business processes and strategy. What you learn in class can be immediately put in practice. During your time in the program, you will be challenged by faculty to become active participants demonstrating return on investment to your companies through assignments, business cases, and a final international NGO consulting project. Faculty have a wealth of experience in their chosen areas. Among our faculty, you will find a great affinity for EMBA students encouraging professional growth. Drs. Strickland and Robert McLeod have taught in every TEMBA class since our inception. Many of the faculty serve on boards, are distinguished authors, consult with various government and industries as well as chair professional and academic organizations. We encourage you to attend a ‘class preview’ event to meet our faculty and current students.

Meet the Team

We’re small but awesome. The executive team is comprised of education experts, bringing years of experience in building strong programs, recruiting talented professionals, and encouraging excellence in others.

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Cheryl Altemara

Assistant Director

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Linda Cox

Program Assistant

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Samantha Vasey

Manager of New Lead Development and Recruitment