Executive MBA Program

The Culverhouse College of Business Executive MBA Program at The University of Alabama realizes that today’s business professionals pursuing an M.B.A. must juggle family and an ever-growing work schedule. The EMBA at UA now offers two convenient formats for managers: An every other weekend, primarily face-to-face format (for three of the four semesters) and a once-a-month blended in class/online format. Click this link to request information, or call 205.348.4501 or email caltemara@culverhouse.ua.edu.

At The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business, we bring together a group of highly successful managers, professionals, and executives across a broad spectrum of industries and job positions for our Executive MBA Program.  Our alumni call their experience in the EMBA Program life-changing, challenging, valuable and transformative. The UA EMBA 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.

UA EMBA offers two convenient formats for working professionals: An every other weekend face-to-face format (except for the second semester) on the main campus in Tuscaloosa and a one-weekend-a-month blended in-class/online format in Huntsville, Alabama.

Minimum requirements: undergraduate degree from an accredited institution • five years of work experience • GMAT, GRE or waiver


Program Deadline to Apply Orientation Class Sessions Begin
Huntsville EMBA (HEMBA) July 6, 2020 August 2020 August 2020
Tuscaloosa EMBA (TEMBA) October 19, 2020 December 2020 January 2021



Our Story

In February 1984, then dean of 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 and challenges our students and results in a life-changing and transformative experience.

EMBA Fast Facts
Founding Year: 1985
Alumni: 965+
Current Students: 35
Average Age: 38
Average Work Experience: 15 years

HEMBA: Classes are held in a blended format with online instruction and face-to-face meetings one weekend a month in Huntsville for 21 months (5 semesters). Classes begin in August.

TEMBA: Classes are generally held in-class every other weekend for 17 months in Tuscaloosa (3 semesters are every other weekend and 1 semester (Summer) is one weekend a month). Classes begin in November.

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 transferred from classroom to company. 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 an open classroom and meet our faculty.

Meet the Team

We’re small but awesome. The executive team is comprised of education experts, bringing years of experience of 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