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 face-to-face format and a once-a-month blended in class/online format. Click this link to request information, or call 205.348.4501 or email caltemara@cba.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 on the main campus in Tuscaloosa and a once-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 Program Begins
Huntsville EMBA (HEMBA) July 5, 2019 August 7-8, 2019 August 9-10, 2019
Tuscaloosa EMBA (TEMBA) October 21, 2019 November 13-15, 2019 December 13-14, 2019



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.

Experience the Executive MBA Program at The University of Alabama: UA EMBA – Are You Ready to Begin?.  UA Executive MBA from the Start until Forever – you’re part of the family at The University of Alabama – ROLL TIDE ROLL

Founded in 1985, over 928 alumni, 40 current students, average age 39, average work experience 16 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 all held in-class every other weekend for 17 months in Tuscaloosa (4 semesters). 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.

  • Donna Blackburn — Director

    Donna Blackburn is responsible for directing student operations, marketing and building the recruiting and marketing function for the EMBA Program since 2006, when she joined the EMBA executive team. Some of her key initiatives include helping to establish the second EMBA Program in Huntsville, opening the international trip to Asia and Africa, guiding the social media platforms and other alumni activities while fostering the program. She also speaks on marketing trends, program strategy and values development for leaders. She has traveled to over 36 countries and has been conducting global trips for EMBA students since 1993. Throughout her career, Donna has focused her efforts on building infrastructure around operations and program expansions. Donna holds a B.A. degree in Journalism and an M.S. in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University.

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    Cheryl Altemara — Assistant Director

    Cheryl Altemara is responsible for directing recruiting and admissions for EMBA. Cheryl joined the Executive MBA Program in 2008 and has established recruitment program initiatives throughout Alabama and neighboring states, including Lunch and Learns, Sample Class Sessions for Prospects and Veterans Outreach. Prior to this role, she served in the positions of Manager of Alumni Chapter Development, Director of the Capstone Engineering Society, and Director of Library Development at The University of Alabama. Prior to her employment at UA in 1997, Ms. Altemara worked in donor development with the American Red Cross, Blood Services in Birmingham. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Public Relations and a M.A. in Management from The University of Alabama.

  • Linda Cox — Program Assistant

    Linda Cox is responsible for coordinating and implementing services for students. Since joining the EMBA program in 2009, Linda has led initiatives in improving coordination efforts and services for students, including registration, Blackboard, financial aid/scholarship and tuition payments, communications, orientation and other events.  Linda is also responsible for the daily budgets and office management. Prior to joining the EMBA Program, Linda held positions in the College of Arts & Sciences, Biology Department and in the Capstone College of Nursing.  Linda holds a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from The University of Alabama.