Colorado State University Impact MBA

Why you should consider this program

Become a leader in sustainable business practices and join the Impact MBA, ranked No. 4 nationwide and No. 20 worldwide in the 2021 Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking. Additionally, the Colorado State University College of Business was selected as a winner of the Financial Times “Best Business School” award for responsible business education.

The Impact MBA provides you with the skills and tools to take action, the leadership and influence to drive change and a supportive network of like-minded, innovative professionals.

Program at a Glance

Delivery: Face to face

Location: Fort Collins, CO, plus a summer fellowship capstone

Length: 16 months (three semesters–includes a summer fellowship)

Start Date: August

Schedule: Classes four to five days a week, Monday–Friday

Credits: 44

  • Impact MBA students complete a paid 400-hour summer Sustainability Fellowship with an organization where they will identify, analyze, and address sustainability issues within the organization.
  • The interdisciplinary curriculum includes as many as 15 credit hours outside the College of Business; with specialized courses from the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Students also have the option of concurrently enrolling in a Carbon Management graduate certificate. Graduate certificates in Applied Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Climate Adaptation and Risk Management are also options.
  • Students and graduates from the program are represented in more than 80 countries.
  • Each cohort is comprised of approximately 45 students from widely diverse educational and professional backgrounds.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,000 $ 20,000 $ 25,000
Out of state $ 69,000 $ 32,000 $ 37,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

  • Resident Impact MBA Coverdell Fellowship tuition benefit: $8,500
  • Non-resident Impact MBA Coverdell Fellowship tuition benefit: $20,500
  • Assistantship Health insurance premium ($3,000 for two semesters)
  • Graduate Assistantship Stipend - $8,100 for two semesters
  • Application fee waiver: $60

Health insurance premiums for 2 of the 3 semesters are covered by the Fellowship award. Tuition and fees are based upon the fall 2023-2024 academic year and are subject to increase on an annual basis dependent upon Board of Governor approval.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

2 non-resident awards 2 resident awards

Other benefits or opportunities

All Impact MBA students are required to enroll in a corporate sustainability fellowship. Corporate Sustainability fellows are paid at a minimum of $20 per hour for 400 hours for a total of $8,000.

Additional benefits afforded to each Fellow include:

  • CSU Mountain Campus Orientation: An overnight community-building introduction to the Impact MBA program, Colorado State University, staff and faculty and current students held in nearby beautiful mountains.
  • Professional Development opportunities to attend industry conferences with organizations like GreenBiz, participate in case competitions, and cross campus and community networking events.
  • Net Impact Student Organization: Impact MBA students hold leadership roles .
  • Career Support: The College of Business has its own Career Management Center offering career-focused workshops and events, personal branding on LinkedIn and social media, job offer evaluation, negotiation strategies and networking opportunities for life. We also contract with Trish Kenlon of Sustainable Career Pathways to provide a one-on-one strategy session.
  • Intentional co-curricular learning opportunities and alumni networking.

Application fee waived?



Fellows will work with a career counselor at our Career Management Center and with the Impact MBA Program Manager to secure an internship that aligns with the career goals of the Fellow. The College of Business has many connections within the local community and Fellows. Fellows are also welcome to independently seek out organizations of interest. Internships will be scheduled around the corporate sustainability fellowship. Colorado State University is fortunate to be just one hour from Denver and the Posner Center offering connections to hundreds of social enterprise partnerships including Trees, Water People and the Women’s Bakery in Fort Collins.

Jobs for program alumni

Organizations Employing our Alumni:

Thought Leadership organizations

  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • B Lab Global
  • SASB
  • GreenBiz
  • WWF
  • Textile Exchange

Sustainability Roles within Companies

  • Keurig Dr. Pepper
  • Vail Resorts
  • Pepsi Co
  • Aldi

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Roles

  • Palmer Land Trust
  • Jefferson County
  • Brinkman Real Estate’s One Canopy
  • Stow IT

Sustainability Consultants

  • Ramboll
  • Antea Group
  • Iconergy
  • Pinon
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • ISOS Group

Other details

Program length

16 months

Application requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Online Interview

Admissions process

1. Complete the admissions checklist of required documents

2. Submit the online application fee waiver request

3. Include a description of Peace Corps service in your resume when applying to the Impact MBA program and your official Peace Corps Description of Service.

4. Apply for a graduate assistantship. This application will be used for the purpose of placement within the College of Business.

5. Notification of admission will be 2-6 weeks after application.

6. Notification of Coverdell Fellowship awards will be by email as early as mid-February.

Program begins

Late August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Shelby Sack, Program Manager

Impact MBA, College of Business
638 S. Sherwood #104
Fort Collins, CO 80524