Hosted each July at the University of Colorado Boulder, this 25-month graduate school of banking delivers a relevant and challenging curriculum that deepens students' understanding of community banking.
In the Annual School Session, students take courses that are designed and regularly updated to tackle relevant topics in the community banking industry. Students attend three consecutive annual two-week sessions at CU Boulder, and have numerous opportunities to network with bankers from their states and across the country.
- Are recognized by bank management as rising stars in their organizations
- Engage in an all-encompassing curriculum that broadens industry knowledge
- Learn strategies to become effective leaders in their organizations
- Apply their knowledge and education through coursework and intersession research projects to create tangible, positive and long-term impacts on their organizations
- Engage among timely and relevant issues facing the banking industry today, providing them with tools and information to tackle these challenges and help lead their organizations
- Become life-long community bank leaders upon completion of GSBC
Career Tracks & Course Descriptions
After taking core classes in year one, students can customize their GSBC educational experience by choosing electives from one of four academic tracks: Financial Management & Strategy, Innovation & Engagement, Leadership & Culture, and Lending.Learn More
Intersession research projects and evening presentations focus on current issues affecting community banks and provide students with takeaways that can be immediately implemented to enhance organizational performance. Students complete six intersession projects total—three after year one and three after year two.Learn More
Admission & Fees
Do you have a Bachelor’s degree (or similar experience)? Have you worked at least three years in the banking industry or a closely-related field? These are just some of the qualifications our applicants must meet to be admitted to GSBC.
See what it takes to apply, including applicable tuition and fees for each year of attendance.Learn More
Facilities & Accommodations
Our school partners with the University of Colorado Boulder to offer students access to state-of-the-art classrooms. This partnership also provides GSBC students with access to other campus facilities like the recently revamped residence halls, apartments and dining facilities—all within walking distance of academic classrooms and Boulder’s renowned hiking trails.Learn More
Second Year Direct
Incoming students with significant educational requirements already under their belts—like an MBA, MS Finance or CPA Certification—may be admitted as second year students. See the full list of qualifications and qualifying state association banking schools.Learn More
MBA/MS Finance Credit
Following completion of GSBC course work, students may be able to qualify for MBA or MS Finance credit at partnering universities, including:
- Union College (Kentucky), MBA Credit
- University of Colorado Denver, MBA and MS Finance Credit
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MBA Credit
- University of South Carolina, Professional MBA Credit
Continuing Professional Education
Students can also count their work at GSBC toward Continuing Professional Education. GSBC is registered with the NASBA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses.Learn More
Virtual Considerations for 2022
After a hybrid session in 2021, the GSBC Board of Trustees and the school’s staff are considering how the 71st Annual School Session will look. Please stay tuned for a solid decision regarding a virtual/in-person possibility for 2022 in the coming months.
Several scholarships are available through the GSBC Alumni Association and our co-sponsoring state banking associations.
- Alumni Association Scholarship
- Future Leaders Scholarship
- Intermediate Banking School Scholarship
Our faculty members are nationally recognized bankers, consultants and academics who are leading experts in their fields. They bring real-life examples, case studies and unique models of technical instruction to facilitate a lively and open learning environment.
What People Are Saying
I had 26 years of banking experience under my belt when I attended my first year of GSBC, and had no idea the wealth of knowledge I would receive from the wonderful faculty at banking school. I made so many friends who are still great resources for me now. I know my promotion to president of my bank would likely not have happened without the education I received in Boulder!
I explored many different banking schools and ultimately chose GSBC for its dedication to community banking. GSBC’s knowledgeable faculty provide an amazing educational experience; one which I was able to translate directly to my position, bettering my institution overall. I highly recommend taking advantage of the exceptional experience offered by GSBC.
GSBC allowed me to expand my knowledge of banking, not only in my area of expertise, but in all facets of the profession. The learning and networking opportunities along with the exceptional faculty created an avenue for my professional growth. There is no better choice than GSBC for people who are open to learning and ready to take the next step in their careers. It is for these reasons and many more that GSBC is the school of choice for Northeast Bank.
GSBC was an incredible experience; I have been in banking for 23 years and still learned so much. There are graduate schools of banking closer to my home state, but I chose to travel to GSBC because of its focus on community banking. The sense of a community bank emanated on the campus, and was reflected in every aspect of the program. Networking with instructors and fellow students was one of the best takeaways, as I met many wonderful bankers who came from similar backgrounds as myself, and could relate to many of the issues that my organization faces.
Becoming a well-rounded, top-notch community banker does not occur by accident. Real life experience is required, along with a combination of hands-on learning and education. GSBC provides the second part of that equation with an excellent faculty and comprehensive curriculum covering financial analysis, lending, management, technology and leadership. This training provides a solid foundation to continue our officers’ career development.
GSBC propelled my understanding of the banking industry to a whole new level, and afforded me a greater ability to contribute to my bank and to my community. I will always treasure my GSBC experience and be proud of the hard work I put forth to succeed and grow.
My GSBC experience was truly wonderful. The classes are well-structured and taught by knowledgeable instructors covering many of the issues community bankers are faced with today, and in preparing for future challenges. The students come from organizations all over the country and bring a unique diversity to the in-class discussions. There are numerous networking opportunities to meet and connect with peers, and I am thankful to have met so many other professionals and friends. Last but certainly not least, the entire experience takes place in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, with its incredible views and endless outdoor adventures nearby.
The pace of change in banking is exponential. It is absolutely imperative to our future success and relevance in our own respective markets that we, as leaders in our banks, stay connected and continue to learn from one another. GSBC provides for that venue, and those conversations. To that end, GSBC is helping to ensure the vibrancy of community banking in our country.
Graduation from GSBC is almost a prerequisite when we are evaluating individuals for management positions, whether they are an internal or external candidate. Managing personnel and understanding community banking is so important and complex, no other graduate banking school in the country offers the quality of graduates that directly align with our strategic objectives. We consistently send bank officers to GSBC every year, and the value we have received for our investment is tremendous. Due to the quality of the school and networking opportunities, while many of our officers qualify for the two year program, we encourage them to enroll in the full three year course to maximize their learning experience.
My experience at GSBC was nothing short of outstanding. Beyond the beautiful scenery, unlimited activities and exciting culture that Boulder provides, my three years in the program afforded me a career opportunity of a lifetime. I learned so much, and cannot place a value on the connections, friendships and experiences gained as a result of attending the program. Going forward, I will forever be GSBC’s most vocal cheerleader and advocate!
No matter what your current position, if you think you don’t have to continually reinvest in your banking knowledge, you are mistaken. GSBC offers a great forum to be around other industry leaders and to think about your bank in a way that is difficult while you are immersed in the daily tasks of your job. I highly recommend it.
The third year really brought the entire experience into focus. The information and projects served to increase my knowledge of the banking industry, especially in areas that are not my primary area of responsibility.
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