Expect More from an MBA

Our rigorous coursework progresses on an accelerated timeline with efficient once-a-week classes. Designed specifically for mid-to-senior level professionals, this 18-month program will augment your current work experience with groundbreaking lessons in modern business. You can be confident that the Daniels Executive MBA will provide exactly what you need to strengthen your business skills, expand your leadership abilities and bravely broaden your perspective. 

Take the next step toward realizing your goal of earning a degree from a top-ranked business college.

Admissions at a Glance

Online Application
  • Create a login and password
  • Provide biographical information and academic history
  • Compose three essays (two required, one optional but suggested)
  • Attach résumé
  • Provide names and emails of two professional recommenders 
Application Fee$100 non-refundable
Official Transcripts
  • From every institution where you earned three or more credits
  • Non-U.S. Education: Special requirements and extra processing time required
GMAT or GRE ScoresNot required
Admissions DecisionWithin two weeks after interview
Tuition DepositIf accepted into the program, a $500 deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is non-refundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

Before You Apply

Visit the Daniels College of Business to experience firsthand what sets us apart from other Executive MBA programs. Walk our campus, sit in on a class and engage with us. We’re eager to learn more about your background and educational goals. Our students, alumni and faculty are happy to share their Daniels experiences. 

  • Learn more. Daniels admissions managers are here to answer your questions about the academic focus, format and admissions process by email, phone or in person.
  • Schedule a visit. We’d like to meet you. Walk our campus and meet with a member of our EMBA admissions team. Hours are flexible and parking is provided. Contact us at 303.871.4840.
  • Attend an admissions event. Check out the Daniels Events calendar. Monthly Discover Daniels Information Sessions provide an overview of all Daniels programs. Program-specific events like EMBA class visits and off-site receptions are held regularly. 
  • Get to know us online. Check out Daniels Pioneers, our student blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Résumé Review. If you’re wondering if you have the work and management experience required for application to the Executive MBA program, submit your résumé and we will get back to you with our impressions before you begin the application process. If the EMBA is not the best fit for your career stage, we will recommend alternative education options.
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Admissions Criteria

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals (nonrelatives) who can evaluate your academic and/or work performance as well as your potential for success in graduate school. Please provide the email addresses of your recommenders when filling out the online application and let them know they will receive an email from Daniels with instructions on how to submit the completed recommendation form online. If you prefer to contact your recommenders directly, you may download the Letter of Recommendation form and have them send the completed form to daniels@du.edu.

Professional Résumé

Submit a résumé that focuses on your unique strengths and accomplishments.


Not required of EMBA candidates who have the required work and management experience.


Submit one official transcript from each higher educational institution you attended in officially sealed envelopes. Transcripts that arrive in opened envelopes are not considered official. 

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions Office

Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

2101 S. University Blvd., Suite 255

Denver, CO 80208-8921

Note: If your undergraduate education was earned outside of the U.S. please review the “Applicants with Non-U.S. Credentials” tab.

Admissions Interview

The admissions interview is an opportunity for both you and Daniels admissions staff to evaluate whether there is a good match. Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis. Applicants are contacted by a Daniels representative to schedule the admissions interview, which will be conducted in person or by phone. Most international admission interviews are conducted via web cam.

 Applicants with non-U.S. Academic Credentials

Provide an Academic Record

Students who have received academic credit and/or degrees from non-U.S. accredited universities will need to meet and complete the following requirements and guidelines. 

  • Transcripts: If transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit original copies of the transcripts as well as official English translations of those documents. Transcripts must be in officially sealed envelopes, sent directly from the issuing institution. Documents that arrive in opened envelopes and/or marked “issued to student” will not be considered official. For applicants who attended regionally accredited educational institutions in India, provide mark sheets for all semesters with all attempts of examination. 
  • Evidence of Degree Earned: Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., a copy of a diploma or certificate) with an English translation. Proof of degree documents must be in officially sealed university envelopes from the issuing institution. The Office of International Admission will evaluate the equivalency of degrees earned outside the United States.

Language Requirements

Applicants with non-U.S. education may be required to demonstrate a proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Specific language requirements for graduate students:

  • TOEFL:  minimum score of 587 (paper based), 230 (computer based) or 88 (Internet based) is required for admission consideration. When requesting official TOEFL scores, please refer to institutional code 4842 and department code 02.  
  • IELTS: A score of 6.5 or higher is required to be considered for admission.

Possible Exemptions

  • Applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Applicants whose native language is English or those who attended a 100 percent English-medium University for all years of study.

Apply for a Student Visa

If you live outside of the United States and plan to take a break from your career to attend our 24-month program PMBA program in the U.S., you must apply for a student visa.

Applying for a student visa is easier than you think. Education USA Advising Centers are located worldwide to help you with this process. Find an Education USA Advising Center near you.

After you have been admitted to Daniels, you will need to obtain an F-1 Student Visa (or DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) to attend.

1. Obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 from the University of Denver.

  • Submit the Financial Verification Form and send your bank documents. Students requesting an I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa must show that enough money is available to pay for at least the first year of their degree program as well as the estimated living expenses for any dependents. It is assumed that this amount will be available for each additional year of study. Currently the estimated minimum amount is $59,087 (the minimum amount for One-year MBA students is $85,560). Students requesting a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 Visa must show that enough money is available to pay for the duration of their degree program as well as the estimated living expenses for any dependents. If you have questions regarding the requirements for J-1 Visas or visas for dependents, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at isss@du.edu.
  • Fill out the Supplement for International Applicants (SEVIS Supplement) to make sure we have all the identification information to issue your complete and correct I-20.
  • If you are already studying at a different university in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa, fill out the Transfer Eligibility Form to complete your transfer to the University of Denver.
  • Submit a copy of your passport.

Send all documents to:

Graduate Admissions
Daniels College of Business 
University of Denver
2101 S. University Blvd., Ste. 255 
Denver, CO 80208


Email to: daniels@du.edu

2. Pay the SEVIS Fee.

This fee must be paid at least three days before your visa interview in U.S. dollars by credit card online, by check or bank draft drawn on a U.S. bank, or by Western Union Quick Pay. Go to www.fmjfee.com, and follow these instructions:

  • Click on “Proceed to I-901 Form & Payment.”
  • Scroll to the bottom, and select I-20 and OK.
  • Fill out the next page with your personal information.
  • The form requires the “School Code,” DU’s school code is DEN 214F 00135 000.
  • The form requires the SEVIS Identification Number on your I-20. This number is in the upper right-hand corner of the I-20 and begins with an N and has 10 digits.
  • Check that the information is correct on the next page.
  • Choose first-class mail or expedited delivery. The credit card form has a place for the cardholder’s address. You do not need to fill this in; it is not a required field.


All visa applicants are required to be interviewed. You must make an appointment with your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for an in-person interview as early as possible. Be prepared for the interview. The officer is required to consider you as a person who intends to stay permanently in the United States. It is your responsibility to show that you intend to return to your country. You must show that you have strong ties to your country and will return after completing your DU studies. Take as much documentation as you can – family connections, property, jobs, monetary ties, and so on. The officer will only have a few minutes to make a decision regarding your application. He or she may also ask why you want to study in the United States. Which subject? Why did you choose the University of Denver? Be sure to take the following information with you:

  • Passport. In order to enter the United States on a student visa, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months past the expiration date on the I-20.
  • Financial documents. You will need to prove to the visa officer that you have enough money available to pay for at least the first year of your degree program. The visa officer may ask you how you intend to pay for the rest of your education and expenses, too.
  • Admission letter
  • I-20 form
  • Copies of all educational documents you presented to the University of Denver in order to be admitted.

 Military & Veteran Applicants

Daniels values veterans, military service members and their dependents in our community. As a veteran, you may be eligible for education benefits including tuition assistance under the GI Bill. If you're ready to embark on the next phase of your journey, we’re here to help you reach your academic and professional goals.

For assistance and questions, contact: Michelle Hanson, Office of the Registrar, at 303.871.4878 or visit http://du.edu/veterans for more information.

The Steps to Take

  1. Learn more about the GI Bill and other educational reimbursement programs offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
  2. Apply to Daniels. You will follow the same application process as all applicants.
  3. Apply for GI Bill educational benefits.
  4. Request VA certification after you’ve been accepted to Daniels and approved for benefits by the VA.
  5. Apply for additional financial aid, if needed. Veterans are also eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Military Services

In order to use your Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, you must make an application to the VA for Education Benefits. This can be done online on the VONAPP website.

  • If you are a veteran who has never received education benefits previously, please complete a 22-1990 (PDF).
  • If you are a veteran who has previously received education benefits and you need to declare a new degree program at the University of Denver, please complete a 22-1995 (PDF).
  • If you are the dependent of a veteran and you have never received education benefits previously, please complete a 22-5490 (PDF).
  • If you are the dependent of a veteran who has received education benefits previously and you need to declare a new degree program at the University of Denver, please complete a 22-5495 (PDF).

You will also need to complete an "Application for Veteran Education Benefits." This form will be used only at the University of Denver for our records. This form helps our office locate your information within our student records system and the VA certification system.

POST 9-11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Effective August 1, 2014, the tuition and fees are capped at $20,235.02 annually. The yellow ribbon program is available at University of Denver for an unlimited number of yellow ribbon eligible veterans at a cap of $2,500 annually. Chapter 33 students will receive a monthly housing allowance based on the basic allowance for housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. The veteran also receives an annual book and supplies stipend of $1,000 based on enrollment.

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents

For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. For more information, please visit: gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Transfer.htm.

Statement of Understanding

You are responsible for notifying the School Certifying Official at the University of Denver (Michelle Hanson, 303.871.4878 or veterans@du.edu) within 72 hours if any of the following changes are made:

  • Increase or decrease in hours
  • Withdrawal from class
  • Complete withdrawal from the University
  • Change of Address
  • Incompletes received instead of grades

A reduction in your course load may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits and a debt to the VA. You will be responsible for paying back any and all debts to the Veteran's Administration if an overpayment is made.

Application Fee Waiver

As a way of honoring our valued alumni and those who serve our country, past and present, we offer application fee waivers to the following individuals:

  • University of Denver alumni
  • Current and former members of the U.S. military
  • Current and former members of Peace Corps
  • Current and former members of AmeriCorps
  • Current and former members of Teach for America

If you feel as though you qualify for an application fee waiver based on these criteria, please email your request to daniels@du.edu.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Lisa Grassfield
Direct: +1 303.871.3419