An MBA Program With Character

Reach Your Full Potential

The Full-time MBA from the Daniels College of Business is a transformational experience that leads to a wide range of professional opportunities. The rigorous 21-month, 80-credit business degree program examines business from a local, global, entrepreneurial and sustainable perspective.

The quantitative and analytical skills you’ll gain at Daniels count as much as ever, but the ability to adapt and lead in the ever-changing marketplace will set you apart. See for yourself why Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranked the Daniels Full-time MBA No. 2 in the world for small MBA programs and No. 15 overall for integrating social and environmental issues.

Program At A Glance

Program CurriculumA 21-month, 80-credit business degree program with three components: MBA Core (44 credits), The Daniels Compass (12 credits) and Electives (24 credits). Globalization, ethics, innovation and entrepreneurship are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Program CohortCohort program—experience the MBA core classes with the same set of peers to maximize cross-learning, collaboration and networking.
Program Start DatesSeptember
Work Experience3+ years of work experience
Tuition$1,199 per credit hour plus program fees.
Financial AidGovernment student loans, private loans and GI benefits available. Some merit and need-based scholarships awarded by Daniels College of Business.
Application DeadlinesFour rounds of admission deadlines for fall entry and three rounds for spring entry


My experience at Daniels helped shape my career today. From the lessons in ethics that are woven into every course to the campus activities that enriched my experience, Daniels helped me hone my leadership style and set me on the path to success.- Michael Niyompong, MBA 2007 | Chief Operating Officer, Clayton Early Learning

Required Curriculum

  • Ethical Leadership: Daniels graduates excel at understanding the ethical implications of business decisions. In the Daniels Compass courses, you will practice leading cross-functional teams and devising solutions to complex business situations.
  • Technical Expertise: Students gain the technical knowledge—across a wide range of business disciplines—that is expected of today’s business managers. From finance to marketing to management, the Full-time MBA exposes you to key business concepts and gives you hands-on experience through software simulations, team projects and student consulting.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: To be effective in the workplace, you must pair technical skills with interpersonal skills. As a Daniels student, you will develop your communication and team-building skills through collaborative projects on campus and in the field.
  • Critical and Innovative Thinking: Daniels students are never satisfied with “we’ve always done it that way.” Our coursework develops the ability to gather, analyze and synthesize information to solve business dilemmas and create new opportunities.
  • Global/Intercultural Competence: With an internationally diverse student body and team projects focused on global stewardship, Daniels students learn to navigate the ever-changing global business environment and constructively engage with people from groups or cultures different from their own.

Course Sequence

The types of courses included in the sequence:

  • Quantitative Courses: Learn the key functional areas of business including accounting, marketing, and decision making using business statistics and financial analysis. Students will fully understand all aspects of an organization and its management.
  • Daniels Compass Courses: The Daniels Compass is the ethical framework that cuts across our curriculum to enrich everything we do. The Full-time MBA includes four Compass courses that focus on business’ role in society and strategies for achieving the triple-bottom line of people, planet and profit.
  • Strategy Courses: Learn how to think strategically about organizational operations and how to identify and implement strategic business opportunities.
  • Capstone Sequence: Acquire the foundational knowledge needed for Enterprise Solutions, a capstone project in which student teams work on a project with a domestic or international company to solve real-world business issues.
  • Electives: Choose from a set of concentrations or customize your own. Students can take courses from any academic unit at the University of Denver to build a truly customized degree program.

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Course Descriptions

Daniels Compass Courses | 12 Credit Hours

BUS 4610 The Essence of Enterprise | 4 Credit Hours

Today's business environment is increasing characterized by complex questions without clear black and white answers that span well beyond the historically narrow focus on the enterprise. Managers of tomorrow must be equipped with analytical and conceptual skills that allow them to see connections between social and environmental challenges and opportunities from local to global levels and how they interact and influence enterprise-level value creation and innovation in a responsible manner. This course provides a perspective —i.e., a worldview—that appropriately places the enterprise in the context of an interconnected world where success—organizationally and personally—is determined by how well one applies the necessary functional skills and organizational understanding to opportunities and challenges framed by globalization—both shared and disparate values—and the need for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. This course draws on the history of business practice and leadership to provide a foundation for personal self-discovery and professional direction.

BUS 4610 The Essence of Enterprise | 4 Credit Hours»

BUS 4620 Ethics for the 21st-Century Professional | 4 Credit-Hours

A fundamental purpose of this course is to engage students in ongoing reflection and dialogue about their responsibilities as managers and leaders. Of particular emphasis are the ethical, professional, social and legal responsibilities of managers and leaders, especially as it relates to numerous stakeholders and communities. This course focuses on the idea of "community" and the ethical and social relationships of business leaders and business organizations in their communities. A particular focus will be the role of the business manager and executive as a professional with unique and special responsibilities. These roles will be examined by analyzing a variety of issues that students will face during their careers. The goal is to provide students with a generalized understanding and skills that can be employed in dealing with other issues that may emerge in their business careers. Prerequisite: BUS 4610.

BUS 4620 Ethics for the 21st-Century Professional | 4 Credit-Hours»

BUS 4630 Creating Sustainable Enterprises | 4 Credit Hours

A sustainable enterprise is defined as any human endeavor with integrity in three interconnected dimensions: environmental, cultural, and economic, and whose collective actions meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The fundamental purpose of this course is to help prepare students for careers in which success requires a worldview that extends beyond the enterprise level for managers to create sustainable cultural, social and financial value for the organization and society in a responsible manner.

BUS 4630 Creating Sustainable Enterprises | 4 Credit Hours»

MBA Core Courses

STAT 4610 Business Statistics | 4 Credit Hours | Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters

This course introduces students to the basic analytical tools in statistics and operations management, and provides the theoretical concepts and skills that are building blocks for future courses. The approach is to present students with a “corporate” view of how statistical tools are used to analyze data and facilitate business decision-making. Students will familiarize themselves with all of the statistical techniques and models presented in the course and will demonstrate knowledge in applying the appropriate techniques and models to various data sets and interpreting the results of the analysis.

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Learn and understand the basic tenets of probability distributions, and be familiar with the distributions most often used in business modeling. 
  2. Conduct and interpret various statistical hypothesis testing techniques on single and multiple populations of interest. 
  3. Conduct and interpret various regression analyses on single and multiple independent variables.
  4. Use the results of statistical analysis to support business decisions. 
  5. Construct statistical models and apply them in the functional areas of business such as finance, accounting, marketing, and operations. 
  6. Use proficiently statistical software such as Minitab or JMP as an aid to business decision-making. 

STAT 4610 Business Statistics | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4660 Strategic Cost Management | 4 Credit Hours

Strategic cost management methods and practices focus on how to help the firm succeed in contemporary business. Topics in the course include balanced scorecard, cost-volume-profit analysis, target costing, standard costing, and management control. The course will enable students to apply strategic thinking to management planning, decision-making, and management reporting. PREREQ: Minimum grade of C- in ACTG 4610 AND Minimum grade of C- in FIN 4630 or FIN 3900. This course or its equivalent is a prerequisite of the MACC program and a requirement of the MBA. (Spring, Summer).

ACTG 4660 Strategic Cost Management | 4 Credit Hours»

FIN 4630 Managerial Finance | 4 Credit Hours

This course discusses basic principles of finance and provides practical tools for financial decisions and valuation. The purpose of this course is to give students a thorough introduction to the basics of finance. You will learn how to value distant and uncertain cash flows. You will learn how to apply the tools to make investment decisions for a firm. You will also survey the fundamental drivers of financing policy in a corporation and learn how financial markets interact with businesses. This course is divided into four sections. The first covers the use of financial statements to glean information about the firm, its performance and financial needs. Section II deals with the basic building blocks of financial valuation: time value of money analysis, bond and stock valuation. During the remainder of the course, we turn our attention to applying the tools of valuation to the main types of corporate financial decisions. Section III analyzes firms’ capital budgeting decisions and Section IV considers a company’s investment in working capital. Offered FA, WI, SP and Sum. Prerequisite: ACTG 4610

FIN 4630 Managerial Finance | 4 Credit Hours»

ITEC 4610 IT Strategy | 4 Credit Hours

Businesses run on information, organized data about customers, markets, competition and environments. Information systems (interconnected computers, data, people and processes) are critical to capture, organize and disseminate that information in ways that provide stakeholder value. This course is designed to help managers, technical and non-technical alike, to explore how to derive greater value and satisfaction, both personally and professionally, from information systems.

ITEC 4610 IT Strategy | 4 Credit Hours»

MBA 4610 Law and Public Policy | 4 Credit Hours

This course is designed as a survey to cover a broad scope of basic concepts, along with their application to three major policy areas in the final weeks of the course. The course begins with an exploration of the role of business in the public policy environment. The course then examines the legal environment of business, including key elements of private law (contracts, agency, torts and business-organization law) and public law (employment law, administrative law, antitrust law, environmental law and intellectual-property law). In so doing, the course finally applies basic concepts from law and public policy, along with some concepts from economics, to examine three crucial policy areas related to business: regulatory policy, competition policy and natural resource policy.

MBA 4610 Law and Public Policy | 4 Credit Hours»

MBA 4690 Enterprise Solutions | 4 Credit Hours

A practical application of key business and managerial knowledge, skills, and competencies designed to integrate all graduate program elements and provide students with a distinctive advantage in career development.

MBA 4690 Enterprise Solutions | 4 Credit Hours»

MGMT 4620 Organizational Dynamics | 4 Credit Hours

In this course, you will: (1) understand and develop a set of management and leadership skills critical for effectiveness in high performance work environments; (2) develop the ability to analyze organizations and environments from multiple perspectives; (3) explore policies and practices for facilitating organizational change; (4) become a valued and effective member of a work team; and (5) learn how to incorporate effective communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and technology, into organizational behaviors and processes. Offered FA, WI, SP. 

MGMT 4620 Organizational Dynamics | 4 Credit Hours»

MGMT 4630 Strategic Human Resource Management | 4 Credit Hours

This course advances the argument that effective human resource policies will create sustained competitive advantage. To that end, this course will address the effective management of human resources in various policy areas: staffing, diversity, training and development, voice and influence, performance appraisal, and reward systems. Rather than taking a traditional, staff personnel perspective, we will address human resource management from the strategic perspective of a general manager. Prerequisite: MGMT 4620 Offered FA, WI, SP, SU. 

MGMT 4630 Strategic Human Resource Management | 4 Credit Hours»

MGMT 4690 Strategic Management | 4 Credit Hours

This course builds from the premise that managers make decisions that influence the overall success of their organizations. We will concentrate on how top managers create and maximize value for their stakeholders. You will learn about how companies compete against each other in the quest of achieving high performance and market victories. You will learn about how and why some companies are successful while others are not. This course is about strategy. The primary task of strategy is the allocation and commitment of critical resources over relatively long periods of time in pursuit of specific goals and objectives. Strategic decisions take account of the conditions that prevail within the industry environment, both positive and negative, and the resources and capabilities available to managers for meeting environmental challenges. Strategy also requires establishing and managing an internal organizational system that creates and sustains strategic value. Offered FA, WI, SP, SU. 

MGMT 4690 Strategic Management | 4 Credit Hours»

MKTG 4100 Marketing Concepts | 4 Credit Hours

Ever wonder what’s behind those Super Bowl ads we love to watch? Or, how Apple decides the price of its newest electronic wonder?  Did you notice you can almost always find what you are looking for at the grocery store, whether it’s in season or out?  How does that happen? This course will provide students with a lens through which they may view the world as a consumer and as a marketer, relating marketing principles and models to consumer and business actions.  The course will investigate marketing strategy and tactics using contemporary examples from the headlines, active class discussion, and a marketing strategy simulation. 

MKTG 4100 Marketing Concepts | 4 Credit Hours»

Electives/Concentration | 24 Credit Hours

The possibilities are endless.Talk with your graduate admissions manager about electives and concentrations from any discipline with Daniels and the University of Denver.

Enterprise Solutions

All Daniels MBA students are required to roll up their sleeves and participate in an Enterprise Solutions project. For 10 to 12 weeks, you and a small team of fellow students will tackle a pressing business challenge faced by a domestic or international company. Your team will analyze data, apply business concepts and deliver comprehensive recommendations to your client company. It's an invaluable opportunity to put your business and team-building skills to work.

The Stakes Are Real and the Standards Are High

Companies that sign up to participate in Enterprise Solutions expect to receive high-caliber consulting services—and Daniels students have a reputation for delivering results. We hold you, the student, and the client companies to the highest standards to ensure successful project outcomes.

Students will:

  • Integrate at least two business disciplines (e.g., finance, marketing, leadership, accounting, etc.) from the Daniels core.
  • Integrate at least one Compass discipline (e.g., ethics, globalization/innovation, sustainability, etc.) from the Daniels core.
  • Understand and apply dimensions of product/market positioning, industry typologies, generic strategies, critical factors for success, economic, social, political (external), regulatory/legal, technological and competitive constraints affecting decisions.
  • Perform successfully as a project team.

Make a Difference at Home or Overseas

There are three types of Enterprise Solutions opportunities:

  • Local Opportunity: Work at a Denver-based organization or company.
  • Domestic Opportunity: Work on a U.S.-based project. Requires travel for onsite consultations.
  • Global Opportunity: Students are immersed in a different culture while working on a project based outside of the United States.

High-profile Projects with Bottom-line Implications

To secure meaningful projects for our students, we partner with Fortune 500 for-profit, nonprofit and governmental entities including Molson Coors, Newmont Mining, Deutsche Bank, Coca-Cola, Frontier Airlines, Dish Network, Denver Health, Janus Capital, The United Way and the Colorado Secretary of State.

Past Enterprise Solutions projects include:

  • Newmont Mining: Students developed metrics for measuring the community and environmental impact of Newmont's gold mine operations in Peru.
  • Kaiser Permanente: Students created a business plan for obtaining corporate sponsorships for a new public information campaign.
  • Lockheed Martin: Students conducted a technological SWOT analysis of alternative power sources.
  • Deutsche Bank Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium: Students performed due diligence on microfinance loan applicants on site in Cambodia.
  • Ballet Nouveau Colorado: Students completed a feasibility study and business plan for satellite schools throughout Colorado.

Elective Curriculum

At Daniels we recognize that an MBA is not one size fits all. With 16–24 elective credits you can tailor your degree to your career interests and aspirations by pursuing an MBA concentration, customization or dual degrees. Other learning opportunities such as case competitions and experiential programs allow you to delve even deeper into specific business disciplines.

For more information about any of these options, please contact a graduate admissions manager.


The wide range of concentrations offered by Daniels allows you to tailor your education to fit your career goals.


While the concentrations above require prescribed courses, a customized degree can draw upon the resources of any School, College or Department within the University of Denver.

Examples of customized concentrations:

  • Bioenterprise
  • Environmental Policy & Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Training & Development
  • Sustainability
  • Technology Management

Dual Degrees

Daniels offers unique opportunities for graduate students to simultaneously earn two master-level degrees or a master’s degree and a juris doctor degree. Students can also select an MBA concentration or customization rather than a dual degree.

MBA + Master's in a Specific Business Discipline

Consider a dual degree that combines an MBA with a master of science in a specific business discipline. 

Juris Doctor/MBA

The University of Denver's joint Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration program provides a powerful combination of business and law to equip students with the competitive edge needed in today's global marketplace. This prestigious degree is offered from two of the University of Denver's finest colleges, the Daniels College of Business and the Sturm College of Law. The program arms students with the knowledge needed to navigate the increasingly complex legal challenges the U.S. faces as business expands in the global business world.

The JD/MBA program can be completed in four years, instead of five if taken separately. Classes for the program begin in the fall semester.

View the JD/MBA dual degree plan.

Sturm College of Law

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is a top 100 law school with nationally ranked programs in environmental and natural resources law, legal writing, clinical training, international law and tax law. The curriculum is innovative and global in its perspective, and the faculty are some of the finest in the nation. Upon graduation, our students are equipped with the skills necessary to provide immediate and valuable contributions to the legal community. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law provides you with the solid legal education you need to become a successful professional.

Students can also select an MBA concentration or customization rather than a dual degree.

Experiential Learning

Learning at Daniels gets you out of the classroom and into the field interacting with business leaders, solving real business problems and using your business skills when the stakes are real. You'll emerge from Daniels business sharp, field tested and ready to lead—adaptable to new situations and well-versed in both big-picture strategic thinking and cross-functional intricacies.

Gain Real-world Experience

Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on, highly relevant business experience through simulations, practicum projects and international trips.

  • Enterprise Solutions: Corporate partners “hire” a team of four to five students to analyze a business issue and make comprehensive recommendations. Students are often involved in implementing their recommendations. Required of all MBA students.
  • Global Opportunities (GO) Program: Students travel abroad to tackle a real-world project for a partner organization. Many projects focus on sustainable development issues; how to balance profit and growth with social, cultural and environmental implications. Fulfills the Enterprise Solutions requirement.
  • Marsico Investment Center: You'll manage part of the University of Denver’s endowment fund using the same investment technology and tools as professional portfolio managers.
  • Deutsche Bank Microfinance Class: As the exclusive educational partner of Deutsche Bank’s Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium, you will work with Deutsche Bank managers to perform due diligence on microfinance loan requests and visit a microfinance institution in a developing country.

Interact with Business Experts and Leaders

At Daniels, our deep connections with business leaders provides ample opportunities for you to meet and learn from the top professionals in your industry of interest.

  • Walk Down Wall Street: Get inside access to Wall Street executives and entrepreneurs during this week-long trip to investigate career opportunities in finance.
  • Voices of Experience: Dynamic discussions with business leaders on the challenges and opportunities in today’s business world.
  • Executive and Alumni Mentoring: Gain insight from an executive and/or alumni mentor in your field of interest.

Push Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Daniels has unique programs that push you beyond your comfort zones, encouraging development in leadership skills and personal growth.

  • Leading at the Edge (Graduate): As part of the required Essence of Enterprise course, you'll travel to the Rocky Mountains to participate in an intensive three-day exercise in outdoor leadership and team-building called “Leading at the Edge.” The intellectually rigorous experience teaches decision making, problem solving, teamwork and how to address ethical issues in times of stress. The weekend aims to establish trust among cohorts and instill the importance of values in leadership. Students find themselves moving from an individual to a collaborative perspective with regard to their future roles in business and the community.

Compete Against the Best

Case competitions provide you with a chance to showcase your critical-thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills—experiencing firsthand the challenges of the business world.

  • Race & Case: Daniels’ signature event that combines an ethics case competition with a ski race.
  • Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition: Daniels is proud to host one of the country’s few business case competitions focused on diversity. Students tackle a current issue around inclusive excellence, which is a strategic imperative for a participating company.
  • Cable Apprentice Challenge: This unique combination of education and networking with the best and the brightest in the business is a challenge to develop research and analysis tactics to help Comcast Colorado.
  • Association for Corporate Growth Case Competition: A regional business school case competition. The ACG Cup is a case-study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.
  • Aspen Institute's Business & Society International MBA Case Competition: More than 1,000 students from 25 business schools tackle a new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, requiring innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. You will step into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision making—not unlike the challenges that you and your teammates will face as the next generation of business leadership.

Enhance Your Professional Skills

You'll have access to a wide variety of tools and services to hone your skills and polish your craft.

  • Daniels Community Square: A place to meet, learn and connect with other students and faculty. Services provided include: technology coaching, computers with specialized programs (like Crystal Ball financial modeling software) and a Bloomberg terminal. There are also meeting facilities that can accommodate two to 20.
  • The Writing Center: Open to all DU students, the Writing Center at Penrose Library assists students with all types of writing projects: class assignments, professional writing and multimedia presentations.
  • Team Breakout Rooms: A great home for all of the teamwork required here at Daniels, featuring seating for five, a large screen monitor for group presentation preparation and whiteboards to capture great ideas.


At Daniels, our faculty members are passionate about teaching. As scholars who are deeply engaged in the business world, they excel at bridging the gap between theory and real-world application. The result is an academically rigorous and highly relevant learning experience that prepares you for business realities.

Daniels faculty delivers a high level of instruction with a personal touch. Here, you'll find teachers who know your name and care about your goals. They'll become inspiring mentors who challenge your assumptions, encourage your best effort and connect you with business leaders in Denver and beyond.

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