Personal. Purposeful. Part Time.

The Professional MBA (PMBA) from the Daniels College of Business in Denver, Colorado, is an ideal fit for early-to-mid career professionals. The PMBA is a part-time program that allows you to earn a world-class MBA in 24 months without compromising your current career.

You will experience the same academic rigor and innovative learning of our traditional MBA in a format that fits your busy life and propels your possibilities. See for yourself why Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Daniels PMBA #54 in the nation and #3 in the region in 2013.

Program at a Glance

FormatA lock-step (cohort) curriculum of 18 courses, which include two electives (70 credit hours)
Class SchedulePart-time: Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Duration24 calendar months 
Class Size30-40 students
Start DatesSeptember and March of each year
Undergraduate DegreeRequired
Work ExperienceAt least two years is required, six years is average
GMAT or GRERequired unless GMAT waiver request is granted. Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships must take the GMAT. To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: GMAT code is MZR-GT-43 and the GRE code is 4842.
Experiential Learning
Three day Leading at the Edge outdoor leadership course and an eight-day International Travel Seminar
Application DeadlinesApplications are considered in the order that they are received. Space available consideration after February 1 (March entry) and May 15 (September entry).


The best part about the hands-on learning that Daniels offers is that it allows you to engage in the meaningful applications of the subject matter in a way that truly translates to your work-place and career. And the incredible opportunity to travel abroad with over 30 professionals to learn firsthand how business is done around the globe is a one of a kind experience!- Holly Robinson, PMBA 2013 | Marketing Coordinator, D.R. Horton

Program Curriculum

  • Ethical Leadership: Gain an understanding of the ethical implications of business decisions.
  • Technical Expertise: Acquire hands-on technical expertise—from finance to marketing to management—through software simulations, team projects and student consulting.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Develop your communication and team-building skills through collaborative projects on campus and in the field.
  • Critical and Innovative Thinking: Enhance your ability to gather, analyze and synthesize information to solve business dilemmas and create new opportunities.
  • Global/Intercultural Competence: Navigate the ever-changing global business environment and constructively engage with people from groups or cultures different from their own.

Course Sequence

PMBA students follow a sequential 24-month curriculum for 70 credit hours. The first 62 credits are lockstep and include business fundamentals, values-based leadership and organizational strategy courses. The final 8 credits are electives.

  • Business Fundamental Courses: Learn the key functional areas of business including accounting, marketing and decision making using business statistics and financial analysis.
  • Daniels Compass Courses: Develop the skills demanded by today’s business environment with a focus on self-leadership, emotional intelligence, team collaboration, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Organizational Development Courses: Think strategically about organizational operations and how to identify and implement business opportunities.
  • Electives: 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

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Daniels Compass Courses | 16 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»

MGMT 4240 Global Business Imperative | 4 Credit Hours

Conducting business outside theUnited States involves a unique set of challenges. Diverse cultures, laws, languages and currencies add to the complexity of putting together and managing international business ventures. This course will help you to prepare for these activities by exploring ten questions, which focus critical aspects of international business. The primary vehicle for accomplishing this will be class discussions built around presentations by the instructors as well as cases and exercises dealing with a range of countries, issues and industries.

MGMT 4240 Global Business Imperative | 4 Credit Hours»

Business Core Courses | 46 Credit Hours

FIN 4740 Managerial Microeconomics | 2 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes the standard tools of microeconomic analysis for the business manager. The focus is on managerial decision-making, and to give an appreciation of the important perspectives that form the business environment in the contemporary world. The goal is to provide students with the tools from microeconomics industrial organization that they need to make sound managerial choices. The course will emphasize analytical problem solving to highlight the decisions managers must make under constrained conditions. There will be a series of short quizzes to emphasize these skills based on class lecturers and homework. We will also use case studies to develop practical insights into managing the firm’s resources to achieve competitive advantage. This course is divided into two principal modules based on market structure: perfect competition and imperfect competition. Both modules will cover optimal behavior and strategies.Offered FA, WI, SP.

FIN 4740 Managerial Microeconomics | 2 Credit Hours»

FIN 4750 Managerial Macroeconomics | 2 Credit Hours

This course covers the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics. It teaches students how private market forces and government policy decisions drive fluctuations in the global economy and affect the business environment. It explores issues related to inflation, interest rates, foreign exchange rate, business cycles, and monetary and fiscal policies. The course uses case studies to analyze real-life macroeconomic issues, and students are encouraged to investigate the potential and limitations of macroeconomic theory with real-world problems. The course is divided into two principle modules: the economy in the long run, and the economy in the short run. Both modules cover impacts of government policies on the business environment in a closed economy and an open economy. Offered FA, WI, SP.

FIN 4750 Managerial Macroeconomics | 2 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting and Reporting | 4 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an understanding of financial statements issued by companies to external parties, such as shareholders, creditors, and government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To achieve this purpose, the course will: 1) introduce students to the most important issues relating to the assets, liabilities and stockholders' equity accounts reported on the balance and income statement reporting issues; 2) provide students with sufficient understanding of the reporting mechanics to locate and interpret relevant information in the financial statements; 3) assist students in developing skills that can be used in analyzing financial information provided by companies; and 4) examine major transaction categories and accounting policies of business firms and their financial statement implications. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to appreciate both the usefulness and the limitations of accounting information. The perspective of the course is at all times that of the user, rather than a preparer, of financial statements.

ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting and Reporting | 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»

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»

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. ALL QUARTERS

MKTG 4100 Marketing Concepts | 4 Credit Hours»

STAT 4610 Business Statistics | 4 Credit Hours | Fall 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»

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»

Managing Human Capital | 6 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the effective management of people, which is every organization’s most critical resource. Employees’ knowledge, skills, commitment, creativity and effort are the basis for sustained competitive advantage. It is people who deal directly with customers, have creative ideas for new products or for process improvements and devise marketing strategy or take technologies to the next level. In this course, we approach the people side of business from a general management perspective, integrating concepts from organizational behavior, human resource management, strategy and organizational design. Course topics include motivation, reward systems, engagement, feedback; processes by which work is done and decisions are made, including attention to teams, power dynamics, conflict and negotiations; the structure of the organization and its systems, including job and organizational design and system and policies affecting human capital; the organization’s cultures and history; and the external environment within which the organization operates, including legal, regulatory, demographic, economic and national cultural factors.

Managing Human Capital | 6 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»

BUS 4600 Capstone Project | 4 Credit Hours

During the Capstone Project, students will analyze the ‘real-world’ operational business practices and performance of an ongoing concern (public or private) and propose feasible solutions which mitigate the performance problems identified. Students will deliver an oral presentation that will present the results of the analysis and recommended solutions which address the specific problem or issue identified. The project is team-based and supports the application of knowledge acquired throughout the PMBA curriculum.

BUS 4600 Capstone Project | 4 Credit Hours»

Electives/Concentration | 8 Credit Hours

The required electives allow you to deepen your knowledge in specific business disciplines. Talk with your graduate admissions manager about electives and concentrations.

Elective Curriculum

The first 62 credits of the PMBA are lockstep, but the final 8 credits (two 10-week courses) are required electives that allow you to deepen your knowledge in specific business disciplines. Students can pursue dual degrees within Daniels by combining an MBA with a master’s degree in a specific business discipline or by combining an MBA with a degree from another University of Denver school such as the Sturm College of Law or the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Or, any degree-seeking University of Denver student can pursue a certificate in Global Business & Corporate Social Responsibility presented by Daniels and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

For more information about any of these options, please contact Laura Simpkins at or 303.871.2728.

Experiential Learning

Business doesn’t happen in a classroom. That’s why the PMBA immerses you in as many onsite, problem-solving situations as possible. You’ll learn by doing—experience that stays with you long after your classes are over.

Hands-on Learning Is Required

There are three required learning experiences that will transform your understanding of business and your effectiveness as a business leader:

  • Leading at the Edge: As part of the required Essence of Enterprise course, students 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.
  • PMBA International Travel Seminar: Today’s business environment demands an understanding of global business practices and their effect on society. During the eight-day International Travel Seminar, which is included in the tuition, you’ll experience business in the context of other cultures and examine sustainable business practices on an international scale.

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  • Capstone Project: Working with a cohort team, you’ll apply knowledge gained throughout the PMBA program to a project that adds real value to your community. It’s an opportunity to pull together everything you’ve learned from business fundamentals to interpersonal effectiveness to business sustainability.

To excel in today’s global marketplace you need a working knowledge of the interdependencies of international business and its effect on society. While the concept of global stewardship is integrated throughout the PMBA core curriculum, the required PMBA International Travel Seminar brings these lessons to life with an eight-day trip to examine global business practices.

This transformative overseas experience allows you and your cohort to experience business in the context of other cultures and gain insight into global business perspectives. You will meet with foreign business leaders, visit diverse business ventures and explore the challenges and rewards of sustainable development.

Upon completion of the International Travel Seminar, each student will be able to:

  • Analyze the economic development of the foreign nation in the context of its global competitiveness.
  • Understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of the foreign nation.
  • Apply intercultural sensitivity and the concepts of inclusive excellence to establish positive social and interpersonal relationships with business owners, governmental representatives and local community leaders.
  • Apply the leadership and management competencies necessary to effectively develop, implement and execute solutions that enable sustainable organizational growth in the context of a global business environment.

The cost of the International Travel Seminar is included in the tuition. It is typically scheduled for the fifth quarter of the PMBA program to give you adequate time to schedule time away from work and personal obligations.

International Travel Seminar in Action

To date, the International Travel Seminar has been held in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru, and The Federation of Saint Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis.

Options to Gain More Real-world Experience

Ready to take on even more challenges? The following optional opportunities and resources are available to all Daniels graduate students.

  • Global Opportunities (GO) Program: Students travel abroad to tackle a real-world project for a partner organization. Most projects require students to analyze sustainable development issues—how to balance profit and growth with social, cultural and environmental implications. Fulfills the Enterprise Solutions requirement.
  • Marsico Investment Center: Students use the same investment technology and tools as professional portfolio managers to manage part of the University of Denver’s endowment fund.
  • Deutsche Bank Microfinance Class: As the exclusive educational partner of Deutsche Bank’s Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium, students interact with Deutsche Bank managers overseeing the microfinance fund, perform due diligence on loan requests and visit a microfinance institution in a developing country.

Interact with Business Experts and Leaders

  • Digital Marketing Summit: Join leading industry professionals and renowned educators for candid discussions of marketing trends and techniques.
  • 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: Explore and pursue career opportunities with an executive and/or alumni mentor in your field of interest.

Compete Against the Best

  • 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.
  • Race & Case: Daniels’ signature event that combines an ethics case competition with a ski race.
  • Cable Apprentice Challenge: This unique combination of education and networking with the best and the brightest in the business world 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.

Enhance Your Professional Skills

  • 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.


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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Executive and Professional MBA Programs

Lisa Grassfield
Direct: +1 303.871.3419

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Kari Graham
Direct: +1 303.871.2639