You are Welcome Here!

The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business has a legacy of being welcoming to international students and we are committed to assist you in your career goals and in being a vital part of our community. International Students make up approximately 20% of the total graduate student population at Daniels. At the University of Denver there are approximately 1,500 international students from 92 countries. We also have a DU Global Friends Program that seeks to promote friendship across cultures within the University of Denver community by matching international students with a faculty or staff member.


Join students who come to Daniels from around the world and across the U.S. for a rigorous business education. Take the next step toward realizing your goal of earning a degree from a top-ranked business college by reviewing Daniels admissions information.

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$100 Application Fee

Applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable application fee.

As a means of honoring our valued alumni we offer application fee waivers to University of Denver current students and alumni.

Official Transcript in Officially Sealed Enveloped From Each Higher Education Institution Attended

Applicants must request current transcripts from each higher education institution attended. Students must earn a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) prior to enrollment.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, applicants must submit original copies of the transcripts as well as official, certified 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, we require individual mark sheets for all semesters with all attempts of examination.

Submitting Unofficial vs. Official Transcripts:

The Office of Graduate Admissions accepts up-to-date, unofficial transcripts for admissions consideration; however, applicants must submit final, official transcripts if admitted to the program.

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. The Office of International Admission will evaluate the equivalency of degrees earned outside the United States.

Where to send official transcripts:

Paper documents—
Office of Graduate Admissions
Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
2101 S University Blvd, Ste 255
Denver, CO 80208-8921

GMAT or GRE: GMAT is Encouraged for Maximum MBA Scholarship Consideration

Applicants will need to submit a GMAT or GRE score during the application process.

To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes:

  • GMAT code | MZR-GT-82
  • GRE code | 4842

In some instances, international students may request a GMAT/GRE waiver. Please click on your program of interest in the following link to view program specific GMAT waiver qualifications:

Two Letters of Recommendation

You will be required to request letters of recommendation from two individuals (unrelated to you) who can speak to your candidacy from an academic or professional standpoint.

We understand that coordinating recommendations can be a delicate matter. Consequently, we accept recommendations through several avenues in order to make this process as simple as possible.

Recommendation Methods:

Upon completing the References section of your online application, Daniels will email the link to our online recommendation form directly to your listed recommenders.

If your recommenders prefer to fill out the form offline, they may download the form as a Word document. Upon completing the form, your references can submit recommendations to to be paired with your application.

If your references would like to write a separate letter of recommendation, they may submit their documents to to be paired with your application.

Please note that we cannot accept letters of recommendation forwarded by the applicant. Recommendations must be sent directly by recommenders through one of the methods listed above.

Professional Résumé

In addition to documenting your level of work experience in the online application, you will be required to submit a résumé demonstrating the scope of your professional experience and educational achievements.

Language Requirements

TOEFL: A score of 240(paper-based), 587(computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is preferred to consider an applicant for admission (no less than a 20 TOEFL on any section of the test). Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language ability, or exceptional academic performance.

IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher is preferred to consider an applicant for admission. Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language, or exceptional academic performance.

Possible Exemptions: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials. Contact the Admission Office for clarification.

Admission Interview is by Invitation

Qualified applicants may be invited to complete an admissions interview on campus or via Skype. The admissions interview is an opportunity for both you and Daniels admissions staff to evaluate whether or not the program is a good fit.

After you have completed all other application requirements, your graduate admissions manager will contact you via email to schedule the interview.

Application Deadlines

September Start

  • November 15: Priority
  • January 15: Round 2
  • March 15: Final Deadline

March Start

  • October 1: Priority
  • December 1: Final Deadline

We strongly recommend applying as early as possible. Applications and scholarship first-come, first-served basis.

MBA and Master of Science in Management applications are accepted for Fall.

 Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Deposit

If 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.

Student Visa Application Requirements

Education USA Advising Centers are located worldwide to help you with the process of obtaining your student vis. Find an Education USA Advising Center near you.

After acceptance to Daniels, international applicants will need to obtain an F-1 Student Visa (or DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) to attend. If you have questions regarding the listed requirements for J-1 Visas or visas for dependents, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at

Required Documents

  • Bank Statement: Students requesting an I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa must submit a bank statement demonstrating 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
  • Financial Verification Form: The financial verification form acts as a summary of a student’s available funding resources, including outside contributions and scholarships. 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.
  • Passport Identification Page: International students must submit a copy or scan of their passport’s identification page.
  • Supplement for International Applicants (SEVIS): The SEVIS form is a required identification form for students and their dependents.
  • Current U.S. F-1 Student Visa students: If already studying at a different university in the United States, please fill out the Transfer Eligibility Form to complete your transfer to the University of Denver.

Document Address:

Paper Documents—
Office of Graduate Admissions
Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
2101 S University Blvd, Ste 255
Denver, CO 80208-8921

Electronic Documents—


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, 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.

Visa Interview

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.

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) by taking the ELPA during orientation.

  • Students whose University of Denver assessment demonstrates they are proficient enough in English to be academically successful, regardless of TOEFL/IELTS scores, may enroll in graduate academic classes full-time.
  • Students whose University of Denver assessment demonstrates minor deficiencies and indicates their opportunity for academic success would be enhanced by ELC support may enroll in academic classes full-time and will be placed in an ELC bridge course(s).
  • Students whose University of Denver assessment indicates significant levels of deficiency will be placed in an ELC bridge course(s) but may elect to take an appropriate level of English language instruction at the ELC and may be required to reduce their academic course load accordingly.

Students who are required to complete the ELPA will receive more information prior to orientation.

 Resources to Help You Succeed

International Student Orientation

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts orientations for new international students each quarter. During orientation, international student advisors and guest speakers will discuss a variety of topics to help you learn about maintaining your immigration status and being successful in your program. All new international graduate students must attend the International Student Orientation.

International Student Groups

The Daniels community includes many student groups, such as the Asian Student Alliance, Latina/o Student Alliance and the Arab Student Association, that support the needs and interests of international students. See all student groups.

Extracurricular Academic Support

From technology coaching to writing assistance at the DU Writing Center, you’ll find faculty, staff and fellow students eager to help.


This past term, 86 percent of accepted graduate students at Daniels were awarded merit-based scholarships. Merit-based Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions are awarded based on extraordinary academic performance and relevant work experience. Scholarship awards vary depending on the program that you apply. Scholarships typically range in value from $10,000 to $60,000+ for the full-time Denver MBA program and from $5000 to $25,000+ for all other programs.


The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business is among the best in the nation for graduate business education according to a 2016 Top Graduate Programs ranking developed by SR Education Group and based on student satisfaction rates. Daniels weighs in at No. 18 on the list of “Top Business Schools” and at No. 27 on the list of “Top MBA Programs,” joining institutions like Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Daniels is the only Colorado school ranked on those lists. Denver was also recently ranked by U.S. News as the #1 Best Place to Live in U.S., and by Forbes as the #1 Best Place for Business and Careers.


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