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Take the next step toward realizing your goal of earning a master’s degree from a top-ranked business college by reviewing Daniels admissions information:
Admissions at a Glance
|Program Start Dates||September|
|Application Deadlines||Four rounds of admission deadlines for fall entry: November 15, January 15, March 15 (final round for international students) and May 15.|
|Application Fee||$100 non-refundable|
|GMAT or GRE Scores||Required. Potentially waived for students in high academic standing. To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: GMAT code is MZR-GT-31 and the GRE code is 4842.|
|Tuition 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.|
Before You Apply
Admissions Criteria & GMAT/GRE
Given the rigor of the Daniels program, we seek students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in an academic setting. Graduate students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
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
Submit a résumé that focuses on your unique strengths and accomplishments.
We look for a good balance of verbal and quantitative scores on your GMAT or GRE.
To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: GMAT code is MZR-GT-31 and the GRE code is 4842.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essays are assessed for clarity, organization, conciseness and grammar. Through the essays, you can communicate what you hope to achieve at Daniels and how you will contribute to the Daniels community. Take advantage of the third optional open-topic essay to let us know what sets you apart from other applicants.
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.
There are additional admissions requirements for international applicants:
All Daniels students are expected to read, write and speak English fluently. International students must 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:
A minimum of an 88 TOEFL (no less than a 20 on any section) or a minimum of a 6.5 IELTS (no less than 6.0 on any section) is required to apply. If you do not meet these minimums you are unlikely to be accepted.
- TOEFL: A minimum score of 587 (paper-based), 240 (computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is highly recommended for admission consideration (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. A minimum of an 88 TOEFL is required to apply.
- IELTS: A score of 7 or higher is highly recommended for admission consideration (no less than a 6.0 IELTS 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, or exceptional academic performance. A minimum of a 6.5 IELTS is required to apply.
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
- 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:
Daniels College of Business
University of Denver
2101 S. University Blvd., Ste. 255
Denver, CO 80208
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- PRINT AT LEAST 2 COPIES OF THE RECEIPT!
3. APPLY FOR YOUR VISA.
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.
Provide an Academic Record of Undergraduate Education
The Daniels College of Business Admissions Committee seeks applicants who have the demonstrated ability to succeed in an academic setting. All applicants are required to provide one official transcript from an accredited university or college, but there are two additional requirements for international applicants:
- 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, we require individual 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. The Office of International Admission will evaluate the equivalency of degrees earned outside the United States.
Resources to help you succeed
You'll find a supportive community and numerous resources to ease your transition into life at Daniels, including:
- 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.
Off Campus and Student Housing
The University of Denver has limited on campus apartment housing and resources for off campus living in the DU neighborhood.
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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.
The Steps to Take
- Learn more about the GI Bill and other educational reimbursement programs offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
- Apply to Daniels. You will follow the same application process as all applicants.
- Apply for GI Bill educational benefits.
- Request VA certification after you’ve been accepted to Daniels and approved for benefits by the VA.
- Apply for additional financial aid, if needed. Veterans are also eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
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 email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.