In a Word: Destination

The Daniels College of Business and the surrounding area provides a dynamic learning environment with countless opportunities to test your new-found skills, get involved and form lasting friendships.

There's no place like the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the region. Explore what it's like to be a Daniels student:

 On Campus

Daniels is located on the 125 acre University of Denver campus equidistant to downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center. The campus is a blend of a century's worth of architecture, green commons and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. At every corner, you'll find facilities that promote the best of learning, sports and the performing arts.

Student Organizations and Resources

With more than 25 student organizations at Daniels, you're sure to find one that fits your interests. Student organizations are an excellent way to meet like-minded peers, take on leadership roles and get involved with the Daniels community. You can also get involved through networking events, speaker forums, volunteer activities and other events organized by Daniels.

We want to help you make the most of your time at Daniels. You'll find a wide range of academic and professional resources and support including:

  • DU Writing Center: Open to all DU students, the Writing Center assists students with all types of writing projects: class assignments, professional writing and multimedia presentations.
  • Daniels Career Services: Daniels Career Services provides lifelong career management services to Daniels graduate-level students and alumni including career coaching, an extensive online jobs resource, on-campus recruiting and job search workshops.
  • Global Friends Program: The DU Global Friends Program promotes friendship across cultures within the University of Denver community by matching international students with a faculty or staff member.

Denver and the Rocky Mountains

Why Denver? It's all in the numbers.

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Denver has big-city amenities—Fortune 500 companies, public transportation, nightlife and more—with the friendly feel of a smaller town. Thanks to its thriving business and social scene, Denver is consistently ranked by Forbes and Kiplinger's as one of the top cities for young professionals and recent college graduates.

A Hub of Opportunity

Denver is a regional hub for business, government and culture. You'll find countless opportunities to put your business skills to the test through internships and student consulting projects for a wide range of businesses—from international conglomerates to entrepreneurial start-ups. Daniels students also give back to the community through volunteer opportunities coordinated by the College and student organizations.

An Active Community

The University of Denver campus, Denver and the nearby Rocky Mountains are perfect for active minds and bodies. From the state-of-the-art fitness center at DU's Ritchie Center to the Rocky Mountains to the manmade playground of downtown Denver, you'll have lots of opportunities to unwind and get to know your fellow Daniels students.

Learn more about life at Daniels, the University of Denver and the surrounding area:

 Alumni Resources

Your relationship with the Daniels doesn't end at graduation. As an alumnus, you have lifetime access to robust alumni services and a 36,000+ alumni network to support your evolving career and goals.

Stay Connected and Get Involved

Career Resources and Lifelong Learning

Talk to a Student Ambassador

Hope Wroblewski
Hope Wroblewski
Denver MBA Candidate, Lead Ambassador

Hope Wroblewski—Denver MBA Candidate, Lead Ambassador

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels because of its welcoming, energetic staff and faculty. The environment and culture of the school and student body seemed to be more geared towards teamwork, community and ethics. I love that everyone is working towards a common goal to improve ourselves, each other, and the world. It is a very different approach than I saw at other business schools during my interview and preview process.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Boston University, Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Affairs, 2006


Hometown:
San Jose, CA


Hobbies:
Running, hiking, camping, and biking.


Bucket List Item:
Complete a triathlon.


Fun Fact:
I love making crème brûlée.


Post Grad School Goal:
As an army aviation officer, I am dedicated to solving veteran homelessness.

Abdullah Alhossini
Abdullah Alhossini
Master of Accountancy Candidate

Abdullah Alhossini—Master of Accountancy Candidate

Why Daniels?
Daniels is one of the few schools in the world that has an accounting and business accreditation from AACSB. It provides the perfect environment, including modules, teaching, assessment, facilities and equipment. Furthermore, the University of Denver is home to some of the finest academic lecturers that have excelled in their careers, and it would be a great opportunity to collaborate with and learn from them.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
King Saud University, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting


Hometown:
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Hobbies:
I like sports. Soccer, tennis, and ping-pong are my favorite!


Bucket List Item:
Travel around the world.


Fun Fact:
If you see me in the hallway and I do not say hi, you probably saw my twin brother. It’s fine. Go and introduce yourself! He is friendly too!


Post Grad School Goal:
I hold a very keen interest in enhancing my qualifications with a PhD in Management Accounting.

Kelsey Berlinberg
Kelsey Berlinberg
MS Business Analytics Candidate

Kelsey Berlinberg—MS Business Analytics Candidate

Why Daniels?
I was drawn to the small class sizes and the location of the College. I identify with the core values promoting ethical business practices, and these values are well-practiced by every professor at Daniels. The Business Analytics program gave me the flexibility to work full-time during the day, and take classes at night to earn my graduate degree. Even as a part time student, I feel that every professor is willing to invest in my education and my future.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Colorado, Boulder. Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Psychology, with a Minor in Business


Hometown:
Littleton, CO


Hobbies:
Photography, dance, tennis, reading, traveling and cooking.


Bucket List Item:
Visit every continent in the world, and learn another language.


Fun Fact:
Neil Degrasse Tyson almost stabbed me with a dinner knife.


Post Grad School Goal:
I would like to work for a company where I can live abroad and work in analytics. I would like to somehow tie in my undergraduate International Affairs degree into my career post-graduation.

Federica Bologna
Federica Bologna
MS Marketing Candidate

Federica Bologna—MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose the Daniels College of Business because I had a very good experience when I was looking for a master’s program. I had the chance to meet with the Chair of the Department, attend a Preview Weekend event, meet with the Graduate Admissions Manager, go on a tour of the campus and attend a class for one day. I was so impressed with the Marketing program and what it could offer that I had no doubts.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
School of Economics, University of Trieste (Italy), Bachelor in Business Science, Master in Business Science


Hometown:
Trieste, Italy


Hobbies:
Cooking, shopping, and traveling.


Bucket List Item:
Exploring Northern Europe and seeing the Aurora Borealis.


Fun Fact:
I have visited 13 countries in the world. I can speak 5 languages, including Latin.


Post Grad School Goal:
Working as a Consumer Insight Manager for an international company.

Paige Conklin
Paige Conklin
Denver MBA Candidate

Paige Conklin—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels for three reasons. First off, when I was working for a non-profit organization writing grants I applied to the Daniels Fund and I was inspired by Bill Daniels' emphasis on ethics and leadership in business. I wasn't ready to apply for an MBA program then, but when I was ready I knew I wanted to pursue my education at Daniels—at an institution that valued ethics in business. The second reason I chose Daniels was because I saw a lot of opportunity in Denver. I wanted to live in and contribute to a growing, vibrant city. Lastly, I want to work in the renewable energy industry and Denver and Daniels offer lots of opportunities within this field.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Colorado College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government, 2012


Hometown:
Millbrook, NY


Hobbies:
Yoga, running, and skiing.


Bucket List Item:
I'd like to rescue and work with orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary in Africa.


Fun Fact:
I have a rescue dog, named Baxter. He is a "Schnoodle."


Post Grad School Goal:
I plan to market renewable energy products and services.

Lucy Constantino
Lucy Constantino
MS Management Candidate

Lucy Constantino—MS Management Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels because I completed my undergraduate degree here at the University of Denver and had some great experiences at Daniels as a Business Administration minor. I’m a Denver native and Daniels is one of the highest ranking and most prestigious business schools in the country—especially in the Rocky Mountain area—so it always seemed like a grand, and even intimidating, institution at times. However, after attending an information session, I became inspired to pursue my graduate degree here. After learning more about Daniels’ values—learning through doing, interacting with integrity, diversity and inclusion as sources of strength, and global action and influence—I realized that I have built my character and views of the business world on these same values. Now, I’m lucky enough to share a vision with an academic institution that I can call home: Daniels.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Denver, Bachelor’s in Strategic Communication


Hometown:
Denver, CO


Hobbies:
Anything food-related—from making grocery lists to cooking to trying new restaurants. I also enjoy music, Pilates, fashion, art, exploring, current events and Netflix-binging.


Bucket List Item:
Travel the world (I’ve never been outside of the U.S.!).


Fun Fact:
My hands and feet are featured in several Mississippi bank commercials.


Post Grad School Goal:
I plan on working at a public relations firm and/or in a social media-savvy role.

Ali Filbert
Ali Filbert
Denver MBA Candidate

Ali Filbert—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
Daniels offers a unique program that isn’t just about sitting in a classroom and getting a lecture. It is interactive not only with peers but with mentors and coaches outside. The Personal Growth Agenda is something that really drew me into the program. I wanted to grow my knowledge base but more importantly I wanted to grow as a person. Daniels seemed like the best fit for me.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Science – Supply Chain and Information Systems


Hometown:
Cheshire, CT


Hobbies:
Reading, snowboarding, watching football, visiting family and going to the beach.


Bucket List Item:
Visit Italy with my parents or attend all three Triple Crown Races in the same year.


Fun Fact:
I was adopted from Guatemala when I was six months old.


Post Grad School Goal:
Rejoin the corporate retail world.

Deborah Finestone
Deborah Finestone
MS Marketing Candidate

Deborah Finestone—MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose to earn my degree at Daniels because of the wonderful learning environment. The courses are laid out thoughtfully for each degree, and I liked being able to customize portions of my program to learn about what I am interested in outside of the core classes. The career resources, students, and faculty are all wonderful, and I am excited to be a part of the Daniels community.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Denver, Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications


Hometown:
Memphis, TN


Hobbies:
Running, traveling, skiing, and trampolining.


Bucket List Item:
Take a helicopter ride.


Fun Fact:
When I studied abroad in Scotland, I joined a trampolining team and got to compete in competitions around the U.K.!


Post Grad School Goal:
To obtain a job in either event or social media marketing for a company that has a collaborative and innovative work environment.

Sierra Fowler
Sierra Fowler
Denver MBA Candidate

Sierra Fowler—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I did a lot of research and visited a number of MBA programs. Ultimately, I chose Daniels because it offered a well-rounded, whole package:



  • The curriculum is intentionally designed and emphasizes elements such as ethics, social impact, and environmental sustainability.

  • It is located in a city that is naturally beautiful, culturally and economically robust and known for active, healthy lifestyles.

  • The faculty and staff are very hands-on and go beyond just being supportive and have personalized every step of the experience.

  • The school has a well-established network in the Denver area and is recognized and respected within business communities.

  • The scholarship and funding packages offered made Daniels a good value with the potential for a strong ROI.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Kentucky; B.A. Integrated Strategic Communications, B.A. French


Hometown:
Cadillac, Michigan


Hobbies:
Anything related to food--gardening, cooking, sharing meals with others, etc.; getting outside with my dog; wandering through bookstores and libraries; writing postcards and people-watching at cafes.


Bucket List Item:
Learn to sail.


Fun Fact:
After graduating from college, I spent a season as a wildland firefighter in the Pacific Northwest.


Post Grad School Goal:
To put my degree and know-how to good use at a food-focused benefit corporation.

Taylor Gombar
Taylor Gombar
MS Marketing Candidate

Taylor Gombar—MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I choose the Daniels College of Business due to the school's endorsed values of ethical leadership, sustainability, and positive global impact. I aspired to grow my understanding of marketing practices within a university that fostered values to which aligned with my own. As a graduate scholar I desired to fill the gap between my acquired knowledge of sampling and my unfamiliarity with statistical data mining. The MS in Marketing program at Daniels coupled data science with theoretical frameworks. The program's flexible structure enabled graduates to pursue various disciplines in marketing (digital marketing, IMC, etc.) whilst gaining deep content in a single focus of choice.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Chatham University, Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Management, and Graphic Design, 2015


Hometown:
Pittsburgh, PA


Hobbies:
I enjoy dabbling with photography and digital abstraction design using my Canon and GoPro. I am also an avid outdoors woman who enjoys kayaking, hiking, and skiing. You may catch me on the weekends at farmers markets, thrift stores, or at indie bookstores.


Bucket List Item:
I believe it would be an honor to be a featured artist within a downtown gallery show.


Fun Fact:
In 2013, I lived in a chic loft in downtown Shanghai, China.


Post Grad School Goal:
I aspire to obtain a VP of Brand Marketing & Operations position within the corporate retail industry—utilizing marketing strategy to build productive relationships with value chain stakeholders.

Billy Hasse
Billy Hasse
Denver MBA Candidate

Billy Hasse—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels for its small class sizes, city setting and strong Real Estate & Construction Management program, in which I plan to concentrate. The abundance of activities to do here in the Denver area also provided motivation for me to pursue my MBA at Daniels.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Purdue University, Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management with a minor in Organizational Leadership & Supervision, 2012


Hometown:
Munster, IN


Hobbies:
Skiing, hiking, playing sports, running, cycling, traveling, boating, hunting, and watching the Chicago Cubs.


Bucket List Item:
Complete a triathlon.


Fun Fact:
Was a walk-on kicker for the Purdue football team.


Post Grad School Goal:
Own a construction and real estate development company.

Jasmine Heung
Jasmine Heung
MS Business Analytics Candidate

Jasmine Heung —MS Business Analytics Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels because the MS in Business Analytics is a flexible, quick and engaging program that teaches you some coding in an amazing location.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
George Mason University, BS Information Systems and Operations Management, 2014


Hometown:
Hong Kong


Hobbies:
Snowboarding, kayaking, camping, cycling and eating.


Bucket List Item:
Whitewater raft down the Colorado River.


Fun Fact:
I once met Daniel Dae Kim at a bar in D.C.


Post Grad School Goal:
Work for a non-profit company and get another cat.

Ericka Holcomb
Ericka Holcomb
Denver MBA Candidate

Ericka Holcomb—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I want an intimate experience where I wasn’t going to be just a number. I also want real-life, hands-on experience surrounded by people who actually want me to succeed.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree: Ohio Northern University (Ada, OH). BS in Business Management with Applied Statistics Minor & BA in Psychology.


Hometown:
Bloomington, IN


Hobbies:
Working out, running a start-up (Project Rise Fitness) in Denver with my boyfriend, Amateur Strongman, playing with my dog and all things food!


Bucket List Item:
Bungee Jump.


Fun Fact:
If you removed my femurs, I’d be 33% shorter.


Post Grad School Goal:
Global Human Resources.

Karen Huang
Karen Huang
MS Business Analytics Candidate

Karen Huang—MS Business Analytics Candidate

Why Daniels?
I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver (DU) in 2014. I loved DU and Denver so much that I decided to come back for my graduate degree!


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Denver | Daniels College of Business | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration | Finance and Marketing | 2014


Hometown:
Shanghai, China


Hobbies:
Snowboarding, fashion, concerts, traveling and studying different cultures.


Bucket List Item:
I want to live in Florence, Italy for 6-12 months so that I can learn about the local culture and see all the amazing renaissance art.


Fun Fact:
I am a huge foodie and my favorite coffee brands are Kona and Blue Mountain.


Post Grad School Goal:
I want to pursue a career in marketing research for an international company.

Molly Jauhar
Molly Jauhar
Denver MBA Candidate

Molly Jauhar—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
The program is extremely unique, and also gave me the flexibility to design my own concentration.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Syracuse University - Magazine Journalism and French


Hometown:
Paramus, New Jersey


Hobbies:
Latch hooking, writing, and eating Mexican food.


Bucket List Item:
Work as an elevator operator.


Fun Fact:
I've had an article published in Huffington Post!


Post Grad School Goal:
Work abroad in a leadership role.

Noa Kenigsztein
Noa Kenigsztein
MS Marketing Candidate

Noa Kenigsztein—MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I was drawn to the program at Daniels and the incredible staff and faculty. The flexibility of the program and the connection DU has to the telecommunications industry were also important to me.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
BSc in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.


Hobbies:
Skiing, traveling and baking.


Bucket List Item:
Visit Machu Picchu.


Fun Fact:
I have lived in 5 countries (and counting!).


Post Grad School Goal:
Combine Psychology and Marketing through consumer behavior in the telecommunications industry.

Alex Lewis
Alex Lewis
Denver MBA Candidate

Alex Lewis—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels because of the hands-on and challenged-based curriculum, location and small class sizes. The challenge-based curriculum gives me real-world experiences and helps develop my leadership skills. Denver is an exciting fast-growing city and I couldn’t leave Denver after living here before the program. The classes are the right size to create interesting discussions and bonds with the professors.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Science in Accounting


Hometown:
Sugar Land, TX


Hobbies:
Cycling, backcountry skiing, exploring new restaurants, camping, visiting cultural attractions and running.


Bucket List Item:
To ski a 14er.


Fun Fact:
I love drinking espresso.


Post Grad School Goal:
I hope to work in finance.

Nate Lewis
Nate Lewis
Denver MBA Candidate

Nate Lewis—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
In choosing a business school, I was worried that I would find myself in a place that only seemed concerned about the bottom line and that focused on profits before people. Coming from a healthcare background, in my mind people are always first. The Daniels commitment to ethics and social responsibility really spoke to me. The emphasis Daniels places on these values made it very compatible not only with my educational goals, but my goals as a human being.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2010


Hometown:
Denver, CO


Hobbies:
Reading, writing and exercising.


Bucket List Item:
Travel Europe.


Fun Fact:
At the age of 17 I took second place in a contest to build a catapult and launch a pumpkin!


Post Grad School Goal:
I'd love to be able to support medical practitioners so they can do their jobs as effectively as possible.

Shadi Maaliki
Shadi Maaliki
MS Marketing Candidate

Shadi Maaliki —MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I earned my undergraduate degree from Daniels and wanted to continue my education at the University.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Denver, BSBA in Finance


Hometown:
Centennial, CO


Hobbies:
Snowboarding, enjoying the outdoors and playing sports like soccer, basketball and rugby.


Bucket List Item:
Skydiving.


Fun Fact:
I studied in Spain for a semester.


Post Grad School Goal:
I hope to find my niche and pursue a career where I will utilize my finance and/or marketing degree.

Jonathan Malabre
Jonathan Malabre
Denver MBA Candidate

Jonathan Malabre—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
The differentiation of the program and the quality of instruction.


Undergraduate Institution:
Regis University. BS in Business Administration with Management Specialization


Hometown:
Colorado Springs, CO


Hobbies:
Automotive repair, rebuilds, performance modification and tuning; reading, movies, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.


Bucket List Item:
Race the Lemans 24 for Mercedes Benz.


Fun Fact:
My wife of 13 years and I dated for only 2 weeks.


Post Grad School Goal:
In the Army, contribute what I’ve learned in grad school into doctrine; Post-Army, not sure yet.

Gabriel Martinez
Gabriel Martinez
MS Applied Quantitative Finance Candidate

Gabriel Martinez—MS Applied Quantitative Finance Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose this program at Daniels due to the balanced combination of financial theory, real-world application, and the depth of advanced financial topics offered. Although there are various tracks, with suggested courses, ultimately the student has the ability to select courses that will yield the greatest utility for their career plans.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Colorado School of Mines, B.S. Geophysics and Geophysical Engineering


Hometown:
Leadville, Colorado


Hobbies:
I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. I also like exploring new places, restaurants, coffee shops, and whatever else seems intriguing.


Bucket List Item:
At some point, I plan to complete Nolan's 14.


Fun Fact:
I have completed the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run twice.


Post Grad School Goal:
I look to develop successful and innovative investment/hedging strategies to facilitate sustainable growth.

Marie Mason
Marie Mason
MS Marketing Candidate

Marie Mason—MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels because I received a very personalized tour and a personal conversation with the Program Director of the Marketing department, Dr. Johnson. I also enjoyed hearing from real students during my visit to campus.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Rhodes College, Bachelor of Arts in Business and Commerce, International Concentration, 2013


Hometown:
Oklahoma City, OK


Hobbies:
Skiing, cooking, and being outside.


Bucket List Item:
Go to all seven continents.


Fun Fact:
I have been skydiving and helicopter skiing.


Post Grad School Goal:
To begin a career in advertising or work within a corporation for strategic planning or brand management.

Emily Masters
Emily Masters
Denver MBA Candidate

Emily Masters—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
My business school search focused on the Denver area, and while I applied to all the major programs in the area, Daniels stood out for many reasons. The redesigned Denver MBA curriculum sounded like the career ‘reboot’ I was looking for- I knew I would get hands-on application of classroom concepts through the Challenges. Additionally, Daniels’ strong connections in the Denver business community highly appealed to me, as I am looking to build my network and ties to this area. With start-ups popping up all over the city, it’s an exciting time to be in Denver and to be at Daniels!


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN; Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Minor in Hispanic Studies.


Hometown:
Littleton, CO (but I had been living in Minnesota for nearly 10 years prior to starting at Daniels!)


Hobbies:
Singing, speaking Spanish, playing piano, baking bread and playing trivia.


Bucket List Item:
Cook my way through my grandmother’s recipe book… and cross the border of Argentina & Brazil at Iguazu Falls.


Fun Fact:
At 5’2” (on a good day) I’m the second tallest in my family of 4! I also spent a month traveling in Mexico prior to starting this program.


Post Grad School Goal:
Try out a completely new career! I’d like to apply my background in HR to a new function and industry.

Adam Mikulis
Adam Mikulis
Professional MBA Candidate

Adam Mikulis—Professional MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
Initially the ranking of "Most Innovative" MBA program drew me in, and when I read more about Daniels I loved that it has taught business ethics since the beginning. After visiting some classes, I was very impressed by the teachers and the motivation/passion of all of the students.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
United States Air Force Academy


Hometown:
Columbia, MD


Hobbies:
Stock market trading, photography, skydiving, rock climbing (indoor bouldering and outdoor sport climbing), backpacking and camping with my dog, skiing/snowboarding, guitar, going to concerts/plays/musicals, building computers/coding.


Bucket List Item:
Space.


Fun Fact:
I have been to 14 countries and 40 states.


Post Grad School Goal:
My goals are constantly changing, but currently they are to start my own business, get a second master's degree (MS Applied Quantitative Finance), and become an adjunct professor at DU.

Josh Oakley
Josh Oakley
Denver MBA Candidate

Josh Oakley—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
The opportunity to change careers and develop new skills. Daniels has provided me with the opportunity to not only grow my business acumen, but also grow myself in countless ways.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
United States Air Force Academy, BS-Biology


Hometown:
Littleton, CO


Hobbies:
Mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing, rock climbing, and wood working.


Bucket List Item:
Climb the Seven Summits (2 of 7 complete).


Fun Fact:
In summer 2015, I summited Denali in Alaska, which is North America’s highest peak.


Post Grad School Goal:
Get a great job I love going to everyday.

Joe Parker
Joseph Parker
MS Real Estate and the Built Environment Candidate

Joe Parker—MS Real Estate and the Built Environment

Why Daniels?
Excellent connections in the Denver area, a top business school and tremendous on-campus resources. Having the mountains on your doorstep is a nice bonus too.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Denver, English Literature, Education


Hometown:
Leeds, England


Hobbies:
Rugby, skiing, reading and writing.


Bucket List Item:
Ride a motorcycle from London to Cape Town.


Fun Fact:
I was a former ski instructor in Hokkaido, Japan.


Post Grad School Goal:
Assessing my options, but considering a career in real estate brokerage.

Lisa Pfaffinger
Lisa Pfaffinger
Master of Accountancy Candidate

Lisa Pfaffinger—Master of Accountancy Candidate

Why Daniels?
When I visited, I could tell that Daniels is a very prominent part of DU and is very well respected in the community and could help me line up a job for after graduation. Additionally, there are so many ways for students to be involved with the school that I knew I'd make friends and have a great time.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
BS in Accounting from Westminster College (SLC)


Hometown:
Houston, TX


Hobbies:
Traveling, skiing, hiking and fly fishing.


Bucket List Item:
Ski the Swiss Alps.


Fun Fact:
My siblings and I all grew up in Houston (where it is hot and flat!) but now, three of us have moved to Colorado since we all love to ski.


Post Grad School Goal:
Work in international tax for one of the Big 4.

Sofia Ponte
Sofia Ponte
Denver MBA Candidate

Sofia Ponte—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
Small class sizes make for an intimate learning environment. I was also attracted to the challenge-based learning model because we get to interact with the business community from day one. I also didn’t want to leave Denver.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Colorado-Boulder. B.A. in Environmental Studies, Minor in Economics.


Hometown:
Bethesda, MD


Hobbies:
Cooking, live music, skiing, hiking.


Bucket List Item:
Conquer my fear of heights.


Fun Fact:
I’ve never broken a bone in my body.


Post Grad School Goal:
To live in a tropical place for 6 months.

Gianna Ricotta
Gianna Ricotta
Professional MBA Candidate

Gianna Ricotta—Professional MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I pursued a minor in Business and Economics during undergrad and always planned to explore that area more with an MBA. After a few years working in the field in Texas, I decided I wanted to head back to Colorado for my MBA. I originally applied to the University of Denver because of Daniels’ reputation, but ultimately chose the school because of the cohort system and commitment to values-based leadership.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Colorado School of Mines, Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, 2011


Hometown:
Colorado Springs, CO


Hobbies:
Crossfit, snowboarding, brewing and volleyball.


Bucket List Item:
Go to New Zealand to do the Middle Earth Tour, and go to London to tour the Warner Bros. Harry Potter set.


Fun Fact:
I played varsity volleyball at the Colorado School of Mines, and I worked on an oil and gas offshore production platform.


Post Grad School Goal:
I want to move into a product line management role where I would oversee projects from R&D to field implementation and connect innovative technology with real world business solutions.

Rob Roybal
Rob Roybal
Denver MBA Candidate

Rob Roybal—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
Daniels was an ideal fit for me for a number of reasons. The challenging curriculum and strength of the programs at Daniels drew me to the College. The city of Denver was also a natural choice for me, as I am finally home, but Denver is a great choice…for anyone. Being in a business program in such a vibrant and flourishing city is hugely advantageous.


Undergraduate Institution:
Loyola University – Chicago, BA in Political Science


Hometown:
Denver, CO


Hobbies:
Live music, snowboarding, wakeboarding, museums.


Bucket List Item:
Visit all seven continents (Australia and Antarctica are the only two left) or see the northern lights.


Fun Fact:
I taught myself how to play guitar, bass and piano.


Post Grad School Goal:
I hope to find a position within the corporate finance world, right here in Denver.

Cassi Sattazahn
Cassi Sattazahn
MS Management Candidate

Cassi Sattazahn—MS Management Candidate

Why Daniels?
As a Denver native, I grew up knowing that the University of Denver had an excellent reputation. After some years of experience in the workforce, I found my interests lay in business and management. My dream school was Daniels and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work through this program to obtain my degree.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
College of Wooster, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 2007


Hometown:
Denver, CO


Hobbies:
Hiking, camping and traveling


Bucket List Item:
I'd like to road trip to California and drive up the Pacific Coast Highway.


Fun Fact:
Rocky Mountain National Park is my favorite place to hike.


Post Grad School Goal:
To bring value to an organization that works to serve others.

John Sitterly
John Sitterly
Denver MBA Candidate

John Sitterly—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
Coming from the working world, I readily saw the value in the Denver MBA's focus on experiential learning and was excited about the about the wealth of knowledge that each core challenge would bring. In addition, every interaction that I had with the school while exploring a degree was incredibly positive, supportive and encouraging. Everyone does a wonderful job showcasing the benefits of the DU community and inspiring you to want to get involved. Overall, I knew that Daniels was an environment that I saw myself being successful in.


Undergraduate Institution:
University of Colorado at Boulder, Operations Management.


Hometown:
Spring Valley, IL


Hobbies:
Playing guitar, playing volleyball, biking, hiking, traveling and beer.


Bucket List Item:
Road tripping in New Zealand.


Fun Fact:
Snowboarder turned skier.


Post Grad School Goal:
Start my own business.

TJ Slattery
TJ Slattery
Denver MBA Candidate

TJ Slattery—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
There are a lot of reasons I chose to come to DU for grad school. Namely, Denver is my hometown and I am very glad to be planted firmly back in it. However, while I had a lot of options for schools in Colorado and around the country, Daniels had a different mentality about how to interact with your peers. While many university programs fostered the atmosphere of competing with your peers, Daniels encourages us to network with them. An infinitely more positive view on how MBAs should be orchestrated, and undoubtedly a much more useful tool in the workforce.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Miami University of Ohio, Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Business Management, with a focus on International Business, 2010


Hometown:
Denver, CO


Hobbies:
Guitar, beer, raising a puppy, gardening, snowboarding, horseback riding, and gun shooting.


Bucket List Item:
Design my own beer recipe.


Fun Fact:
I used to live in England.


Post Grad School Goal:
Build a successful brewery.

Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith
MS Business Analytics Candidate

Theresa Smith—MS Business Analytics Candidate

Why Daniels?
I was looking for business analytics programs nested within business schools. I started my application to Daniels before I had made any choices and the combination of personal contact with the recruitment team and the option to start in Spring 2016 was why I decided to attend.


Undergraduate Institution:
University of Guelph Environmental Engineering


Hometown:
Calgary, AB


Hobbies:
Reading, anime, travel and swimming.


Bucket List Item:
Visit the Great Barrier Reef.


Fun Fact:
I spent a year working in New Zealand.


Post Grad School Goal:
Obtain the skills to be employed in the business analytics program.

Mary Swenson
Mary Swenson
Professional MBA Candidate

Mary Swenson—Professional MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I choose to attend Daniels because of the focus on ethical leadership and community involvement. The Professional MBA schedule allows me to take classes in-person with a cohort of classmates that I will stay with for the entire program.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Philosophy and English Literature.


Hometown:
Madison, WI


Hobbies:
Hiking, exploring Denver and spending time with friends & family.


Bucket List Item:
To be on The Amazing Race.


Fun Fact:
I love to travel!


Post Grad School Goal:
To be a leader who effectively educates and positively influences clients and employees with a goal of creating a healthy work environment and a strong community.

Alyssa Teuber
Alyssa Teuber
MS Marketing Candidate

Alyssa Teuber—MS Marketing Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose Daniels for the small class sizes, location, courses they offer, and the amazing network base the alumni creates. They have impactful values of ethical leadership and sustainability. The professors and student body I met prior to enrolling really took an interest in me and my goals. The MS in Marketing program at Daniels is very flexible and allowed me to create a program to my desired interest. As a graduate student I am able to specialize in the digital and analytical world of marketing.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Organizational and Innovative Management, 2012


Hometown:
Rapid City, SD


Hobbies:
I enjoy hot vinyasa yoga, hiking/14ers, running, cycling, snowshoeing, snowboarding, cooking, calligraphy, fashion blogging, and coding. On the weekends I love grabbing coffee at a unique coffee shop and walking the farmers market.


Bucket List Item:
Compete in a triathlon.


Fun Fact:
I studied abroad in London and Paris.


Post Grad School Goal:
To obtain a position in Digital Marketing Analytics.

Kenton Thornton
Kenton Thornton
Denver MBA Candidate

Kenton Thornton—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I chose to attend the Daniels College of Business due to the stellar reputation of the University of Denver as well as the plethora of educational and professional opportunities that will further my academic enrichment as an emerging professional. My background in hospitality led me to become very familiar with the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality and the emphasis the school places on preparing its students for senior management positions within the competitive hospitality industry. As a former General Manager for a high volume, high profile restaurant, I sought admittance to a program that would allow me to build on much of my previous success. In applying to Daniels I found faculty that helped me outline a curriculum that would balance my more recent career change in marketing, highlighting many transferable business skills that will be useful throughout the rest of my career.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, African American Studies, Marketing and Management, 2009


Hometown:
Dallas, TX


Hobbies:
Photography, fitness, and culinary arts.


Bucket List Item:
Skydiving.


Fun Fact:
I was a Disc Jockey for a campus radio station in Undergrad.


Post Grad School Goal:
I would like to develop multinational brands within the Food and Beverage Industry.

Domonique Tucker
Domonique Tucker
MS Management Candidate

Domonique Tucker—MS Management Candidate

Why Daniels? The support from faculty, students and alumni. Also, I like that the programs are ethics-based.


Undergraduate Institution & Degree:
Arizona State University; BS in Communication


Hometown:
Denver, CO


Hobbies:
Hiking, music, family and watching documentaries.


Bucket List Item:
Visit Greece, change the world.


Fun Fact:
I lived in California and modeled for major companies such as Clairol.


Post Grad School Goal:
Entrepreneur, consulting.

Alexander Uhls
Alexander Uhls
Denver MBA Candidate

Alexander Uhls—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
Having worked for three years in Latin America I was looking for a program that had a reputable international focus. I was impressed by the various trips abroad and the globalization focus here at Daniels. Additionally, I felt that Daniels emphasized values-based leadership in a more authentic way than other programs. All this and my love for the outdoors and skiing made Daniels an easy choice!


Undergraduate Institution:
University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Spanish, 2011


Hometown:
Boulder, CO


Hobbies:
Skiing, hiking, playing baseball, drinking wine and traveling.


Bucket List Item:
Travel across Russia.


Fun Fact:
Prior to the start of my MBA program, I spent three years working in Argentina.


Post Grad School Goal:
I would like to start my own company.

Alex Wolf
Alex Wolf
Denver MBA Candidate

Alex Wolf—Denver MBA Candidate

Why Daniels?
I love Colorado and knew I wanted to stay here, so it didn't make sense to me to build a network anywhere else. When I looked at schools within Colorado, Daniels stood out for its individual attention and experiential learning model. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn." - Ben Franklin.


Undergraduate Institution:
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering 2007


Hometown:
Evansville, IN


Hobbies:
Travel, watching football (Colts & Broncos), running, and playing with Bronson (he's my dog).


Bucket List Item:
I hope to one day get stuck on an elevator with strangers.


Fun Fact:
I spent time preparing dinosaur fossils before starting at Daniels.


Post Grad School Goal:
Get a baller backyard for Bronson.

Hongyue (Bonnie) Yao
Hongyue (Bonnie) Yao
MS Applied Quantitative Finance Candidate

Hongyue (Bonnie) Yao—MS Applied Quantitative Finance Candidate

Why Daniels?
Because Daniels offers an awesome program that covers information needed for the CFA exams, which will be really helpful for my future career. Also, people in Denver are really nice.


Undergraduate Institution:
University of Nebraska at Kearney. Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance


Hometown:
Lanzhou, China


Hobbies:
Playing the Chinese traditional instrument- Pipa; hiking and swimming.


Bucket List Item:
Travel to the South Pole in Antarctica.


Fun Fact:
A smile is always on my face!


Post Grad School Goal:
Pass the CFA exams and earn a full-time job right after graduation.


Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Graduate Admissions Manager
Camila Angelim
Direct: +1 303.871.4194
General: +1 303.871.3416

Curriculum Questions

Associate Professor and Chair
Marketing Department
Carol Johnson

Learn more about the Department of Marketing