Redesigned program will now be organized around a series of “challenges”

July 01, 2016

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The University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business has announced that it has redesigned its MBA program.

In the newly redesigned MBA, the curriculum will be organized around a series of “challenges,” rather than traditional classes.

Students will complete four challenges during the course of the MBA, each addressing a real-world business problem in a particular thematic area. For example, in the “Social Good Challenge,” students will need to demonstrate measurable progress on a social improvement initiative. 

Other challenges will address themes in entrepreneurship, international business, and working in complex organizations. 

The program will also include six electives, four of which will comprise a concentration. Students can choose from concentrations in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, and Real Estate and the Built Environment. Students will also have the opportunity to customize their own concentration with the guidance of MBA program staff.

In recent years, some business schools have begun to move away from the traditional course-based MBA program, instead delivering curriculum through more integrated means. Last year, for instance, the Netherlands’ Nyenrode Business School announced that instead of delivering its MBA through a series of individual classes, it would instead base the curriculum around what it calls “integrated business practices.”

Likewise, a 2014 redesign of Oxford – Said’s MBA program clustered its curriculum around integrative modules, each addressing different business themes.

To apply for the University of Denver’s redesigned MBA, the school recommends that potential candidates have at least two years of work experience. Although no minimum GMAT score is required, the school suggests that those who score under 550 re-take the test. Applicants can also submit a GRE score instead of a GMAT score.

For more information, please see Denver – Daniels’ MBA webpage.