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The Daniels College of Business has four MBA offerings

Editors note: Due to COVID-19, each program has had to make adjustments. Visit the program websites and talk with an admissions advisor to get specific details. 

No matter what MBA program you select at the Daniels College of Business, you’ll get individualized access to faculty, staff and alumni.

“We’re small by design,” said MBA Academic Director Dan Baack. “You have accessibility to faculty and the faculty and staff have deep ties to alumni. Those connections help our students land jobs.”

Daniels has more than 39,000 alumni, many of whom are eager meet and help fellow graduates. Daniels also has deep connections in the business community, setting up hundreds of touch points for Daniels students each year.

The Options

The Daniels College of Business offers four distinct MBA choices: the Denver MBA, the Executive MBA, the Professional MBA and the MBA@Denver. While every program will be a mix of business acumen and leadership learning, they each have distinct differences.

The Denver MBA is the full-time program, where students take on four challenges over the 21-month period. During each quarter the classwork is tied into the challenge students will undertake, so you’re taking what you’ve learned and putting it into practice right away.

The challenges include:

One of the highlights of the Denver MBA is the focus on personal development. Students begin the program with a 360 profile and the assistance of an executive coach.

“A real hallmark of our program is how our leadership and person development primes students for their career,” said Baack. “We talk about creative and reactive strategies. You can really answer the ‘what’s your weakness’ question and answer it in a way that’s really authentic.”

The Executive MBA is an accelerated program for people with more than 10 years of professional work experience. The work experience is essential because students gain course work, challenges and leadership training in just 18 months while they meet one time each week.

One of the hallmarks of this program is the leadership training students get while sailing. The four-day trip is a pivotal moment of learning for the cohort.

The cohort model is a real asset to this program, as it allows top professionals to develop deep relationships with their peers in other fields. Just like the Denver MBA, the program ends with a Global Challenge.

The Professional MBA is a part-time program for working professionals. Because less professional work is required, students take course work and tackle challenges in 21-months. Students meet twice a week for class.

Their experience begins with Leading at the Edge, which is a 3-day leadership experience in the mountains of Colorado. While the curriculum is slightly different from the Denver MBA, you also receive a foundation in leadership, an experience launching a business, a chance to help in the nonprofit world and a global experience.

The MBA@Denver is Daniels’ newest MBA choice. The program is mostly online, except for two required immersions. You can complete your self-paced coursework on your own schedule and connect with your classmates through weekly 90-minute live on-screen sessions. This is an excellent option for those who don’t live in Colorado, or can’t make the commute to the DU campus.

Just like our in-person programs, the MBA@Denver offers students a mix of business acumen with real-world experiences and leadership training. Online students have access to the same resources as other students including, career coaching, academic resources, mentorship programs, student gatherings and more.

Students are offered a variety of choices for their immersion experience. In recent years, students have selected visits to DU’s campus, New York, Seattle, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Singapore and other locations.

No matter which program you choose, our faculty and career services professionals work hard to help you succeed in your career. The program has been successful with placing people at companies like Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Discover and many, many more.

Opportunities Available during the Program

While the Master of Business Administration program will provide you with all the skills and tools necessary to advance your career, there are plenty of extracurricular activities available while you are studying at the University of Denver.

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to attend Networking Nights, the Voices of Experience speaker series, the Daniels Seminar Series, and a variety of other seminars and educational events. In addition, Daniels offers several case competitions where student compete to win significant cash prizes. These events are perfect for meeting your peers as well as industry experts.

There are a number of graduate groups that current students can join. These groups help build a sense of community as well as focus on developing specific skills. There is a group for everyone, regardless of your interests.

A Community Approach

By enrolling in one of the Daniels College of Business MBA programs, you are going to learn everything necessary to find a rewarding career. While the courses are demanding and the work challenging, you will have support and assistance every step of the way.

Whether you need help from your peers or you want some guidance from faculty and staff, there are always opportunities for you to overcome the challenges you face. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals and earn your MBA before you know