Daniels College of Business ranks No. 65 in the nation on 2021–22 Bloomberg Businessweek list of Best Full-Time MBA Programs in the U.S.

Bloomberg Businessweek published its list of the best full-time MBA programs in the U.S. Sept. 15. The Denver MBA at University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business ranks No. 65 on the list, climbing 18 spots from No. 83 last year. It also ranks No. 35 for diversity. Daniels is the highest-ranked business school in Colorado on the list.

“We are pleased to see that Daniels’ ranking on Bloomberg Businessweek’s best full-time MBA programs list rose to No. 65 in 2021, confirming our graduates’ successful outcomes in our Denver MBA program,” says Daniels Dean Vivek Choudhury. “We look forward to continuing to improve and innovate to provide our MBA students with the experience and skills they need for success in the business world.”  

The Denver MBA is very different from traditional full-time MBA programs. Students compete in four challenges in tandem with rigorous, integrated-learning modules that allow them to test and refine their skills in real business settings. The challenges entail building a startup, supporting an organization working for the social good, solving a corporate problem and traveling outside the U.S. to work for a global organization.

Throughout each challenge, students also build professional competencies such as leadership, teamwork and storytelling. They meet with executive coaches to help them understand themselves better and to improve their leadership abilities.

“Daniels is known for our challenge-driven education and real-world preparation throughout each of our programs,” Dean Choudhury says. “Additionally, Denver MBA students receive incomparable teaching, training and support so they’re prepared for the workforce at graduation, and for the careers they’ll have in the future.”

The report, “2021–22 Best B-Schools Ranking,” uses a methodology that includes four main metrics: an employer survey, an alumni survey, a student survey and compensation data. Schools are scored in five areas: compensation, learning, networking, entrepreneurship and diversity. The diversity index is new this year, and rates schools on race, ethnicity and gender in their classes.

The Bloomberg report is based on 19,955 surveys from students, alumni and recruiters, as well as compensation, employment and diversity data from each school. Visit the Bloomberg website for a complete list of the rankings and the full methodology.