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What is the Daniels Difference?

A new model for a new world.

In today’s high-velocity marketplace, corporate employers want job candidates who can demonstrate proven performance, and capacity in skills that make or break job effectiveness—like communication, team work and problem-solving. Organizations want leaders who are creative and know how to act on ideas and analysis.

In response to the marketplace and industry needs, the Daniels College of Business created the Daniels Difference, a groundbreaking model of management education that shakes off the notion that the classroom is the center of our universe. Unlike the action-based learning approach touted by other institutions, the Daniels Difference isn’t a set of isolated experiences—it’s a cumulative, highly integrated, developmental process that produces high-impact graduates armed with new ways of thinking and working for today’s new world.

The three tiers that make up the Daniels Difference

Challenge-Driven Education

Take on real-world business challenges via action-based learning.


Hit the ground running, armed with knowledge and tools from programs that directly align with marketplace expectations and opportunities.

Leadership & Legacy

Find your greatness at Daniels, where we have more than 100 years of business leadership development.