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Core Priority #4 – Curricular and Programmatic Innovation: It’s about more than a degree. It’s about 360-degree readiness

DU IMPACT 2025 defined how critical and creative thinking are vital in the 21st century business world. In an evolving marketplace, new challenges arise by the moment. There isn’t a guidebook—only ingenuity. We give our graduates the intellectual flexibility to adapt. To take tough problems apart and reconstruct them as opportunities. They can adapt to new careers, or adapt their careers to fresh possibilities. Being ready for anything: that’s what puts our graduates at the top of recruiters’ lists.

Daniels’ programmatic portfolio will always uphold the DU tradition of a rigorous, stimulating and holistic academic experience. The center of gravity will be the marketplace—not the classroom. We will activate these principles through real-world challenges. By melding classroom with boardroom, we turn learning into
action-based experiences.

Our legacy of faculty engagement continues to champion each student’s individual development. Mentoring and coaching builds confidence and emotional intelligence, helping students find their footing as problem-solvers and leaders. We integrate traditional pedagogy with the latest technologies—because today, market-ready also means technology-adroit.
And just as the business world is in a constant state of change, Daniels continues to evolve and adapt in kind. We continuously assess the quality and relevance of our programs to ensure they stay true to our vision and core priorities. New programs, degree and non-degree, will align with the needs and expectations of the global marketplace, anchored by deeply personalized development. We define this, the difference between a degree and 360-degree market readiness as The Daniels Difference.

“It’s a changing world. We need a game-changing learning model.”

The New Master’s in Finance: More than Learning by the Numbers

In spring 2016, the Reiman School of Finance unveiled a customizable new Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance. This rigorous program integrates the concepts of quantitative finance and big data. Designed in collaboration with the Department of Business Information and Analytics, this program exemplifies hands-on learning. In the Portfolio Management class, students use industry datasets and analytical tools to manage the Reiman Fund, a long-only, mid-capitalization stock portfolio. This program has received the rare honor of STEM designation by the Department of Homeland Security. It sets Daniels apart as one of the few colleges in the country to deliver STEM-certified graduates—yet another way we meet marketplace demand.

The Reinvented Denver MBA:
“A beautifully and deliberately choreographed learning experience.”

Great leaders share one passion: to be true game-changers. The reinvented Denver MBA makes this passion a reality. In fact, it’s been described as a “beautifully, and deliberately choreographed learning experience.” Four challenges serve up the cornerstones of the Daniels Difference. The program is also market-based: Denver MBAs use a Business Canvas Model to grow their powers of creativity, innovation and foresight. Most importantly, our Denver MBA incorporates intensive coaching and mentoring, enabling each student to develop a refined and authentic self-narrative.

The Denver MBA serves as the standard for the College’s graduate and undergraduate education. Each and every Daniels program delivers a comprehensive intellectual, professional and personal development experience; the Denver MBA is just the beginning. But what a way to get started!

Learning Has Never Been More Personal or Meaningful.

Challenge-driven education gives Daniels students the skills and aptitudes that matter most to corporations, entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Throughout the entire 20 months of the Denver MBA program, students work on actual business problems. But leadership isn’t created in a vacuum. Students need feedback and motivation to grow most from their experience. With the Denver MBA, each student has a Personal Growth Agenda. They are counseled as they work hand-in-hand with business leaders, and guided and mentored by faculty. They even have an on-call coach, just like executives in the corporate world. Highly personalized development is the key to emotional and intellectual growth as a leader.

The Denver MBA serves as the standard for the College’s graduate and undergraduate education. Each and every Daniels program delivers a comprehensive intellectual, professional and personal development experience; the Denver MBA is just the beginning. But what a way to get started!