The Denver MBA

In our full-time program, you’ll learn critical business skills by taking on 4 real-world challenges for corporate and nonprofit partners in Denver and around the globe.

Entrepreneurship Challenge

Social Challenge

Corporate Challenge

Global Challenge

Denver MBA Program Snapshot

Academic Term

10-week quarters, divided into 5-week modules that integrate classes and immersive business challenges

Entry Points

Fall quarter (September)

Program Length

21 months



Business Analytics
Real Estate and the Built Environment
Customized concentrations
Graduate Certificate in Global Business and Corporate Social Responsibility

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Peipei Gong

Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

Reach out to Peipei with any questions you have about the Denver MBA or the admissions process.

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Denver MBA Program Tuition

Base tuition (2024-2025): $98,880   |   Scholarships available up to full tuition*

* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact or 303-871-3416 for more information.

We changed the game. And it will change your life.

Top corporate recruiters are desperate for skills many traditional MBA programs can’t deliver. There’s an urgent need for high performers. Strong communicators. Creative thinkers who can adapt to a changing world. Developing these skills requires something different. Something revolutionary.

To meet these needs, the Denver MBA focuses on core business challenges, not just core business courses. As you tackle a new challenge each quarter, you’ll be immersed in the real world, working with real businesses. Along the way, you’ll build a powerful network and receive the customized leadership development needed to accelerate your career and change your life. We send you to the top of recruiters’ lists, ready for anything.

Hear from a student why they chose the Denver MBA at Daniels.

Program Highlights

  • Every student gets customized, ongoing one-on-one and team coaching throughout the program.
  • Small class sizes mean you get highly personalized instruction.
  • Tuition includes a trip abroad to work with an international organization on one of its business problems.
  • Significant scholarships are available to accepted students, including a 50% scholarship for Colorado residents who meet the requirements of this award.  More than 80% of students receive scholarships.
  • We’re ranked the top full-time MBA in Colorado by Bloomberg Businessweek (2022–2023).
  • We’re ranked No. 10 for Best Green MBA by the Princeton Review (2023).

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Groundbreaking lessons get real.

Four challenges. One internship. A lifetime of leadership power.

Apply design-thinking frameworks to entrepreneurial problems. Get resourceful for a budget-strapped nonprofit. Work with local corporations to solve problems and implement strategic solutions. You’ll even travel across the globe to take on a major business concern. With each challenge, individual and team coaching will help prepare you for your career.

Denver MBA graduates are proven performers. You’re tasked with solving real-world challenges long before you graduate.

The Denver MBA Model: Yielding An Advantage In The Job Market

Nichole Snyder

Nichole Snyder

Director, Talent and Organizational Development, Charles Schwab

“The big breakthrough is the elevation and intensification of leadership and professional development. You have an entire program built around assessment and constant improvement. This produces a sharper sense of self-awareness so students develop emotional intelligence and a capacity to learn and grow. Those are the hardest things to find in hiring, and it’s not only me saying that but the vast majority of top employers.”

Teresa Kostenbauer

Teresa Kostenbauer

Senior Manager, University Relations, Arrow Electronics

“As students progress through the four core challenges, they’ll clearly develop ever-stronger capabilities for collaboration, teamwork and other soft skills. They’ll also develop their ability to deal with ambiguous situations, which is probably the single most important skill for survival and advancement in business. It’s the combination of smarts and skills and development over time that produces great performance, and that’s exactly how this program is structured.”

How to Apply to the Denver MBA

We welcome applicants from all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. Qualified DMBA candidates must have at least 2 years of work experience. To apply, you must submit:

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional resume
  • Essays
  • $100 application fee

GMAT or GRE scores are optional. If you determine that your application will be stronger with GMAT or GRE scores, please submit them when you apply.

All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional application is needed.

Visit our graduate admissions page for more information about application requirements.

FAQs for the Denver MBA

What types of consulting projects do students do in the challenges?

In the Denver MBA you’ll learn through four group challenges: entrepreneurship, social good, corporate and global.

In the entrepreneurship challenge you’ll create your own start-up, creating a pitch deck and crafting your pitch. In the process you’ll learn about start-up funding, financing, and marketing approaches and examine start-up and entrepreneurship business case studies.

The projects you’ll do in the social good, corporate and global challenges can vary across a broad range of industries and business problems. You’ll partner with real-world organizations, and you may work on topics like operational challenges, talent recruitment and retention, market entry, product development, supply chain optimization and more.

What industry or academic background do most students have when they join the program?

Denver MBA candidates come from a wide array of educational and professional backgrounds. There’s no requirement for formal business education or knowledge of a particular industry.

What does a weekly schedule look like for a full-time MBA student?

Classes are held Monday-Thursday late morning through early evening, with some Fridays for leadership development.

Have other questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 303-871-3416.

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Our graduate student ambassadors are happy to share their personal experiences about Daniels and Denver with you. Feel free to email an ambassador with your questions or to arrange a time to come to the beautiful University of Denver campus and meet them.

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