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the denver mba

Our intensive, full-time 21-month program is based on challenge-driven education. That means you’ll create a startup company, incubate a social good project, and solve business issues for international and domestic corporate partners—all while getting an extraordinary in-classroom business education.

  • 100% job placement rate 6 months after graduation*
  • Significant merit scholarships for highly qualified candidates, including for Colorado residents
* Class of 2019

Denver MBA Program Snapshot

Academic Term

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

Fall quarter (September)

Program Length

21 months

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Concentrations

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

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Denver MBA Program Tuition

Base tuition (2022–2023): $96,000   |   Scholarships available up to full tuition*

* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact daniels@du.edu 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.

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.
  • More than 80% of students receive scholarships.
  • We’re ranked the top full-time MBA in Colorado by Bloomberg Businessweek (2022–2023).
  • We were ranked No. 2 for Best Green MBA by the Princeton Review (2020).

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Alumna Profile

Jacqui Taljaard, MBA 2018

Jacqui Taljaard, MBA 2018

Marketing Coordinator and Account Manager, Premium Incentive Sales

“My time at Daniels gave me a better understanding of how I show up in the workplace… It has also filled the holes I felt were preventing my career progression.”

 

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Forbes ranks Denver #4 in the U.S. for business and careers.

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

“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

“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

The DMBA welcomes applicants from all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. Join students who come to Daniels from across the U.S. and around the world for a rigorous business education.

Qualified DMBA candidates must have at least 2 years of work experience. See the Graduate Admissions page for deadlines and application requirements for all graduate programs.

GMAT or GRE scores are optional. Visit our Graduate Admissions page for more information.

Connect With a Student

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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FAQs for the Denver MBA

What types of consulting projects do we 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.

Is an MBA a master’s degree?

An MBA is a Master of Business Administration degree. It’s a graduate-level master’s degree widely recognized across the business world.

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

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