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Applying to the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business

Daniels’ programs are designed to prepare you for a lifetime of personal and professional success. We’ve assembled extraordinary resources to deliver on that mission: challenge-driven education, business-savvy faculty and a vibrant network of alumni.

At Daniels, we offer 4 MBAs and 7 specialized master’s degrees, tailored to different experience levels, specialties and career aspirations. If you have questions, contact our Admissions office at 303.871.4212.

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Program Start Dates

Programs with Fall start dates begin in September. Spring start dates begin in March.

  • The Denver MBA (full-time): Fall
  • Part-time Professional MBA: Fall and Spring
  • Executive MBA: Fall and Spring
  • MBA@Denver (online): January, March, June and September
  • Master of Accountancy: Fall and Spring
  • Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance: Fall and Spring
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics: Fall and Spring
  • Master of Science in Digital Leadership: Fall and Spring
  • Master of Science in Management: Fall
  • Master of Science in Marketing: Fall
  • Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment: Fall and Spring

Application Deadlines for Master’s Programs

We encourage applicants to submit a strong, completed application as early as possible to secure a place in our programs. Once we’ve received your online application, required materials and application fee, we may extend an offer to complete a required admissions interview. Our goal is a smooth and responsive admissions process, and candidates should expect an admissions decision within 2–3 weeks of completing their interviews.

 Upcoming Deadline for Spring Quarter 2023

December 5, 2022
Next deadline: February 1, 2023

 

 Upcoming Deadline for Fall Quarter 2023

February 1, 2023
Next deadline: March 15, 2023

 

Scholarship consideration

Candidates that indicate interest in merit-based awards in the application are automatically considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships at the time of admission. There is no separate application.

Graduate Certificates, PhD and continuing education

Daniels Graduate Certificates and the Executive PhD program have separate application processes and different deadlines than the master’s programs. Also, students can take up to 6 graduate courses without being admitted to a degree program.

Application Process

MBA Degrees

Requirements
Denver MBA (full-time)
Professional MBA (part-time)
Executive MBA (part-time)
MBA@Denver (online) 
Transcripts
Required
Required
Required
Required
GMAT or GRE (GRE Code for All Programs: 4842)

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-43

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-07

Test waived

 

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-91

Essays
Required
Required
Required
Required
Work Experience
Required 2 years of professional work experience (3 years is preferred)
Required 2 years of professional work experience (3 years is preferred)
Required Minimum of 10 years of professional work experience
Required 2 years of professional work experience (3 years is preferred)  
Professional Resume
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (no page limit)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Recommendations
Not Required
Not Required
Required (2 professional references)
Required (2 professional references)
Admissions Interview
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
Not required
Application Fee
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)

Specialized Master’s Degrees (Part 1)

Requirements
Master of Accountancy
MS Applied Quantitative Finance
MS Business Analytics
MS Digital Leadership
Transcripts
Required
Required
Required
Required
GMAT or GRE (GRE Code for All Programs: 4842)

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-82

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-04

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-47

Optional*

GMAT code: TBD

Essays
Required
Required
Required
Required
Work Experience
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Required 2 years of professional work experience (3 years is preferred)
Professional Resume
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Recommendations
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Admissions Interview
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
Application Fee
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)

Specialized Master’s Degrees (Part 2)

Requirements
MS Management
MS Marketing
MS Real Estate
Transcripts
Required
Required
Required
GMAT or GRE (GRE Code for All Programs: 4842)

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-31

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-65

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-58

Essays
Required
Required
Required
Work Experience
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Professional Resume
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
Recommendations
Not Required
Not Required
Not Required
Admissions Interview
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
Application Fee
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)
$100 (non-refundable)

*The Daniels College of Business is a GMAT/GRE-optional institution. If you determine that your application will be stronger with GMAT or GRE scores, please submit them when you apply. Learn more

Additional Application Information and Resources

Transcripts

We require either a scanned copy or a downloaded version of your transcripts in PDF format from every college or university where you have attempted or received college credit. Transcripts must include:

  • Student name
  • Institution name
  • Dates of attendance
  • Course names, numbers, credits, grades received for courses taken
  • Degree title and conferral date, if a degree has been earned

Applicants may submit unofficial or official documents for review; however, accepted candidates must submit official documents to complete their student records.

Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit proof of the degree earned (for example, a diploma or certificate). If a transcript and/or proof of degree is not issued by an institution in English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation. For candidates educated in India, we require individual mark sheets.

GMAT/GRE

The Daniels College of Business is a GMAT/GRE-optional institution, meaning each candidate must determine whether one of these exams will support their candidacy and merit. 

Daniels takes a holistic approach to reviewing every application. We examine your resumes, essays and transcripts to discern the narrative of where you have been, where you are and where you want to be. If you feel that GMAT or GRE scores will support your candidacy, we encourage you to include them with your application.

Essays

Essays are assessed for clarity, organization, conciseness and grammar. Through the essays, you can communicate what you hope to achieve at Daniels and how you will contribute to the Daniels community. Take advantage of the third optional open-topic essay to let us know what sets you apart from other applicants.

Essay Prompts

Essay 1 (required): Briefly discuss your career objectives post-graduate school. How will your professional experience, combined with our degree program, help you to achieve these goals? What are your alternative career paths? (350 words)

Essay 2 (required): Please address one or more of the Daniels College of Business’s core values (listed below). How you choose to address one of these concepts is completely up to you. You might leverage your personal experiences, explore your goals through one of these themes or expand upon your individual focus for your graduate student experience.

Daniels values:
• Culture of innovation and engagement
• Learn through doing
• Interact with integrity
• Diversity and inclusion as a source of strength
• Global action and influence

Essay 3 (optional): Is there anything else that we should know as we evaluate your application? If you feel your credentials and essays represent you fairly, please don’t feel obligated to submit another essay. (250 words)

Executive MBA Essay Prompts

Essay 1 (required): Briefly discuss your career objectives post-graduate school. How will your professional experience, combined with our degree program, help you to achieve these goals? What are your alternative career paths? (350 words)

Essay 2 (required): Provide an example of an ethical dilemma you’ve encountered in your professional or personal life. Ethical dilemmas are often complex, and involve making decisions in an environment where no single solution exists. What factors did you consider, what action did you ultimately take, and what did you learn? (350-450 words)

Essay 3 (optional): Is there anything else that we should know as we evaluate your application? If you feel your credentials and essays represent you fairly, please don’t feel obligated to submit another essay. (250 words)

Work Experience

We don’t require work experience for specialized master’s degrees.

However, MBA degrees require a minimum of 2 years of full-time professional, military or volunteer work experience. The Executive MBA requires 10 years of work experience, with at least 8 in a progressively responsible management role. Though we don’t prefer any particular type of work experience, wo do consider the overall tenure and scope of your professional history, so please address any gaps in your resume or optional essay.

Professional Resume

We require a resume of all applicants to demonstrate your professional experience. For more information, see our sample resume templates.

Application Fee

Candidates are required to submit a $100 application fee.

As a way of honoring our valued community members and those who serve our country, past and present, we offer application fee waivers to the following individuals:

  • University of Denver alumni and current students
  • Current University of Denver employees
  • Current and former members of the U.S. military
  • Current and former members of Peace Corps
  • Current and former members of AmeriCorps
  • Current and former members of Teach for America
  • Current and former members of the McNair Scholars program
Pathway for Current Undergraduates

In recognition of academic achievement, the Master’s Academic Achievement Pathway (MAAP) offers current undergraduates who hold and maintain a cumulative 3.0+ GPA at a regionally accredited institution a path a customized path to a master’s degree. We will waive your application fee, and if you meet the MAAP criteria and are accepted to the master’s degree you apply to, you will receive a minimum $15,000 scholarship. Learn more about the MAAP process.

Enrollment Deposit

If you’re accepted into a Daniels program or specialized master’s degree (other than the MBA@Denver/online MBA), a $1,500 enrollment deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is nonrefundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

If you are accepted into the MBA@Denver online program, a $500 enrollment deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is nonrefundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

Daniels offers deposit reductions to University of Denver staff, faculty, current students and alumni, as well as current and former members of the U.S. military.

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