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

Our mission is to prepare you for a lifetime of personal and professional success. We’ve assembled extraordinary resources to deliver on that mission—challenge-driven education, world-class facilities and business-savvy faculty.

At Daniels, we offer a wide range of highly regarded business degrees and programs for graduate students, tailored to different experience levels, specialties and career aspirations. If you have questions, please contact our Admissions office at 303.871.3416.

Program Start Dates

March Start:

  • Part-time Professional MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment

September Start:

  • The Denver MBA (full-time)
  • Part-time Professional MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Marketing
  • Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment

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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.

Deadlines for Fall Quarter 2021

We will accept applications for Fall 2021 on a rolling basis through August 15, 2021, though we recommend candidates submit their applications as early as possible to support successful admissions, scholarship and orientation processes.

Deadlines for Spring Quarter 2022

Spring Quarter 2022 is currently open for eligible programs. 

Round 1—October 1, 2021
Round 2—December 5, 2021
Round 3—January 15, 2022

Applicants will be considered on the basis of available seats through March 15, 2022.

MBA@Denver (Online): The MBA@Denver online program offers four starts per year: January, March, June and September.

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 and PhD

Daniels Graduate Certificates and the Executive PhD program have separate application processes and different deadlines than the master’s programs.

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

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-62

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 Résumé
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)
By invitation only (on-campus or online)
Application Fee
Yes $100 (non-refundable)
Yes $100 (non-refundable)
Yes $100 (non-refundable)
Yes $100 (non-refundable)

Specialized Master’s Degrees

RequirementsMaster of AccountancyMS Applied Quantitative Finance

MS

Business Analytics

MS ManagementMS MarketingMS Real Estate
TranscriptsRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
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: MZR-GT-31

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-65

Optional*

GMAT code: MZR-GT-58

EssaysRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Work ExperienceNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Professional RésuméRequired (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)Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)Required (limit 2 pages, 1 page is preferred)
RecommendationsNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNo Required
Admissions InterviewBy 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)By invitation only (on-campus or online)By invitation only (on-campus or online)
Application FeeYes $100 (non-refundable)Yes $100 (non-refundable)Yes $100 (non-refundable)Yes $100 (non-refundable)Yes $100 (non-refundable)Yes $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

We require either a scanned copy or a downloaded version of your unofficial 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 with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., diploma or certificate). If a transcript 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.

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 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 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): Respond to one of the following prompts (250 words): My favorite memory is… I’m most afraid of… My greatest challenge has been… I’m most proud of…

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).

We do not require work experience for specialized master’s degrees. However, MBA degrees require at least two years of full-time professional work experience; three years is preferred. The Executive MBA degree requires ten years of work experience, with at least eight in a progressively responsible management role. In reviewing your work experience, we consider your achievements, managerial or leadership potential, contributions to the community, personal ethics and values and motivation for a graduate business degree.

Please refer to this link for examples of a professional résumé.

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

The Daniels College of Business offers admissions incentives for current undergraduate students who hold and maintain a cumulative 3.0+ GPA at a regionally-accredited institution. Eligible students can apply to one of six specialized master’s degrees with no GMAT requirement. Click here to learn more about the Master’s Accelerated Admissions Process (MAAP).

If you are accepted into a Daniels program (other than the MBA@Denver), a $1,500 enrollment deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is non-refundable 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 non-refundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

Class Profiles

Denver MBA
(full-time)

  • Class Size: 60
  • Average Age: 29
  • Average Work Experience: 5 years
  • Average GMAT: 612
  • Average GPA: 3.36
  • Geographic Distribution:
    8% International | 91% U.S.
  • Gender Distribution:
    45% Female | 55% Male

Part-time Professional MBA

  • Class Size: 42
  • Average Age: 29
  • Average Work Experience: 5 years
  • Average GMAT: 606
  • Average GPA: 3.27
  • Gender Distribution:
    45% Female | 55% Male

Executive MBA
 

  • Class Size: 24
  • Average Age: 40
  • Average Work Experience: 14 years
  • Gender Distribution: 29% Female | 71% Male

MBA@Denver (Online)

  • Average Age: 36
  • Average Work Experience: 10 years
  • Average Class Size: 12
  • Geographic Distribution: 70% in state | 30% out of state
  • Gender Distribution: 42% Female | 58% Male

Master of Accountancy

  • Class Size: 21
  • Average Age: 26
  • Average GPA: 3.33
  • Geographic Distribution:
    15% International | 85% U.S.
  • Gender Distribution:
    52% Female | 48% Male

Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance

  • Class Size: 30
  • Average Age: 24
  • Average GMAT: 640
  • Average GPA: 3.35
  • Geographic Distribution:
    30% International | 70% U.S.
  • Gender Distribution:
    17% Female | 83% Male

Master of Science in Business Analytics

  • Class Size: 37
  • Average Age: 27
  • Average GMAT: 613
  • Average GPA: 3.40
  • Geographic Distribution:
    19% International | 81% U.S.
  • Gender Distribution:
    35% Female | 65% Male

Master of Science in Management

  • Class Size: 21
  • Average Age: 23
  • Average GPA: 3.39
  • Geographic Distribution:
    5% International | 95% U.S.
  • Gender Distribution:
    47% Female | 53% Male

Master of Science in Marketing

  • Class Size: 26
  • Average Age: 24
  • Average GMAT: 600
  • Average GPA: 3.40
  • Geographic Distribution:
    4% International | 96% U.S.
  • Gender Distribution:
    65% Female | 35% Male

Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment

  • Class Size: 40
  • Average Age: 29
  • Average Work Experience: 5 years
  • Average GPA: 3.14
  • Gender Distribution:
    22% Female | 78% Male

*Class profile data is from Fall 2020

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