Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about the graduate admissions process at Daniels? Take a look at some of the Frequently Asked Questions about programs, application requirements, financial aid, immigration and test scores. If you didn’t find an answer to your question, please email our Admissions team directly or call 303.871.3416.
- APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS QUESTIONS
- TEST SCORES QUESTIONS
- FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONS
- PROGRAM QUESTIONS
- IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS
Q: DO YOU WAIVE APPLICATION FEES?
A: As a way of honoring our valued alumni and those who serve our country, past and present, we offer application fee waivers to the following individuals:
- University of Denver alumni
- 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
- McNair Scholars
Q: WHERE SHOULD OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS BE SENT?
A: We require a scanned copy of the official transcripts from every college or university you have attended. The scanned documents must be clearly legible and sized to print on standard 8½-by-11-inch paper. You do not need to submit hard copies of academic records when you apply; official hard copies will be required upon enrollment.
Q: WHERE CAN I FIND INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY TO THE DANIELS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS GRADUTE PROGRAMS?
A: Instructions can be found on the main Graduate Admissions section on our website. To apply for the MBA@Denver (Online) MBA, follow this link.
Q: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM OVERALL GPA REQUIRED?
A: The minimum overall GPA required is 2.5, with the average being 3.4. It is important to note, however, that the Admissions Committee also takes into account other aspects of the application to make a final decision.
Q: DOES IT MATTER WHICH APPLICATION DEADLINES I CHOOSE?
A: While you should submit your application when it is the strongest, we also encourage you to complete your application as early as possible for best possible consideration. While seats are available through all of the deadlines, we do not recommend waiting for the last deadline to apply.
Our application deadlines are listed on the main Graduate Admissions page.
Q: I APPLIED LAST TERM AND MY APPLICATION WAS DENIED. CAN I REAPPLY AND WHAT IS THE REAPPLICATION PROCESS?
A: Yes, you may reapply to the same program for a different start term. You will need to start a new application, but we will be able to use the same documents that you submitted the last time. In addition, you will be required to submit a short letter discussing how your application has changed or improved from last time.
Q: WHAT ARE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS?
A: TOEFL: A score of 240(paper-based), 587(computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is preferred to consider an applicant for admission (no less than a 20 TOEFL on any section of the test). Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language ability, or exceptional academic performance.
IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher is preferred to consider an applicant for admission. Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language, or exceptional academic performance.
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate: Students must present a minimum grade of C on this certificate as sufficient proof of English proficiency. Please supply us with your Candidate’s ID Number and Candidate’s Secret Number and we will be happy to verify your results.
Possible Exemptions: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials.
Q: WHAT IS THE TOEFL/IELTS WAIVER POLICY?
A: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials.
Q: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED GMAT OR GRE SCORE?
A: There is not a particular required minimum score; however, most candidates have a GMAT above 600 or GRE scores above 155 on each section of the exam.
Q: DO YOU ACCEPT THE GRE INSTEAD OF THE GMAT? IS THERE ONE THAT YOU PREFER?
A: Yes, we accept both the GMAT and the GRE. There are no preferences, but your scores should demonstrate a balance between verbal and quantitative skills. If you have taken the exams multiple times, we will consider your highest scores.
Q: IS THE GMAT/GRE REQUIREMENT EVER WAIVED?
A: Daniels offers a portfolio of MBA and specialized master’s degree programs tailored to individuals with different needs and wide-ranging career goals. MBA programs are typically more general and span across disciplines of business; whereas, specialized master’s degrees are focused on one specific subject area. Prospective students should carefully consider which program is the best fit for their needs.
Though we strongly caution against targeting a graduate program based on standardized testing requirements, there are select opportunities to waive the GMAT or GRE requirement on a case-by-case or program basis:
Executive MBA and Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment: Applicants to these programs are not required to sit for the GMAT or GRE, but they are also required to have at least 10 years of professional experience, eight of which should be in a managerial role.
Part-time Professional MBA and specialized master’s degrees: Applicants to the PMBA, masters of science and Master of Accountancy programs may be eligible for a waiver if they meet one of the following criteria:
- The applicant already holds a properly-accredited master’s degree in a related field.
- The applicant has 7+ years of relevant professional experience. If you believe you meet one of these standards, please contact email@example.com to notify the Office of Graduate Admissions of your request to waive the requirement. Additionally, current undergraduate students applying to our specialized master’s programs may be eligible for academic GMAT or GRE test waivers through the Master’s Accelerated Admissions Process.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION FOR THE SCHOOL? ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OPPORTUNITIES?
A: Tuition and fees are posted by the Office of the Registrar. Please check here for current rates. Daniels automatically evaluates every single accepted applicant for merit-based scholarships; no additional application is necessary. These awards are based upon academic performance, testing results, relevant professional experience and other soft considerations gleaned through essays and letters of recommendation. As of this academic year, scholarships for master of science applicants generally range between $5,000 and $24,000 and $5,000 to $60,000+ for The Denver MBA over the course of the program and we notify applicants of their awards upon acceptance.
Q: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE TUITION?
A: No, our tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
Q: DO YOU OFFER ANY STEM-DESIGNATED DEGREES?
A: Both the Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance and the Master of Science in Business Analytics are STEM-designated programs, giving international students the opportunity of remaining in the country for up to 36 months post-graduation to acquire work experience. For more information on STEM and employment authorizations for international students, visit the ISSS website.
Q: IF I AM ENROLLED IN A PROGRAM OUTSIDE OF DU, CAN I TRANSFER TO DANIELS?
A: We can transfer in up to two courses to a degree program from an accredited graduate program. You will need to supply the syllabus and transcript to have the credits approved. If you are far along in another graduate program at another University, you can apply to take non-degree credits through the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, and transfer them back to your degree issuing institution.
Q: CAN I DO A DUAL DEGREE IN THE MBA OR MS PROGRAMS?
A: You can do a dual MBA and MS program. To take advantages of dual degrees and receiving a reduction in credits on both programs, the student needs to add the second program halfway through their first one.
Q: DO I NEED TO HAVE A BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE TO BE ACCEPTED?
A: No, a business undergraduate degree is not required, we accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do require that all students have earned a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) prior to enrollment.
Q: WHAT REQUIRED ACTION IS NEEDED TO SUBMIT AN I-20?
A: International applicants are required to provide certain documents in order to receive immigration materials from the University of Denver. Generally, these items are not required until after an applicant is offered admission. Review the University’s Requirements.
Q: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – I HAVE ALREADY USED THE OPT AUTHORIZATION IN MY PREVIOUS MASTER’S DEGREE. IF I AM GETTING A NEW DEGREE, WOULD I BE ABLE TO USE THE OPT AUTHORIZATION?
A: No, you will not be able to use the OPT authorization for two master’s degrees. For more information on OPT authorization, please visit the ISSS website.