Admissions Process

Program Start Dates

September and March (*The full-time Denver MBA, MS in Management and MS in Marketing are September start only.)

Application Deadlines

Daniels encourages applicants to submit a completed application as early as possible to secure a place in our programs. Once we have received your online application and application fee we will render an admissions decision as outlined below. All application materials must be received by the deadline to be considered for that particular round. Not all candidates may be invited to interview. An invitation to interview may come at any point. Our goal is a smooth and responsive admissions process.

Fall Quarter Entry (Classes start in early September)

Deadlines
Application Deadline
Notification Date
Deposit Deadline
Round 1
October 15
December 15
February 1
Round 2
January 15
March 15
April 15
Round 3
March 1
April 15
May 15
Round 4
April 15
May 15
June 1
  • All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based aid (including scholarships and graduate assistantships) at the time of admission; there is no separate application.
  • International applicants should apply by March 1 to allow time to obtain a student visa.
  • Applications received after April 15 will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis through August 1.

Spring Quarter Entry (Classes start in late March or early April)

Deadlines
Application Deadline
Notification Date
Deposit Deadline
Round 1
September 15
November 1
December 1
Round 2
November 15
January 15
February 1
Round 3
January 5
February 15
March 1
  • All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based aid (including scholarships and graduate assistantships) at the time of admission; there is no separate application.
  • Merit-based financial assistance includes scholarships and graduate assistantships.
  • International applicants should apply by November 15 to allow time to obtain a student visa.
  • Applications received after January 5 will be considered on a rolling, space available basis through March 1.

Application Fee

Applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable application fee. 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

Enrollment Deposit

 

If accepted into the program, a $1,500 enrollment deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is non-refundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

TRANSCRIPTS

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.

If your transcripts are in languages other than English, also submit official, certified translated versions. For candidates educated in India, we require individual mark sheets. Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., diploma or certificate) with an English translation.

GMAT OR GRE
Applicants must submit a GMAT or GRE during the application process for all master’s degree programs except the Executive MBA. Waivers may be offered on a case-by-case basis in light of professional experience or academic achievement. For more information, please refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of this page. To have your GMAT scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes:

 

  • Denver MBA (full-time) MZR-GT-43
  • Professional MBA MZR-GT-07
  • Executive MBA MZR-GT-62
  • Master of Accountancy MZR-GT-82
  • Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance MZR-GT-04
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics MZR-GT-47
  • Master of Science in Management MZR-GT-31
  • Master of Science in Marketing MZR-GT-65
  • Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment MZR-GT-58
  • Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment MZR-GT-03

To have your GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following code:

  • GRE code | 4842

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 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).

WORK EXPERIENCE
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.
PROFESSIONAL RÉSUMÉ

In addition to documenting your level of work experience in the online application, you will be required to submit a résumé demonstrating the scope of your professional experience and educational achievements. Please refer to this link for examples of a professional résumé. You are encouraged to limit your résumé to two pages—one page résumés are preferred.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendations are only required for the Executive MBA program.

ADMISSION INTERVIEW

Once all required materials are received, qualified applicants may be invited to interview on-campus or online. The admission interview is an opportunity to evaluate whether the program is a good fit. Not all candidates are invited to interview, but an invitation may come at any time. Interviews are offered by invitation only.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

For International Students Only

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. Please use code 4842 to denote the University of Denver, thank you!

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: A score of 185 overall (with no sub-score below 170) is preferred for admissions consideration. 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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

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.

Tuition

Tuition for Daniels graduate programs is based on a cost-per-credit hour set by the University of Denver. Tuition costs are the same for all students whether they are residents or nonresidents of Colorado.

*Expenses for subsequent academic years may be higher due to tuition and cost-of-living increases. The University of Denver reserves the right to make changes in tuition, additional program charges and fees or refund policies without advanced notice.

MBA Programs

MBA Programs Tuition

Tuition listed below is for the entire degree program. Please see the Financial Aid section below for additional information.

Program
Total Tuition
The Denver MBA (full-time)
$90,400
Part-time Professional MBA
$77,940
MBA@Denver (Online)
$77,940
Executive MBA
$93,546

Specialized Master's Programs

 

Specialized Master’s Programs $1,372 per credit hour for 2018 – 2019. *Specialized master’s (MS) programs are eligible for the university flat rate—a cost-saving plan that rewards taking more than 12 credits per quarter. With this rate, students pay full price for the first 12 credits taken in a quarter and receive any further credits (up to 18) within that quarter at no additional cost. Please see course sequences for further details. Please see the Financial Aid section below for additional information.

Program
Credit Hours
Master of Accountancy
40-68
MS Applied Quantitative Finance
45-57
MS Business Analytics
58
MS Management
45
MS Marketing
45-47
MS Real Estate & The Built Environment
48
Executive MS Real Estate & the Built Environment
48

Financial Aid

Merit-Based Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships
  • Merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships (GA) are offered at the time of admission.  All candidates are automatically considered during the admission process; there is no separate application.
  • Scholarships and GA positions are awarded based on extraordinary academic performance and relevant work experience. There is no separate application process; decisions are based on your graduate-school application.
  • Both U.S. and international students are considered for merit-based scholarships, work-study positions and Graduate Assistantships.
  • Most merit-based scholarships for MS programs range from $5,000–$24,000 total and $10,000–$60,000 total for the Denver MBA (full-time).
  • Graduate Assistantships require 10 hours of work per week within the college and are only available to full-time students. The award includes a tuition waiver of three credits per quarter as well as a monthly cash stipend.
  • Half-tuition scholarships are available to qualified Colorado residents for the Denver MBA (full-time) program.
  • Typically, over 80% of accepted students receive merit-based scholarship awards from Daniels.

Need-based Awards
  • Need-based scholarships, which range from $1,500–$6,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, may be awarded after the student has confirmed their attendance at Daniels. The amount is dependent on the level of need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please contact the University of Denver, Office of Financial Aid for more information.
  • Work-study positions are available for graduate students who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA form. The average salary is $14.00/hour, 10 hours per week.

Student Loans

 

 

Many graduate students at Daniels College of Business help fund their education through loans. All federal loans require the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. For more information, visit the University of Denver, Office of Financial Aid.

MPower Financing also provides opportunities for all candidates, both domestic and international.

Employer Reimbursement

The University of Denver encourages participation from students whose tuition is reimbursed by their employers. The reimbursement program allows students to defer payment until after final grades have been distributed each quarter. For more information, view the Employer Reimbursed Payments section of the Bursar’s Office website.

Military & Veteran Applicants

Daniels values veterans, military service members and their dependents in our community. As a veteran, you may be eligible for education benefits including tuition assistance, the G.I. Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program and other military educational benefits. If you’re ready to embark on the next phase of your journey, we’re here to help you reach your academic and professional goals. Daniels offers unlimited Yellow Ribbon funding in partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

The Steps to Take
  1. Learn more about the GI Bill and other educational benefits offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
  2. Apply for GI Bill educational benefits. Please note, applying for benefits must be done no less than six months prior to class start. We recommend applying early, eight months to one year prior to class start, to ensure your benefits are in place.
  3. Apply to Daniels. You will follow the same application process as all applicants.

Application FAQs

WHAT ARE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS?

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.

DO YOU WAIVE APPLICATION FEES?

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

WHAT IS THE TOEFL/IELTS WAIVER POLICY?

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.

WHAT REQUIRED ACTION IS NEEDED TO SUBMIT AN I-20?

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.

WHERE SHOULD OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS BE SENT?

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.

WHERE CAN I FIND INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY TO THE DANIELS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS GRADUATE PROGRAMS?

Instructions can be found in the Applying section on our website. To apply for the MBA@Denver(Online) MBA, follow this link.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED GMAT OR GRE SCORE

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.

DO YOU ACCEPT THE GRE INSTEAD OF THE GMAT? AND IS THERE ONE THAT YOU PREFER?

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.

IS THE GMAT/GRE REQUIREMENT EVER WAIVED?

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:

  1. The applicant already holds a properly-accredited master’s degree in a related field.
  2. The applicant has 7+ years of relevant professional experience. If you believe you meet one of these standards, please contact daniels@du.edu 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.

WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION FOR THE SCHOOL? AND ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OPPORTUNITIES?

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.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE TUITION?

 

No, our tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM OVERALL GPA REQUIRED?

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.

DO YOU OFFER ANY STEM-DESIGNATED DEGREES?

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.

DOES IT MATTER WHICH APPLICATION DEADLINES I CHOOSE?

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 above in the admissions process.

I APPLIED LAST TERM AND MY APPLICATION WAS DENIED. CAN I REAPPLY AND WHAT IS THE REAPPLICATION PROCESS?

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.

IF I AM ENROLLED IN A PROGRAM OUTSIDE OF DU, CAN I TRANSFER TO DANIELS?

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.

CAN I DO A DUAL DEGREE IN THE MBA OR MS PROGRAMS?

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.

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 AGAIN?

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.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE TO BE ACCEPTED?

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.