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The Daniels College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Science in Business Intelligence (MSBI), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science in Marketing (MSMKTG), Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management (MSRECM), Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management (XMRCM), and Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctorate (MBA/JD). Students can combine any business master’s degree with any approved master’s or professional degree within the university. Other programs include 3-2 degrees, interdisciplinary programs, cross-registration, cooperative programs, work-study programs, foreign exchange with more than 20 countries, internships, and a distance learning program through the Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management program. Certificates in Real Estate and Construction Management are also available. Ethics and corporate social responsibility are strong across all disciplines of business. The most popular courses are Values-Based Leadership, Walk on Wall Street, and Cases in Entrepreneurship. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The Voice of Experience Speaker Series encourages meaningful dialogue about the connection between principles of values-based leadership and practical experiences of business leaders.

Eighty total credits are required to complete the MBA-Compass, including 16 elective credits. Required courses for the MBA-Compass include:

  • Insights for a Changing World
  • Leading at the Edge
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Business
  • Creating the Sustainable Enterprise
  • Global Case Challenge
  • Ideation

Required courses for the MBA-Core include:

  • Statistics and Operations Management
  • Finance and Managerial Accounting
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Dynamics of Economics, Law, and Public Policy
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Information Technology Strategy
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Integrative Challenge
  • Evaluating Financial Strengths of the Organization

Students may eliminate or substitute requirements. Students can transfer up to 8 elective credit hours.

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 5 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 5 years.

There are 84 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 85% hold a doctorate; there are 20 part-time faculty, of whom 65% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated below average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 7; average business class size is 30.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 1024; 708 were accepted; 404 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.19; average GMAT score was 588. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, or GRE for the MS Marketing and MS RECM programs, a nonrefundable application fee of $50, 2 letters of recommendation, and essays an interview is optional but recommended. The application deadlines are May 15 for fall entry; December 15, spring. Students are notified within 3 weeks of receiving a completed application of the admissions decision. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year with a deposit of $500.

Financial Aid

About 81% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $9250 annually; maximum $50,907. Stipends and programs available for minority students include DCB Tuition Discount. The FAFSA, the previous year’s tax return, and the Institutional Verification Form are required. The application deadlines are March 15 for fall entry; November 15, spring.

Tuition for all students is $823 per credit, or $29,628 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $8622; books and supplies, $600; personal expenses, $1143; and other fees, $594, for an estimated annual total of $40,587. Graduate student housing is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Forty-nine percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 96% have had an average of 8 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Colorado (69%). Thirty-three percent are women, 9% are minorities, and 18% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 30; ages range from 21 to 59. Nine percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. About 3% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 96% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 463 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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