Professional development: Graduate non-degree classes

Graduate Non-Degree Classes

Application materials

 Online application
$50 domestic, $75 international application fee
 Copy of your graduate degree transcript – unofficial is sufficient
 English language proficiency – if applicable
 A letter from your dean or academic advisor stating that you are in good academic standing and the requested business courses will be accepted for your degree program – if applicable

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Working professionals may take up to two classes as a non-degree seeking student to advance your knowledge in a particular topic. Once you are accepted, you are eligible to register for any available graduate course that you meet pre-requisite requirements for. 

As a note, courses are for-credit and cannot be taken on a pass/fail or non-credit basis. Courses later can be applied to a graduate degree and are reflected in graduate GPA calculations.

To find course offerings, please visit the University of Colorado Denver Course Catalog. The Business School offers courses in the following areas:

  • Accounting (ACCT)
  • Business Analytics (BANA)
  • Business (BUSN)
  • Commodities (CMDT)
  • Entrepreneurship (ENTP)
  • Finance (FNCE)
  • Global Energy Management (GEM)
  • International Business (INTB)
  • Information Systems (ISMG)
  • Management (MGMT)
  • Marketing (MTKG)
  • Taxation (MTAX)
  • Risk Management and Insurance (RISK)

CU Denver Business School applicants

You are allowed to take one or two courses or up to six credit hours in one term if you have:

  • Completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Not taken the GMAT

You must complete the admission requirements to be accepted as a non-degree student. After one semester, you must be accepted to a graduate business degree program at the CU Denver Business School to continue taking graduate business courses.

Current MBA or MS students at another accredited business school

Students currently admitted to an MBA or MS program at another regionally accredited business school may take classes in the CU Denver Business School.

Individuals seeking to fulfill CPA requirements

Working professionals looking to complete the CPA need to fulfill educational hours and are eligible to take accounting and/or taxation courses at the CU Denver Business School. You must complete the admission requirements to be accepted as a non-degree student.


The Business School determines an applicant's eligibility to take graduate business courses once all application materials have been received. Incomplete or late applications are not processed. Applicants are notified of their eligibility to take graduate business courses by email.

Anyone who has been previously denied admission to a CU Denver Business School graduate degree program is not eligible for non-degree status.

Please email or call 303-315-8200 with any questions.