Convenient classes in the heart of downtown Denver
Credit hours: By the end of your sophomore year you will have chosen your major which will inform how many hours your degree will require.
Full-time, part-time, most classes have online options
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
You know you are interested in a business career, but you aren't quite sure which area is the best fit. You may begin your undergraduate business degree as an undecided student. You will take the required CU Denver and business-specific courses while you explore the different areas of business. By your junior year, you will want to choose which major aligns with your interests. As an undecided business major, you are in the Business School with the ability to access your business courses, business events, and our Business Career Connections (our specialized career center) before you have chosen your final major.
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Our undergraduate students are motivated individuals who chose CU Denver to turn their passion into a career they love. Our program supports that mission by incorporating applied coursework into our classes. Distinguishing features of our program include:
- Learn by doing – a required experiential learning component as a part of your degree
- Well-rounded education – build a foundation in liberal arts classes before honing in on your business education
- Access to business leaders – close proximity and close ties to businesses make it easy for executives to visit our classrooms and career events
You’ll be surrounded by people who are finding their passion and making something of themselves. Our location and flexible schedule allow you to take advantage of the hundreds of businesses in downtown Denver through internships and class projects. With over 300 business partnerships tied to the Business School, you’ll graduate ready and confident to enter the workforce at the job of your dreams.
Denver Built. Global Ready.
Business can be a powerful force for good. But the promise of business hasn’t been extended to enough people. We want to change that. At CU Denver Business School, we make the most of being deeply embedded in the heart of Denver and the nation’s fastest growing economy to open doors and lower barriers to success. Through our programs and partnerships, we create more inclusive business networks and cultures. We can equip any future, locally and globally.
The bachelor of science in business administration curriculum consists of 120 hours comprised of business classes and liberal arts classes to give you a well-rounded education.
CU Denver core (34 hours)
You’ll be educated in English, math, behavioral and social science, humanities, international perspectives, and cultural diversity.
General non-business courses (12 hours)
These courses are taken outside of the Business School, but support a stronger awareness of disciplines relevant to business studies. Course topics include:
- Professional speaking
- Business writing
- Experiential learning
Business core (36 hours)
Apply your education directly to a problem facing business today. Choose between an internship, a project-based course, or study abroad for your experiential learning experience.
Your business classes will take you through the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in business. You will also gain an international perspective of business through the required international course. Course topics include:
- Career and professional development
- Business statistics
- Business problem solving
- Managerial accounting
- Business law and ethics
- Operations management
- Business policy and strategy management
- Managing of individuals and teams
By your junior year, you should have settled on a major. Please check in with our advisors when you are ready to choose.
You will choose from one of our Business Majors.
Electives and/or foreign language proficiency
Foreign language courses may be satisfied if you’ve taken a certain number of classes in high school. These electives give you the freedom to dive deeper into topics or courses that interest you.
The cost of tuition for the BS in business administration degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) states may qualify for reduced tuition rates. The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program requires students to maintain current residency of WICHE state until degree completion.
Learn more about the WUE program
If you’re worried about financing your education, the Business School offers scholarships for incoming students. Each scholarship looks at a number of different factors from academic performance to community involvement. You will automatically be considered for these scholarships when you submit your application.
$2,000 scholarship ($500/semester for 4 semesters) open to incoming freshmen who have 2.75 or higher GPA and are first-generation college students.
$2,000 scholarship ($500/semester for 4 semesters) open to incoming transfer students who have at least 24 transfer credits and a 3.3 college GPA.
Up to $10,000 scholarship (up to $1,250/semester for 8 semesters) open to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated superior high school performance and community service. Minimum 3.5 HS GPA.
$2,000 scholarship ($500/semester for 4 semesters) open to Veteran or Active Military students who have a 2.75 or higher GPA.
$2,000 scholarship ($500/semester for 4 semesters) open to high school graduates of Denver Public Schools with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Must indicate interest in Business when applying to CU Denver.
We also offer additional scholarship opportunities for current students every semester. Scholarship opportunities are based on program and course enrollment.
$50 domestic, $75 international application fee
SAT and ACT optional
High school transcript or GED score
College or community college transcript – transfer applicants only
English language proficiency —international applicants only
If you are an incoming freshman to CU Denver, you can apply through either the Common Application or the Milo Application. Transfer students and international students will need to submit the Milo Application.
Incoming first-year students
CU Denver requires that students complete the Colorado Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR). You will not have to meet all Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) for admission, but you will need to be completed through CU Denver coursework by graduation.
We have strong connections with other four-year and community colleges. If you have completed more than 24 hours of transferable coursework, you will be evaluated for admission on the basis of your college GPA without regard to your high school performance. If you have fewer than 24 hours, you will be evaluated based on both your high school and college GPAs. For more information and to plan your transfer, see transfer admissions in the admissions office.
You will need to begin your application through the Office of International Affairs. They will help you manage your application process.
Priority: September 15
Final: October 15
Priority: January 15
Final: March 15
Priority: March 15
Final: May 15
See yourself at CU Denver
Follow your passion
No matter your background, you’ll have access to a career and professional development course as a Business School student. Through this course, you’ll be introduced to all of the resources available to you as a student including:
- Career events
- Student organizations
- Resume and personal branding training
- Career planning
Find your people
Our students bring their passions outside of the classroom. We offer a number of clubs that give you an opportunity to build your resume and relationships with your peers at the same time.
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Business Student Ambassador Committee
- Student Center for the Public Trust
- Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter
See your future
“I hope to use my experience at CU Denver to launch my career in the nonprofit industry. Although the main reason I fell in love with CU Denver was our urban attitude and location, I never realized how connected we truly are to the city. I understand how I can use everything I’m learning in the workplace come graduation. Plus, there is no better feeling than walking through downtown Denver, a city that calls my name, to class every morning.”
— Sofia Mazo, current student
Major in what matters
A career team dedicated to you
In the heart of downtown Denver, you have easy access to hundreds of employers. Our career team has developed close relationships with quality employers and regularly brings them in for career fairs and panel events. It’s no surprise that employers have told us they prefer CU Denver students, because they know how motivated our students are to succeed.
Take the first step of many towards your future career. Our career team offers a number of services that help you:
- Gain confidence to interview and network with employers
- Find opportunities to land an internship or job of your dreams
- Create your personal brand—online and in-person
- Introduce you to business etiquette and corporate culture
Employers know we produce work-ready graduates
“CU Denver students have real-world experience and are ready to talk about their jobs. There’s a reason we keep coming back.” – S&P Global
“When I see a name tag with ‘CU Denver Business’ on it, I know that I’m talking to a high-quality candidate.” – TIAA
“Every single student has shown up excited about why we’re here. I’ve been really impressed with students’ knowledge, their preparedness, and what they are bringing to the table. It has upped the game tremendously for new hires.” – Marketo