Credit hours: 48
Format: Five-week terms, cohort
Start term: fall only
One year is all it takes to launch your career.
You bring the hard work and dedication. We’ll provide the rigorous coursework and real-world experience. We focus on providing you the skills to be successful in the business world. Support services and industry-specific opportunities offer a competitive advantage in the workforce.
innovative five-week course structure
competitive paid internships and assistantships
gain global insights during a course abroad
Build your network
grow relationships in the classroom through a cohort structure
All majors welcome
formal business education or experience not required
Monday: evenings later in the year
Friday: 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00-4:30pm
The One Year MBA is the fastest way to earn your MBA and gain valuable work experience at the same time. The program includes a fast-paced curriculum based on today's business world with time for innovative electives that offer relevant specialized content. Competitive paid internships, paid graduate assistantships, and consulting coursework add experience to your degree. Classes are held in person, which provides valuable interactions with outside professionals, faculty, and classmates.
The program consists of nine five-week terms with one-week coursework breaks in between terms. You should expect approximately 10 hours a week in class, with another 25 hours as an estimate for homework, studying, and group projects outside of class. Please note that these estimates do not include the possible time spent at an internship/assistantship or time needed for consulting coursework, which generally will add another 20-25 hours a week to your time commitment. These numbers are estimates only and may vary for each student.
The One Year MBA is designed so your entire core curriculum will be taken with your cohort. This structure allows you to build lasting relationships with your peers through teamwork and group presentations.
The One Year MBA program consists of 48 credit hours. Your credit hours will be made up of core courses, electives, international courses, internship or consulting coursework, and career and professional development courses.
Core classes include coverage in the following areas.
Electives are updated annually. Some options could include:
The international courses allow you to explore topics in global business. One course is taught in Denver and gives you a broader understanding of business in a global context. The second course is taught abroad and includes lectures, site visits, talks, tours at companies in a variety of industries, and some cultural activities.
Past trips have included destinations in Asia, Europe, and South America. The trip typically includes more than one city or country to provide a basis for comparing and contrasting cultures and business practices. Company visits have included:
The One Year MBA program provides an experiential learning component where you can apply the knowledge you've gained in the classroom to the business world and gain valuable professional experience while pursuing your degree. We offer competitive internships or consulting coursework to fulfill this experiential learning requirement.
Internships - We partner with local businesses to offer you competitive paid internships to help you directly apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom to the real world. The program schedule allows you to participate in competitively available paid internships during the day. Interns typically work in the Denver metro area for 20-25 hours a week for six to nine months. These hours are in addition to the classroom time, outside of the classroom time studying and group projects. Participating in one of these competitive internships will fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the program. Please note internships are competitive and limited in number.
Competitive Paid Internships Have Included:
Consulting - Real world experience is also provided to you through consulting projects with local companies. This option is available to anyone who will continue working at their current employer or for anyone who does not secure an internship through the program. The consulting coursework will fulfill the experiential learning requirement for the program.
Assistantships - We offer competitively paid assistantships in different functional areas within the Business School where you will work directly with faculty or senior staff. Anyone who pursues an assistantship is still required to fulfill the experiential learning requirement through the consulting coursework. Please note assistantships are competitive and limited in number.
A career and professional development course will be integrated throughout the program. Some topics covered include:
The cost of tuition is $42,500 regardless of state or country of residence. Student fees, textbooks and the cost of airfare for the international flight abroad are not included in the tuition amount. You can apply for financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Other funding opportunities are outlined below.
All CU Denver scholarships are awarded based on merit. The One Year MBA program offers scholarships only for students enrolled in the program. You will be automatically considered for the following scholarships with the submission of your application.
If admitted to the One Year MBA program, you will be able to apply for the following additional scholarships ranging from $4,000-$5,000.
Securing one of the competitive internships or assistantships can help offset the cost of your program. If you are offered a competitive internship, you may earn anywhere from $20-$30 an hour. If you are offered a graduate assistantship, you can also earn an hourly income to help with program expenses.
The One Year MBA program admits students for a fall start only. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed. Applications open every September for the following fall start.
The application process has two components: application and if selected, interview. Applicants are required to submit all application materials by the final deadline. Interviews are by invitation only and may be completed in-person or through a virtual platform.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at email@example.com or call Jeana at 303-315-8063.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
We have many students that use VA or military education benefits at CU Denver. Students planning to use military education benefits will work closely with our Veteran and Military Student Services Office throughout our program. We are happy to discuss specifics of using military benefits for this program. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space in each cohort is limited, so we urge you to apply as early as possible. Applications open in September for the following fall start.
Scholarships are competitive and limited in number. Apply early for the best opportunity for consideration.
“I chose to pursue the One Year MBA because I wanted to gain usable expertise and make valuable connections without sacrificing more than a year of the experience in the job market that I would have otherwise gained.”
– Danielle Thollot, One Year MBA student
“I chose the One Year MBA program at CU Denver to effectively change the direction of my post-military career. It affords me opportunities to build tangible networks and gain practical experience simultaneously in Denver.”
– James Ciccarello, US Army veteran and One Year MBA student
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