Tailor your MBA to fit you
Credit hours: 48
Full-time, part-time, online class options
Fully online option
12:1 student-faculty ratio
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
One size does not fit all.
Tailor your MBA to fit you. With more specialization options than any other part-time or full-time MBA program in Colorado, your degree matches your lifestyle and career goals. Take classes in the classroom or online. You can also complete the degree fully online. We give you the power of choice.
“Being able to go to school and get my MBA at night, and then being able to put what I was learning into practice literally the next day, was the most important way to learn and understand how to manage and lead.”
– Heather Lafferty ’05
Executive Director and CEO
Habitat for Humanity Denver
Our Professional MBA provides built-in flexibility for you to explore your interests, while still giving you a solid business foundation applicable to every industry or discipline. You can also customize your MBA by taking advantage of your elective hours to complete a specialization. With over 15 hours of electives, you can choose from over 100 electives to hone your skills. Program highlights include:
You'll have full access to our Business Career Connections team for life. With over 10 years of recruiting and advising experience, they'll help you navigate your way through the corporate recruiting process. Our connections to over 300 business partners provide exclusive opportunities to network with industry leaders. Their services include:
The Professional MBA consists of 48 credit hours total, broken down into core, elective/specialization, and an international business elective.
Business fundamentals are important for future leaders. We’ve chosen areas that you need to be successful in managing teams, no matter the organization or industry.
Most students use these hours to build out one of 19 specializations to dive deeper into one area. We offer hundreds of classes to customize your degree. Review the next section for more information on those specialization options. You also have the option to choose electives to explore your interests and dive deeper into the areas of business you are most interested in. Below are a few areas to choose from:
To fulfill this requirement, you can either complete international class in Denver or participate in a course abroad. Our international courses focus on live case studies and international consulting projects to get you hands-on experience. Past trips have taken students to Cuba, China, and Ireland.
Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework and can be added or changed throughout your program.
Gain in-depth knowledge of accounting techniques for budgeting and management of service- and product-oriented businesses.
Taking advantage of Colorado’s biocluster and a collaboration with faculty at the Anschutz Medical Campus, this offering is geared towards helping bioentrepreneurs achieve commercial success.
This specialization trains you in forecasting, optimization, and simulation and how to construct and interpret models of big data.
Through hands-on learning, you'll work within MicroStrategy’s Business Intelligence Software, a leading software for business intelligence.
You’ll gain the skills used to develop and implement business strategy, and you’ll have the leadership knowledge to help organizations effectively meet those objectives.
Learn bargaining and negotiation tactics and how to manage people for a competitive advantage. You’ll also study all the various stages of change and how to develop a successful process.
Dive into topics like trading operations, investment management, and investment banking. Internships, field trips, guest speakers, and networking opportunities connect you to executives in commodities firms in agriculture, energy, minerals, and metals.
Technology is only as powerful as the person behind it. Information technology can turn you into a driver and enabler of business strategy.
Classes will get into the nitty-gritty of business plans, legal issues, venture capitalists, web development, and more. This specialization gives you access to dozens of networking opportunities including an annual business plan competition, internships, local entrepreneurs, and connections with new ventures.
You’ll have specialized skills in different financial function areas including corporate, investments, and financial institutions. You’ll be able to choose from a range of topics including forecasting, derivatives, risk management, and firm evaluation.
You’ll learn the tools and techniques in recruiting, hiring, developing, motivating, and rewarding employees. You’ll also work with tech solutions that human resource managers use to design and deliver effective online trainings and performance management programs.
You’ll know how to analyze data and better manage business processes with technology.
Business crosses all boundaries including country borders, language barriers, and cultural differences. You’ll be able to apply your international business knowledge across disciplines.
Concentrate your degree on becoming a more effective leader. You’ll develop key leadership skills including project management, negotiation, ethics, and sustainability.
You’ll learn how to build a strategy to reduce operating costs, open up new markets and revenue streams, increase customer loyalty, and improve financial performance.
Learn how to build long-term relationships between a company and its customers. This specialization gives you skills in marketing strategy, digital marketing, marketing research, buyer behavior, and sales management.
All businesses manage risk and 50% of the industry’s workforce is retiring in the next decade. With this huge need in talent, companies are looking for professionals capable in managing risk to enhance firm value. You’ll learn how to identify liabilities and mitigate risk in commercial settings and introduce insurance products for personal and commercial use.
Colorado is a hub for sports and entertainment with eight major professional sports team and world-renowned entertainment venues like Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This specialization delivers a unique twist on management by focusing on niche industries that represent a huge market.
Taxes are one of the most important cost factors affecting entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Learn the fundamentals of federal income taxation and the role taxes play in strategic investment and business decisions.
Your online courses are taught by the same professors and lecturers that teach on campus. All core MBA courses can be found online. We also offer hybrid courses in the evening for those working full-time.
While not all specializations can be completed online, many offer classes with online options. With careful planning, the following specializations can be completed fully online:
The cost of tuition for the Professional MBA is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition if they are pursuing a Professional MBA. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for Professional MBA applicants based on merit at the time of admission. You must have submitted your application by the priority deadline to be eligible for the Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship.
As a current student, you can apply for additional scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment. Certain specializations including risk management and insurance, commodities, and entrepreneurship have additional scholarship opportunities.
Dual degree options for the Professional MBA include all Business School Master of Science degree programs excluding the MS Health Administration. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Master of Science programs available for dual degree options include:
If you are applying for two degrees through the CU Denver Business School, you will only need to submit one application.
We have also partnered with other CU Denver departments to offer dual degree options for the following programs. You will need to apply to both programs separately and follow the admission requirements for each program.
The Professional MBA degree admits students for a fall, spring, or summer start. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-8200.
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.
Our Business Career Connections (BCC) office connects top Denver employers to our students. They know what recruiters are looking for and have a wealth of resources that you have access to as a student and alumnus.
Companies looking to hire come to CU Denver first because of our reputation in producing 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.”
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