Manage your own success
Lead your team to the next level
This degree prepares you for leadership roles in both public and private sector organizations. Our students are professionals who challenge themselves to become stronger leaders ready to make the big decisions. Dive deep into one of ten specializations that allow you to tailor your degree or customize the program to fit your needs.
In our MS Management and Organization program, you’ll understand how to manage interpersonal dynamics, effectively design organizations, and manage human resources and lead change. A career-focused group, our students are looking to take a leadership role in their organizations to drive change.
Unlike an MBA which covers a number of different business functions, such as accounting and finance, this degree specializes in the human and organizational aspects of business. You'll dive deeper into topics such as organizational change, leadership, and strategy.
No matter if you’re taking lectures on campus or participating online, you’ll be taught by a mix of expert faculty who do high-quality research and have extensive work experience in diverse organizations. CU Denver management faculty have consistently published in top journals for their research.
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:
- Career workshops – perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile, and job search process
- Individual appointments – explore what your personal career path looks like, review your resume, or schedule a mock interview
- Career events – hone your networking skills and meet hiring managers from top companies
- Job announcements – monthly emails with the latest job and internship opportunities specific to your degree
The MS Management and Organization curriculum consists of 30 hours of core, specialization or management electives, and free elective courses.
Core courses (12 hours)
Begin your degree by building a strong foundation of leadership and organizational structure and change. Course topics include:
- Leading individuals and teams
- Leading organizational change
- Designing effective organizations
- Managing people for competitive advantage
Management electives and specializations (12 hours)
Dive deeper into topics that matter most to your career. We offer ten specializations or pick and choose courses that best align with your career goals. Courses can be chosen from any management, international business, or entrepreneurship offering.
Free electives (6 hours)
Explore other business courses relevant for your success including areas such as:
- Business analytics
- Health administration
- Information systems
- Risk management
Specializations require 12 hours of related coursework. Please note that not all specializations can be completed entirely online.
You’ll examine the development of strategic plans and learn how to implement them using resource allocation and leadership skills. Course topics include:
- International business negotiations
- Sustainable change leadership
- Business strategy lab
- Real options and decisions in uncertainty
Change and Innovation
Building on the core foundation, you’ll learn how to effectively identify, design, and implement organizational change initiatives. Course topics include:
- Performance management
- Bargaining and negotiation
- Sustainable business opportunity
Construction Engineering Management
Gain management knowledge and specialized construction engineering management expertise. Course topics include:
- Project management systems
- Construction planning and control
- Construction leadership
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
You’ll understand how to manage and organize in the context of new ventures. You’ll also receive a certificate in entrepreneurship by completing this specialization. Course topics include:
- Exploring social entrepreneurship
- New concept development
- New venture operations and project management
- Business plan and seed funding
Your coursework will integrate international understanding into your management courses. From cross-cultural management to legal aspects of marketing internationally, you’ll prepare yourself for the future of business no matter where it goes.
- International business
- International entrepreneurship
- Travel study
Leading a team effectively is no small task. Concentrate on honing your skills so you’re ready to make your people your biggest competitive advantage. Course topics include:
- Visionary leadership
- Bargaining and negotiation
- Leadership development
- Leadership in new ventures
Managing Human Resources
Add this specialization to your degree and you’ll gain advanced knowledge, tools, and techniques you can use in recruiting, hiring, developing, motivating, and rewarding your employees. You’ll also learn about technology solutions for online training and performance management programs. Course topics include:
- Managing people for competitive advantage
- Talent management
- Performance management
- Compensation administration
Managing for Sustainability
Companies are embracing social and environmental responsibility as a core business strategy. Learn about what businesses are facing in a world where resources are scarce, social safety nets are declining, and customers are concerned about a company’s investment in corporate responsibility. Course topics include:
- Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
- Marketing and sustainability
- Supply chain management
- Global climate change
Sports and Entertainment Business
Explore two of the fastest growing industries in the world. This specialization provides the education to become a major player in two of the largest industries in the world. Course topics include:
- Sports and entertainment marketing
- London Calling: Global sports and entertainment
- "Fan"tastical consumers of American sports and entertainment
- Sales and negotiation for consumers, services for sports and entertainment industries
Strategy examines the development of firm strategic plans and implementation through careful resource allocation. This specialization provides the leadership skills are required for organizations to effectively meet their objectives. Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Course topics include:
- Marketing dynamics in the 21st century
- Financial management
- Strategic management
We also offer this degree entirely online. The online program has the same requirements as the on-campus program and is taught by the same professors. You can blend campus courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses to fit your schedule.
For the MS Management degree, the core classes are all offered online. However, not all specializations can be completed entirely online. The following specializations can be completed entirely online; however, all course options for each of the following specializations are always available online.
- Change and Innovation
- Managing for Sustainability
- Strategic Management – all courses online
- Enterprise Technology Management – all courses online
The cost of tuition for the MS Management degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires students to maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. As a current student, you can apply for scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
- MS Accounting
- MS Business Analytics
- MS Finance and Risk Management
- MS Global Energy Management
- MS Health Administration
- MS Information Systems
- MS International Business
- MS Management
- MS Marketing
- MS Taxation
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree. For more information about dual degree options and the application process, please contact BSchool.Admissions@ucdenver.edu.
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.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or its equivalent in another country.
- The GMAT is required for admission, however, the GRE may be substituted. GMAT waivers are available on a case-by-case basis and can be requested while completing the online application.
- No work experience or formal business education is required for admission.
How Decisions Are Made
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
- Academic transcripts
- GMAT/GRE scores
- Essay responses
- Letters of recommendation if applicable
- Work experience
- Extracurricular and community activities
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 email@example.com 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.
- Submit a TOEFL score that meets the minimum requirements of 75 (IBT) or 537 (PBT). The minimum IBT sub scores for each section are: Reading: 15, Listening: 15, Speaking: 18, Writing: 17.
- Submit an IELTS score of at least 6.5 The minimum IELTS sub scores for the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections are 5.5.
- Submit a copy of completion from the CU Denver ESL Academy.
- Earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the United States or has successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the United States.
- Have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
- Earned an associate's or bachelor's degree in the US or have successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master's program at an accredited institution in the US.
- Be a citizen of a country whose official language is English. These countries include Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
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.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full. Course offerings are limited for summer.
- Priority: April 15
- Final: June 30
- Priority: March 15
- Final: May 15
- Priority: October 15
- Final: November 30
- Priority: September 15
- Final: October 15
- Priority: February 15
- Final: April 30
- Priority: January 15
- Final: March 15
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.
As a student, you’ll have access to a number of high-profile guest speakers. Past speakers have included executives from across the country representing companies including:
- Ball Aerospace
- Kaiser Permanente
Start the conversation.