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Top International Business Degree Programs - Denver, CO

Students interested in studying international business in Denver, Colorado, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

There are about six public or private, not-for-profit schools in the Denver, Colorado, vicinity that offer degree programs, certificate programs, or program concentrations in international business. Based on national business school rankings and program availability, the top three schools in the Denver area are as follows:

  • Winner: The University of Denver has the highest ranked MBA program of the three schools in this article and is home to one of the oldest business schools in the nation. UD has an interdisciplinary approach to its programming, and students stand to gain a broad base of experience in the field prior to graduation.
  • Runner Up #1: The University of Colorado Denver offers an MBA program that is ranked in the top 60 internationally, according to the Aspen Institute. The University of Colorado Denver's business school is part of an international research center.
  • Runner Up #2: The University of Colorado Boulder is home to the Leeds School of Business, which has been ranked in the top 80 nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report.

School Comparison Table

University of Denver University of Colorado Denver University of Colorado Boulder
Rankings 15th best MBA program internationally* 53rd best MBA program internationally* 79th best business school in the U.S. (2013)**
Location Denver, Colorado Denver, Colorado Boulder, Colorado (25 miles from Denver)
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public 4-year; public
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $39,177 (undergraduate),
$38,526 (graduate)***
$7,494 (in-state, undergraduate),
$21,006 (out-of-state, undergraduate),
$7,358 (in-state, graduate),
$20,676 (out-of-state, graduate)***
$9,482 (in-state, undergraduate),
$31,378 (out-of-state, undergraduate)***
International Business Degrees Offered Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - International Business major,
International Master of Business Administration,
Juris Doctor/International Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - International Business major,
Master of Business Administration - International Business specialization,
Master of Science in International Business
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - International Business area of application,
Certificate in International Business
International Business Degrees Awarded (2011-2012) 77 bachelor's degrees,
35 master's degrees***
11 master's degrees (bachelor's degrees not reported)*** 733 general business bachelor's degrees***
Most Popular International Business Program (2011-2012) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (77 degrees awarded)*** Master of Science in International Business (11 degrees awarded)*** Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (general, 733 degrees awarded)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class 78%*** $40%*** 68%***
Noteworthy Member of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) A U.S. Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER) One of the ten oldest business schools in U.S.

Sources: *Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, **U.S. News & World Report Top Business Schools (2013), ***NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Denver

  • Part-time MBA program ranked 5th in the Southwest and 24th nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011
  • Global Opportunity Program provides hands-on international business experience
  • Microfinance program in partnership with an international corporation available for graduate students
  • Undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Dual degree options

The Daniels College of Business is among the ten oldest business schools in the nation. In 2009, the college became a member of PRME, with programs designed to meet the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in international business. This interdisciplinary program is offered with cooperation from the Korbel School of International Studies. It includes courses that cover multinational financial management, global political economics, international marketing and international business law, as well as elective topics, such as sustainable business solutions and global innovation.

At the graduate level, students can pursue an International MBA with traditional business concentrations or a customizable concentration in areas of study such as bioenterprise, geographic information systems (GIS), non-profit management or sustainability. Requirements for the IMBA program include second-language coursework and overseas experience that may include participation in the Global Opportunity Program. Graduate students can also pursue a Juris Doctor (JD)/MBA dual degree through the Sturm College of Law.

Runner-Up #1: University of Colorado Denver

  • Affordable in-state tuition
  • Undergraduate program and three graduate programs in international business
  • Study abroad programs include interactions with international business professionals and site visits
  • Centrally located in downtown Denver

The Business School at the University of Colorado Denver has a 25-year history and is one of only 30 schools granted the CIBER designation by the U.S. Department of Education. Undergraduate students may pursue a BSBA with an area of emphasis in international business. Students will complete courses covering international financial management, international business environments, international marketing and international operations, along with elective courses that include international accounting and Asian business development.

Graduate programs include the Master of Science in International Business, a program that offers courses on cross-cultural management, international corporate governance, global enterprise systems and international entrepreneurship. Students can also choose to pursue an MBA with a specialization in international business or complete the dual MBA/MS program. Graduate students in the MS program must display proficiency in a foreign language.

Runner-Up #2: University of Colorado Boulder

  • Undergraduate certificate available
  • Scholarships available for study abroad programs
  • International Business Club

The University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business was founded in 1906 and is among the ten oldest business schools in the nation. Undergraduate students can pursue a BSBA with a variety of required areas of emphasis that consist of 15-18 credits of coursework. In addition, students can include a 9-credit area of application in international business. Courses in this area consist of international business management, international marketing, international financial management and international operations management.

Business students may also choose to pursue the 27-credit Certificate in International Business, featuring three of the four aforementioned courses as well as six elective business-related arts and sciences courses. These courses include topics such as economic geography, comparative politics and international relations. Requirements for the certificate program also include foreign language coursework and international experience, such as a study abroad program or an international internship.

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