School and Ranking Information
With only one school located directly in Colorado Springs, CO, offering international business studies, students in the area seeking this type of education may need to look more than 75 miles from the city for relevant programs. The following schools are considered the top three based on rankings, levels of study offered and graduation rates:
- Winner: The University of Denver is the winner because of its overall national and business program rankings and because it awards the highest number of degrees in this field. It is also the only school among the three offering both bachelor's and master's degrees in international business.
- Runner Up #1: Since it boasts the highest graduation rate and is the only school based in Colorado Springs, Colorado College earns the first runner up spot. Students will find a bachelor's degree program relating to international business at this school.
- Runner Up #2: The University of Colorado - Denver comes in as the third school because it awards the fewest degrees in international business and has the lowest graduation rate. It does, however, have a national ranking and is the largest of the schools by student population. It has a master's degree program in international business.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Denver||Colorado College||University of Colorado - Denver|
|Rankings|| 72nd for top undergraduate business programs, nationwide* (2012),
83rd for top national universities* (2013)
|28th for top liberal arts colleges, nationwide* (2013)|| 117th for top undergraduate business programs, nationwide* (2012),
189th for top national universities* (2013)
|Location||Denver, CO (about 59 miles from downtown Colorado Springs)||Colorado Springs, CO||Denver, CO (about 64 miles from downtown Colorado Springs)|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees in 2012-13|| $39,177 (undergraduate),
|$41,892 (undergraduate)**||$7,358 (graduate, in-state)**,
$20,676 (graduate, out-of-state)**
|International Business Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's degree||Master's Degree|
|International Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-12||135**||25**||11**|
|Most Popular International Business Program in 2011-12||Bachelor's degree in international business (77 awarded)**||Bachelor's degree in international political economy (25 awarded)**||Master's degree in international business (11 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||76%**||90%**||45% (35% transfer-out rate)**|
|Noteworthy||The oldest university in the Rocky Mountain area||The college's Block Plan allows its students to solely focus on one class over a three-and-a-half week period||The school's Career Center helps students craft resumes and transfer their academic knowledge into a professional career|
*U.S. News & World Report rankings, **National Center for Education Statistics.
Winner: University of Denver
- Students can study abroad in such foreign countries as Tanzania, Rwanda and Cambodia
- The school's Daniels Pioneer Network gives students connections to over 33,000 different students, alumni and business leaders for mentoring and networking
The most popular international business program at the University of Denver, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, is the school's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program in international business, which includes core business courses and international business major courses. Students can learn about international politics, international economics, global marketing strategies and multinational management. Students learn how to make socially and environmentally just business decisions. Individuals must also study abroad in order to complete the program.
The University of Denver also offers an International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) program. The program trains students to think critically, communicate in culturally diverse environments and lead business teams ethically. IMBA students must complete an international study experience and become proficient in a second language. Through the Global Opportunity program, they can work to help realize a sustainable development project in a foreign country. Or, students can participate in a more traditional study abroad program.
Runner-Up #1: Colorado College
- Graduates of the school's program can go on to earn positions working for international corporations, government offices, private foundations or other international organizations
- The school's Economics and Business Department hosts several different guest speakers over the course of the school year
In Colorado College's international political economy program, students learn how the governments, social structures and ideologies of different cultures interact with each other and come together to affect the global economy. Students are required to take five units of political science courses, such as American political theory or introductory political economy. They are also required to take five units of business and economics courses, such as economic systems, international trade principles or global finance.
Competence in a foreign language or study abroad is a required component of the program. Students also complete a capstone research experience that includes a seminar course and an international political economy thesis paper or a political science thesis paper. Those who have a high GPA and whose thesis papers are considered exceptional by the faculty may receive a Distinction in International Political Economy award.
Runner-Up #2: University of Colorado - Denver
- This university is one of only 30 universities in the country to be named by the U.S. Department of Education as a Center for International Business Education Research
- Students can complete programs online and/or in the evening to fit their individual schedules
The Denver campus of the University of Colorado offers a Master of Science (MS) degree program in international business. The program requires students to take general business coursework in team management, financial management, data analysis and applied economics. Additionally, the international business core courses include international negotiations, global management, international accounting and global enterprise. Students can also earn a dual MBA/MS degree in international business. To fulfill graduation requirements, they must learn a second language and either take advanced business courses, study abroad, complete an internship or write a thesis.