MBA Programs in the Denver Area with Course Descriptions

Five schools around Denver have Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. To find the right one for you, read an overview of the admission and program requirements at three universities located within ten miles of downtown.

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Denver MBA Schools

Students seeking an MBA in Denver have their choice of a variety of schools. This article explores the many program offerings, focus areas and coursework available at three universities. It also includes a table of statistics on each institution for comparison, as well as some details on a couple of other school options in the area.

  • Located 7.9 miles from downtown, the University of Colorado - Denver, the largest school listed here, offers several MBAs with multiple specialization areas and program formats. Students can also complete dual-degree programs that lead to an MBA and another master's degree.
  • At the University of Denver, the Daniels College of Business has received top rankings from publications including U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. It offers several MBA program options, including one designed to be completed in a year. The campus is 4.1 miles from Denver's downtown area.
  • Johnson & Wales University is located 4.2 miles from downtown Denver and offers several different MBA programs with specializations ranging from hospitality to sport leadership. These programs are designed to be completed by professionals in as little as a year of study.

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Comparison of Schools

Take a look at the following table to learn more about the profiled schools. The stats and facts, especially when it comes to tuition costs, could help you decide which university does - or does not - meet your needs.

University of Colorado Denver University of Denver Johnson & Wales University
School Type Four-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit Four-year, private not-for profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,839* 11,434* 1,170*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,839, in-state; $23,499 out-of-state* $47,823* $13,008*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver offers five options for MBAs, with flexible class schedules and many choices for specializations. Students also can earn specialized dual degrees that combine an MBA with a Master of Science.

Professional MBA (PMBA)

This is the most popular MBA program at the University of Colorado Denver. It offers evening and online course options that accommodate the schedules of employed professionals. The PMBA program, which can be completed in as few as 16 months or as long as five years, consists of 48 credit hours; 30 are generally required business courses while three hours focus on international business. The remaining 15 hours are used for elective graduate-level business courses.

One Year MBA

As the name suggests, students earn this degree in a year, attending school full-time in an intense program that starts in August. This is a cohort program, meaning students take all classes with the same group of fellow students. The One Year MBA program focuses on international business and includes an overseas trip to observe business activities in other countries. Many scholarships and awards are available for students.

Health Administration MBA

Designed for healthcare managers who want to become senior-level administrators, this program requires 48 credit hours and includes business core courses and courses in healthcare policy and management. Students can specialize in international health policy and management, health information technology management or financial health management. A one- to two-year management residency at a healthcare provider gives MBA candidates a chance to apply what they've learned as they consider their career goals.

Executive MBA (EMBA)

This MBA program, which can be completed in under two years, focuses on teaching executives how to look at the big picture, develop leadership skills and make sound decisions. Students need at least eight years of professional experience as decision-makers and must currently be employed in a managerial role. Many specialization options allow the EMBA candidates to create a degree that will best suit their professional needs.

EMBA Health Administration

This program is designed for practicing healthcare administrators. The 48-credit hour program takes two years to complete. Students meet on campus for one week, five times during the two years, and complete the remainder of their coursework online. Applicants must show at least three years of healthcare management experience. Courses include healthcare marketing, corporate finance in healthcare, healthcare leadership and healthcare ethics.

University of Denver

Students have four degree options in the University of Denver's MBA program through the Daniels Schools of Business, with numerous opportunities for specializations within those degree programs. Class schedules are flexible in many programs to accommodate working students.

Full-time MBA

Designed for students with two or more years of professional experience, the full-time MBA includes 80 credit hours. The curriculum includes core courses in business as well as courses designed to give students an ethical framework. Students can focus on particular business topics such as accounting, finance, business analytics, real estate or marketing or create a customized degree with courses from any University of Denver department.

Part-Time Professional MBA

This MBA program is designed for early to mid-career professionals looking to learn more and advance their professional opportunities. While still continuing their career, students can complete this MBA program in about 21 months. Students may complete the program without a concentration in 60 credits or with a concentration for 68 credits.


The EMBA at the University of Denver is an accelerated program of 24 courses, which equal 60 credit hours. Classes are offered on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, and it takes 18 months to earn the degree. The program is designed for students with a minimum of ten years professional experience with at least eight as a manager. Management, finance, global business and corporate finance are among the topics explored in this program. Students must develop a social capital project and a business plan for a new venture. They choose a destination and take an international study trip as a group. Most notably, the program requires that students participate in the Team Sail Challenge, a three-day trip during which they learn to sail in the San Diego Bay.

Online MBA

Offering flexibility to students, the University of Denver also offers an online MBA program. This program offers a combination of live classes, self-paced coursework and three-day events. Students learn the necessary knowledge and skills required of today's business leaders including entrepreneurship, management, economics, teamwork and communication.

Johnson & Wales University

Students at Johnson & Wales University have nine concentration options that they can choose from for an MBA as well as a general track. Options include hospitality, organizational leadership, supply chain management, nonprofit management, information security, human resource management, sport leadership, organizational psychology and finance.


Students in the Denver MBA program take classes online and in-person through a hybrid model of education. Course requirements include 36-42 credits, of which 9 credits are electives. Core courses for all specializations as well as the general track include ethics, leadership, global economics, financial reporting, strategic marketing and research and inquiry.

Other Schools

MBAs are also available at two four-year, private not-for-profit schools in Denver, Colorado Christian University, located about eight miles from downtown Denver, and Regis University, roughly six miles from downtown.

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