MBA Programs in the Denver Area with Course Descriptions

Six 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.

  • Colorado Heights University primarily serves immigrant and first-generation American students as well as international students. The school, located about nine miles from central Denver, offers an MBA program focused on international business.
  • Located less than a mile 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 roughly eight miles from Denver's downtown area.

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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.

Colorado Heights University University of Colorado Denver University of Denver
School Type Four-year; private not-for-profit Four-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 154* 22,791* 11,809*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $12,272* $7,804, in-state; $21,646, out-of-state* $43,458*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Colorado Heights University

Colorado Heights University's MBA in International Business students tackle their subjects through classroom work and real world experience. The program emphasizes active learning, and students can earn credits while they work at their current jobs.

MBA in International Business

MBA students at Colorado Heights University explore modern business from a global perspective. They learn through the case study method and gain experience working in teams. Students can specialize in accounting, healthcare management, corporate finance or environmental management. Practical experience is emphasized, and each student must complete an internship. Applicants to the MBA program must demonstrate proficiency in English and earn an acceptable score on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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.

11-Month MBA

As the name suggests, students earn this degree in less than a year, attending school full-time in an intense program from August through July. This is a cohort program, meaning students take all classes with the same group of fellow students. The 11-Month MBA program focuses on international business and includes a two-week 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 ten 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 every January and July and complete the remainder of their coursework online. Applicants must show at least three years of healthcare management experience. Courses include epidemiology, corporate finance in healthcare, healthcare leadership and healthcare ethics. Students may also choose to specialize in pharmaceutical management.

University of Denver

Students have five degree options in the University of Denver's MBA program, 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 three or more years of professional experience, the full-time MBA takes about 20 months to complete. 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 or marketing or create a customized degree with courses from any University of Denver department.

International MBA

The International MBA can be completed as a full-time or part-time program. The program, offered through the university's Daniels College of Business and the Korbel School of International Studies, stresses business fundamentals as well as the study of global politics and international social issues. In order to graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. The Global Theory in Practice program requires them to spend ten days to two weeks abroad, where they conduct independent research through interviews and surveys to come up with new ideas and procedures for their overseas clients.

One-Year MBA

Students must enroll in the One-Year MBA program within 11 months of earning their bachelor's degree in business. This full-time cohort program consists of 56 hours of coursework and takes 11 months to complete. Students take business review courses, core business courses, the Daniels Compass courses and 24 hours of electives. They may choose a concentration or develop their own degree plan.


Business people with at least two years of business experience can enroll in the PMBA, which can take up to two years to complete. Classes are offered in the evenings or on Saturdays. An international trip is part of the curriculum, which includes 62 hours of required courses and eight hours of electives. The GRE or GMAT are required for admission, as are letters of recommendation, essays and an interview.


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 Team Sail Challenge, a three-day trip during which they learn to sail in San Diego Bay.

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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