Admissions at a Glance

The 2018 application is now open. Apply today.

Program Start Dates

September and March

(*The full-time Denver MBA, MS in Management and MS in Marketing are September start only.)

Application Deadlines

The 2018 application is now open. Apply today.

Daniels encourages applicants to submit a completed application as early as possible to secure a place in our programs. Once we have received your online application and application fee we will render an admissions decision as outlined below. All application materials must be received by the deadline to be considered for that particular round. Not all candidates may be invited to interview. An invitation to interview may come at any point. Our goal is a smooth and responsive admissions process.

Fall Quarter Entry (Classes start in early September)

Deadlines Application Deadline Notification Date Deposit Deadline
Round 1 November 1 December 15 March 1
Round 2 January 15 March 15 May 1
Round 3 March 15 May 15 June 15
Round 4 May 1 June 1 July15
  • Merit-based financial assistance includes scholarships and graduate assistantships.
  • International applicants should apply by March 15 to allow time to obtain a student visa.
  • Applications received after May 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Spring Quarter Entry (Classes start in March)

Deadlines Application Deadline Notification Date Deposit Deadline
Round 1 October 1 November 15 December 15
Round 2 December 1 January 15 February 15
Round 3 January 15 February 15 March 1
  • Merit-based financial assistance includes scholarships and graduate assistantships.
  • International applicants should apply by December 1 to allow time to obtain a student visa.
  • Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.
Application Fee

Applicants are required to submit a $100 non-refundable application fee.

As a way of honoring our valued alumni and those who serve our country, past and present, we offer application fee waivers to the following individuals:

  • University of Denver alumni
  • Current and former members of the U.S. military
  • Current and former members of Peace Corps
  • Current and former members of AmeriCorps
  • Current and former members of Teach for America

If you feel as though you qualify for an application fee waiver based on this criteria, please send us a document verifying your participation in one of these organizations (or for University of Denver alumni, please send us your DU ID) so that we can waive this requirement for you.

Enrollment Deposit

If accepted into the program, a $500 enrollment deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is non-refundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

Application Checklist

TRANSCRIPTS

Applicants must request current transcripts from each higher education institution attended. Students must earn a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) prior to enrollment.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, applicants must submit original copies of the transcripts as well as official, certified English translations of those documents. Transcripts must be in officially sealed envelopes, sent directly from the issuing institution. Documents that arrive in opened envelopes and/or marked “issued to student” will not be considered official. For applicants who attended regionally-accredited educational institutions in India, we require individual mark sheets for all semesters with all attempts of examination.

Submitting Unofficial vs. Official Transcripts:

Official Transcript:

  • Sealed and mailed directly from the issuing institution
  • Sealed and hand-delivered to the University of Denver
  • Electronically transferred directly to the University of Denver

Unofficial:

  • Student provided email, copy, opened envelope from issuing institution
  • We cannot accept pictures or images of transcript as unofficial or official

The Office of Graduate Admissions accepts up-to-date, unofficial transcripts for admissions consideration; however, applicants must submit final, official transcripts if admitted to the program.

Evidence of degree earned:

Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., a copy of a diploma or certificate) with an English translation. Proof of degree documents must be in officially sealed university envelopes. The Office of International Admission will evaluate the equivalency of degrees earned outside the United States. If the student is currently enrolled in a program, we must receive an official certificate of enrollment from the issuing institution.

Where to send official transcripts:

Paper documents

Office of Graduate Admissions
Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
2101 S University Blvd, Ste 255
Denver, CO 80208-8921
USA

Official transcripts sent through a secure email service should be directed to daniels@du.edu.

GMAT OR GRE

Applicants will need to submit a GMAT or GRE score during the application process.

To have your GMAT scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes:

  • Denver MBA (full-time) MZR-GT-43
  • Professional MBA MZR-GT-07
  • Executive MBA MZR-GT-62
  • Master of Accountancy MZR-GT-82
  • Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance MZR-GT-04
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics MZR-GT-47
  • Master of Science in Management MZR-GT-31
  • Master of Science in Marketing MZR-GT-65
  • Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment MZR-GT-58
  • Executive Master of Science in Real Estate and the Built Environment MZR-GT-03

To have your GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following code:

  • GRE code | 4842

Not required of Executive MBA candidates who have the required work and management experience.

ESSAYS

Essays are assessed for clarity, organization, conciseness and grammar. Through the essays, you can communicate what you hope to achieve at Daniels and how you will contribute to the Daniels community. Take advantage of the third optional open-topic essay to let us know what sets you apart from other applicants.

Essay 1:

What contribution will you make to the Daniels learning environment? Include examples of previous experiences that demonstrate your readiness for graduate school, specific to the program for which you are applying (maximum 350 words).

Essay 2:

Describe an ethical dilemma you have encountered. Explain alternatives you considered and how you determined the best action to take (maximum 350 words).

Essay 3:

Provide any additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider concerning your professional experience, personal accomplishments or academic record (maximum 350 words).

WORK EXPERIENCE

We do not require work experience for specialized master’s degrees. However, MBA degrees require at least two years of full-time professional work experience; three years is preferred. The Executive MBA degree requires ten years of work experience, with at least eight in a progressively responsible management role. In reviewing your work experience, we consider your achievements, managerial or leadership potential, contributions to the community, personal ethics and values and motivation for a graduate business degree.

PROFESSIONAL RÉSUMÉ

In addition to documenting your level of work experience in the online application, you will be required to submit a résumé demonstrating the scope of your professional experience and educational achievements.

Please refer to this link for examples of a professional résumé.

ADMISSION INTERVIEW

Qualified applicants may be invited to complete an admissions interview on campus or via Skype. The admissions interview is an opportunity for both you and Daniels admissions staff to evaluate whether or not the program is a good fit.

After you have completed all other application requirements, your graduate admissions manager will contact you via email to schedule the interview.

By invitation only.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

For International Students Only

TOEFL: A score of 240(paper-based), 587(computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is preferred to consider an applicant for admission (no less than a 20 TOEFL on any section of the test). Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language ability, or exceptional academic performance.

IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher is preferred to consider an applicant for admission. Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language, or exceptional academic performance.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate: A score of 185 overall (with no sub-score below 170) is preferred for admissions consideration. Students must present a minimum grade of C on this certificate as sufficient proof of English proficiency. Please supply us with your Candidate’s ID Number and Candidate’s Secret Number and we will be happy to verify your results.

Possible Exemptions: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials. Contact the Admission Office for clarification.

FINANCIAL, VISA AND ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

For International Students Only

When are the financial and visa documents required? International applicants are required to provide certain documents in order to receive immigration materials from the University of Denver. Generally, these items are not required until after an applicant is offered admission.

Review the University’s Requirements

Military & Veteran Applicants

Daniels values veterans, military service members and their dependents in our community. As a veteran, you may be eligible for education benefits including tuition assistance, the G.I. Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program and other military educational benefits. If you’re ready to embark on the next phase of your journey, we’re here to help you reach your academic and professional goals.

The Steps to Take
  1. Learn more about the GI Bill and other educational benefits offered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
  2. Apply for GI Bill educational benefits. Please note, applying for benefits must be done no less than six months prior to class start. We recommend applying early, eight months to one year prior to class start, to ensure your benefits are in place.
  3. Apply to Daniels. You will follow the same application process as all applicants.

Tuition

Tuition for Daniels graduate programs is based on a cost-per-credit hour set by the University of Denver. Tuition costs are the same for all students whether they are residents or nonresidents of Colorado.

Please contact a Graduate Admissions Manager for tuition information.

*Expenses for subsequent academic years may be higher due to tuition and cost-of-living increases. The University of Denver reserves the right to make changes in tuition, additional program charges and fees or refund policies without advanced notice.

Financial Aid

Financial aid available to graduate students includes:

Merit-based Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships and Work-Study
  • The majority of merit-based scholarships, Graduate Assistantship (GA) and work-study positions are offered at the time of acceptance to a Daniels graduate program.
  • Scholarships and GA positions are awarded based on extraordinary academic performance and relevant work experience. There is no separate application process; decisions are based on your graduate-school application. GA positions provide a tuition waiver and a small stipend.
  • Work-study positions are available for graduate students who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA form. The average salary is $14.00/hour, 10 hours per week.
  • The GMAT/GRE is required of all those wishing to be considered for merit-based scholarships, work-study positions and Graduate Assistantships.
  • Both U.S. and international students are considered for merit-based scholarships, work-study positions and Graduate Assistantships.
  • Most merit-based scholarships for MS programs range from $5,000–$24,000 total and $10,000–$60,000 total for the full-time Denver MBA, disbursed equally over the duration of a student’s program.
Need-based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships, which range from $1,500–$6,000 per year, for a maximum of two years, may be awarded after the student has confirmed their attendance at Daniels. The amount is dependent on the level of need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please contact the University of Denver, Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Student Loans

Many graduate students at Daniels College of Business help fund their education through loans. All federal loans require the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must be U.S. citizens. For more information, visit the University of Denver, Office of Financial Aid.

Employer Reimbursement

The University of Denver encourages participation from students whose tuition is reimbursed by their employers. The reimbursement program allows students to defer payment until after final grades have been distributed each quarter. For more information, view the Employer Reimbursed Payments section of the Bursar’s Office website.

Application FAQs

WHAT ARE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS?

TOEFL: A score of 240(paper-based), 587(computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is preferred to consider an applicant for admission (no less than a 20 TOEFL on any section of the test). Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language ability, or exceptional academic performance.

IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher is preferred to consider an applicant for admission. Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language, or exceptional academic performance.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate: Students must present a minimum grade of C on this certificate as sufficient proof of English proficiency. Please supply us with your Candidate’s ID Number and Candidate’s Secret Number and we will be happy to verify your results.

Possible Exemptions: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials. Contact the Admission Office for clarification.

DO YOU WAIVE APPLICATION FEES?

As a way of honoring our valued alumni and those who serve our country, past and present, we offer application fee waivers to the following individuals:

  • University of Denver alumni
  • Current and former members of the U.S. military
  • Current and former members of Peace Corps
  • Current and former members of AmeriCorps
  • Current and former members of Teach for America

If you feel as though you qualify for an application fee waiver based on this criteria, please send us a document verifying your participation in one of these organizations (or for University of Denver alumni, please send us your DU ID) so that we can waive this requirement for you.

WHAT IS THE TOEFL/IELTS WAIVER POLICY?

International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials. Contact the Admission Office for clarification.

WHAT REQUIRED ACTION IS NEEDED TO SUBMIT AN I-20?

When are the financial and visa documents required? International applicants are required to provide certain documents in order to receive immigration materials from the University of Denver. Generally, these items are not required until after an applicant is offered admission.

Review the University’s Requirements

WHERE SHOULD OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS BE SENT?

Official transcripts should be sent in a school sealed envelope to:
Graduate Admissions
Daniels College of Business
University of Denver
2101 S. University Blvd, Suite 255
Denver, CO 80208
U.S.A.

*Multiple transcripts may be sent to us in one envelope, as long as they are stamped and sealed in their respective school envelopes first before being combined into a larger envelope. Transcripts that have been opened prior to arriving at Daniels are not considered “official.”

**International transcripts do not need to be certified by an outside firm such as WES.

***International students must submit transcripts in their original language, as well as an English translation (if the original is not in English).

****Unofficial transcripts can be used for evaluation purposes, but we need the official copies if a student is accepted

WHERE CAN I FIND INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY TO THE DANIELS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS GRADUATE PROGRAMS?

Instructions can be found in the Applying section on our website. To apply for the MBA@Denver(Online) MBA, follow this link.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED GMAT OR GRE SCORE

There is no minimum required score, but the average GMAT is near 650 and the average GRE is 310. Lower scores may be compensated for by strength in other aspects of your application.

DO YOU ACCEPT THE GRE INSTEAD OF THE GMAT? AND IS THERE ONE THAT YOU PREFER?

Yes, we accept both the GMAT and the GRE. There are no preferences, but your scores should demonstrate a balance between verbal and quantitative skills. If you have taken the exams multiple times, we will consider your highest scores.

IS THE GMAT/GRE REQUIREMENT EVER WAIVED?

The GMAT/GRE is never waived for The Denver MBA program, but it can be waived for other programs based on work experience and undergraduate degree. For that, please contact the Admissions Manager for the program you’re applying for.

WHAT IS THE COST OF TUITION FOR THE SCHOOL? AND ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD OPPORTUNITIES?

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,320/credit, however, Daniels automatically evaluates every single accepted applicant for merit-based scholarships; no additional application is necessary. These awards are based upon academic performance, testing results, relevant professional experience and other soft considerations gleaned through essays and letters of recommendation. As of this academic year, scholarships for master of science applicants generally range between $5,000 and $24,000 and $5,000 to $60,000+ for The Denver MBA over the course of the program and we notify applicants of their awards upon acceptance.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-STATE AND OUT-OF-STATE TUITION?

No, our tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM OVERALL GPA REQUIRED?

The minimum overall GPA required is 2.5, with the average being 3.4. It is important to note, however, that the Admissions Committee also takes into account other aspects of the application to make a final decision.

DO YOU OFFER ANY STEM-DESIGNATED DEGREES?

Both the Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance and the Master of Science in Business Analytics are STEM-designated programs, giving international students the opportunity of remaining in the country for up to 36 months post-graduation to acquire work experience. For more information on STEM and employment authorizations for international students, visit the ISSS website.

DOES IT MATTER WHICH APPLICATION DEADLINES I CHOOSE?

We recommend applying when you believe your application is strongest. We’d prefer you apply by a later deadline with a strong application than to rush to meet an early deadline. We offer three deadlines for the Spring intake: October 1, December 1 (final deadline for international applicants) and January 15 and four deadlines for the Fall: November 1, January 15, March 15 (final deadline for international applicants) and May 1. While we have seats available through all of the deadlines, we don’t recommend waiting for the last deadline to apply.

I APPLIED LAST TERM AND MY APPLICATION WAS DENIED. CAN I REAPPLY AND WHAT IS THE REAPPLICATION PROCESS?

Yes, you may reapply to the same program for a different start term. You will need to start a new application, but we will be able to use the same documents that you submitted the last time. In addition, you will be required to submit a short letter discussing how your application has changed or improved from last time.

IF I AM ENROLLED IN A PROGRAM OUTSIDE OF DU, CAN I TRANSFER TO DANIELS?

We can transfer in up to two courses to a degree program from an accredited graduate program. You will need to supply the syllabus and transcript to have the credits approved. If you are far along in another graduate program at another University, you can apply to take non-degree credits through the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business, and transfer them back to your degree issuing institution.

CAN I DO A DUAL DEGREE IN THE MBA OR MS PROGRAMS?

You can do a dual MBA and MS program. To take advantages of dual degrees and receiving a reduction in credits on both programs, the student needs to add the second program halfway through their first one.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - I HAVE ALREADY USED THE OPT AUTHORIZATION IN MY PREVIOUS MASTER'S DEGREE. IF I AM GETTING A NEW DEGREE, WOULD I BE ABLE TO USE THE OPT AUTHORIZATION AGAIN?

No, you will not be able to use the OPT authorization for two master’s degrees. For more information on OPT authorization, please visit the ISSS website.

DO I NEED TO HAVE A BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE TO BE ACCEPTED?

No, a business undergraduate degree is not required, we accept students from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do require that all students have earned a regionally-accredited undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) prior to enrollment.