Colorado State University College of Business

Program Structure

Colorado State’s Online MBA is unique in that the degree is earned 100 percent online, as opposed to many other programs that require an on-campus component. Because of this, students can earn their degree from anywhere in the world. The 21-month, 42-credit program is delivered via self-paced lectures over the course of five semesters. Students who require more time can spread this out and take up to five years to complete the MBA, if they so choose. The school’s advanced technology allows students to take online classes and watch recorded lectures while receiving the exact same content as the students on campus. By allowing the class to continue working and determine their own schedule, students are presented with the unique opportunity of immediately applying classroom learning to their ongoing professional careers.


Similar to the other MBA formats at Colorado State, the Online MBA is a 42-credit program comprised of 36 core credits and six elective credits. Students can choose their own pace, taking between two and five years to complete the program, depending on their schedules and other commitments.


The career counselors at the dedicated Career Management Center work with each student one-on-one to cultivate goals and advise on internships and career paths, help with résumé and interview preparation, and provide ample opportunity for networking and career events.

The dedicated team within the Career Management Center works to offer comprehensive support in all facets of career searching and personal and professional development. Events include the Job and Internship Expo, company mixers, industry panels, and career-focused workshops designed for students to hone in on marketable skills and strategies. The school also partners with employers directly to help identify the best fits for future employment opportunities. Additionally, the CMC lists several online resources to aid students in their career exploration: Handshake, a database for job postings, event information, and interview opportunities; EPIC, an online tool with learning guides for students to study and incorporate into their job search; Newsletter, a Business School publication to keep students informed on the latest events and offerings; and Listserv, a personalized database for internship and full-time job opportunities.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated 2017-18 tuition and fees for full-time students is $40,368 for the five-semester program. For part-time students who require eight semesters to complete the program, tuition is $40,897. A few select scholarships are offered to online MBA students, as well as various grants, loans, and work study opportunities.
Admissions Procedures

Unlike many other MBA programs, applicants to the Online MBA do not need to submit a GMAT score, as the school believes that evaluating old test scores after several years of work experience is an antiquated requirement. A completed application consists of a data form, transcripts from all institutions attended with a minimum GPA of a 3.0, proof of at least four years of work experience, a résumé and a statement of purpose, and three professional recommendations.

Application Deadlines

For August start dates: July 1 for all applicants
For October start dates: Sept. 1 for all applicants
For January start dates: Dec. 1 for all applicants
For March start dates: Feb. 1 for all applicants
For May start dates: April 1 for all applicants