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University of Denver – Daniels College of Business


The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business was founded in 1908, making it the eighth oldest business school in the country and the oldest university in the Rocky Mountains. Daniels touts ethics and hands-on learning as the hallmarks of the MBA program. The school earned its AACSB accreditation in 1923, and moved to its permanent campus in south Denver in 1966. Previously known as the College of Business Administration, the school adopted the Daniels name after Colorado native and noted philanthropist Bill Daniels donated a substantial “challenge” grant 1989 to the business school, aiming to re-design the curriculum with a strong focus on leadership and business fundamentals. In 1994, the faculty voted to rename the College of Business Administration after Daniels, as the name stands today.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 91 (tie)


The University of Denver is located in South Denver, about seven miles south of the city center and a quick 15-minute drive down I-25. The urban-adjacent campus makes DU a perfect location for internship and job opportunities within the greater Denver metro area, and many students take advantage of the booming job market after graduation. The Daniels Building, which houses the majority of the post-graduate business programs, is located on the northeast side of DU’s campus. In total, Daniels spreads across three academic buildings and 190,000 square feet.


Three different academic buildings comprise the Daniels College of Business, with the majority of MBA classes held in the Daniels Building. The Daniels Building opened in 1999 following an $11 million donation from Bill Daniels. This six-floor main building offers state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms, dining options, and spacious common areas. In addition to the Daniels Building, the business school also holds classes in the Joy Burns Center and Margery Reed Hall. The Joy Burns Center, opened in 2005, is home to the Knoebel School of Management, the Daniels Executive Education program, and several conference and laboratory spaces. A few years later in 2008, Daniels acquired Margery Reed Hall, home to the Daniels undergraduate programs.


Daniels makes a point to hire excellent faculty with ethics-based teaching strategies in order to stay consistent with the school’s specific approach. There are about 120 faculty members, 80 percent of which are full-time.

Student Body

Approximately 220 students are enrolled in the post-graduate business programs at University of Denver Daniels College of Business.

MBA Degrees

In addition to the traditional full-time MBA, the Daniels College of Business also offers a part-time Professional MBA, an Executive MBA, and MBA@Denver, an online program.

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