University of Colorado, Boulder – Leeds School of Business
The Colorado University Boulder Leeds School of Business, founded in 1906, it is the one of the oldest business schools in the U.S. The school earned its AACSB accreditation in 1937, and began offering doctoral degrees of business in 1960. In 1965, largely due to the success of the doctoral program, the Graduate School of Business began offering master’s degrees.
Formerly known as both College of Comm (then part of the College of Liberal Arts) and the School of Business Administration, the Leeds School of Business gained its name in 2001 after a $35 million donation from the Leeds family. The donation allowed the school to redesign its curriculum and to highlight social responsibility and ethics as the distinctive focus.
• U.S. News & World Report: 65 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 67
• Forbes: 60
Located in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, the CU Boulder campus is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Known for its beautiful natural setting, outdoorsy student body, and thriving intellectual community, Boulder is a perfect destination for post-graduate students. Just 25 miles northeast of Denver, students find no shortage of employment opportunity. With the popular downtown Pearl Street just a mile from campus, Boulder residents enjoy a vibrant art and music scene while surrounded by the iconic Flatiron rock formations.
The Leeds School of Business campus is located about 40 miles from the Denver International Airport.
After establishing doctoral and graduate degree programs, the business school still didn’t have a permanent home. Classes were held in various campus buildings without a central hub. In 1970, the school moved to its current location on the southeast side of campus. But in 2007, following another significant donation, the school officially opened the doors of the Koelbel Building, the newly renovated home for the entire business program. The Koelbel building, named for its generous alumni benefactors, boasts 165,000 square feet of classrooms, conference rooms, teaching laboratories, a business library, a grand atrium, and dining facilities. The Koelbel building is the home to Leeds’s variety of MBA and MS graduate programs.
The Leeds School of Business employs nearly 120 faculty members across six academic areas: accounting, communications, finance, marketing, organizational leadership and information analytics, and strategy, entrepreneurship, and operations.
According to the most recent University of Colorado data, the Leeds School of Business enrolls 185 full-time MBA students and 149 part-time MBA students.
MBA Degree Offerings
The Leeds School of Business offers three MBA programs: a traditional full-time MBA, an evening MBA available in either Boulder or the Parker, CO campus, and an Executive MBA. In addition, there are eight dual degree options offered in conjunction with other schools in the University of Colorado system: a JD/MBA, an MBA/MS in Computer Science, an MBA/MS in Environmental Studies, an MBA/MS in Telecommunications, an MBA/MA in Fine Art & Art History, an MBA/MBA in Theatre and Dance, an MBA/MA in Anthropology, and an MBA/MA in Germanic Languages.