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University of Colorado – Denver Business School - Professional MBA

CU Denver Business School Professional MBA Program Structure

The Professional MBA is one of the most popular of the MBA options at the Denver Business School, offering a flexible schedule that allows both full-time, part-time, and online students to complete the program at their own pace. Like the school’s accelerated full-time option, the program requires 45 credits to complete. Most students finish the program within two to three years.

Multiple dual degree options are also available with the CU Denver Business School Professional MBA, including an MS in accounting, business analytics, taxation, and much more.


Because the Professional MBA is self-paced, students create their own class schedule and complete their degree on their own personal timeline. Due to this highly customizable nature of the program, students are not members of a cohort and do not take classes with the same people each term.

Among the 45 credits required to complete the program, the bulk (30 credits) are comprised of core courses, with 12 credits worth of specialization/electives, and three additional credits worth for the international business course.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 74 (tie)

Class Profile

An estimated 440 students are currently enrolled in the CU Denver Business School Professional MBA program. The majority are male at 60.2 percent, with 39.8 percent female students.

These students are, on average, 31-years old an earned a 554 GMAT score, and a 3.4 undergraduate GPA. The overall acceptance rate of the program is 74.8 percent.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Denver Business School professional MBA tuition for a Colorado resident is $626 per credit, and $1,378 per credit for a non-Colorado resident. Out-of-state students only taking courses online pay $731 per credit. Over 45 credits, this total comes to:

• $28,170 for Colorado residents
• $62,010 for out-of-state residents
• $32,895 for out-of-state online-only students

Estimated total costs increase with additional fees, plus cost of books and other materials.

Students in the program may be eligible for the Dean’s Super Merit Scholarship, which is offered to students that score a 680 or higher on the GMAT, as well as the MBA Outstanding Scholarship.


Applicants to Denver Business School must submit a completed online application form, GMAT scores with a minimum of a 500, official transcripts from all institutions attended, a professional résumé, personal essays, two letters of recommendation, and a TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable. Personal interviews are not part of the admissions process.

GMAT waivers are available on a case-by-case basis.

Admissions deadlines are as follows:


Domestic Applications

  • Priority: April 15
  • Final:  July 15

 International Applications

  • Priority: March 15
  • Final: May 15


Domestic Applications

  • Priority: October 15
  • Final: December 15

International Applications

  • Priority: September 15
  • Final: October 15

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