Program Director: Mary Malina
Director of Operations: Andrea Szabo
The One Year MBA is the fastest way to earn your MBA and gain valuable work experience at the same time. The program includes a fast-paced curriculum based on today's business world with time for innovative electives that offer relevant specialized content. Consulting projects and competitive paid internships add experience to your degree. Classes are held in person, which provides valuable interactions with faculty and classmates.
The program consists of 8 five-week terms and an international course abroad. There are occasional breaks between terms. You should expect approximately 10 hours a week in class, with another 25 hours as an estimate for homework, studying, and group projects outside of class. Please note that these estimates do not include the time needed for consulting projects, which will generally add another 20-25 hours a week to your time commitment. These estimates also do not include possible time spent at an internship, graduate assistantship or on-campus student employment. These numbers are estimates only and may vary for each student.
Admission and Application Process
The admissions committee considers each candidate's entire record of achievement demonstrated through academic transcripts, GMAT scores, essays, required letters of recommendation, work experience and/or extracurricular and community activities. Interviews are by invitation only and may be completed in-person or through a virtual platform.
Applicants' complete academic records, including GPAs and previous course work, are considered. Undergraduate degrees do not have to be in business, but they must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
The GMAT or GRE is a requirement for application to the One Year MBA Program. Both verbal and quantitative scores on the GMAT/GRE are important indicators of potential for academic success. The GMAT website is www.mba.com.
International applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and earn a minimum score 90 (IBT) or 575 (PBT) TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS to be considered for admission to the One Year MBA Program. Information on taking the TOEFL or IELTS can be obtained by visiting www.ets.org and www.ielts.org.
The admissions committee does not require work experience to apply. Professional experience strengthens the application, as it adds relevance and depth to the learning process and enables candidates to contribute to and benefit from the knowledge of fellow classmates in the accelerated time frame of the program.
The following are required for consideration of admission to the program.
- Application fee (domestic or international as appropriate)
- Online application for graduate admission
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional or academic acquaintances who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional competence
- GMAT or GRE scores taken in the last five years sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. When registering for the GMAT, use code MPB-OG-65; for the GRE use code 4875.
- Official transcripts from each school, college or university previously attended past high school, sent directly to the Business School admissions office. A minimum baccalaureate degree is required
- Include answers to the four essay questions demonstrating a commitment to an accelerated MBA program
- A resumé outlining work experience
- For international students, a minimum official score of 90 (IBT) or 575 (PBT) TOEFL (TOEFL school code: 4875) or 6.5 IELTS is required to apply - test scores are valid for two years after test date
- If invited, a personal interview (in-person or through a virtual platform)
The One Year MBA uses a rolling admission system. The committee reviews applications when they are complete in all respects, including transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores and letters of recommendation.
Space in each cohort is limited, so we urge you to apply as early as possible. Applications open in September for the following fall start. The admission rounds provide timing guidance for you, but the program operates on rolling admissions, meaning completed applications are reviewed as they are received.
- Round One: December 15
- Round Two: February 15
- Round Three: April 15
- International student final deadline: May 15
- Final Round for domestic students: May 31
Scholarships are competitive and limited in number. Apply early for the best opportunity for consideration. In previous years, scholarships were allocated by April.
All of the required admission materials should be sent to:
University of Colorado Denver
The Business School
Campus Box 165, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80127-3364
For further information, contact the One Year MBA Program at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General financial aid is available for qualified students. Students should apply directly through the CU Denver Office of Financial Aid.
The One Year MBA program offers scholarships only for students enrolled in the program. You will be automatically considered for the following scholarships with the submission of your application.
One Year MBA Scholarship
From $1,000-$8,000 based on GPA, GMAT, and professional or personal leadership experience. If you are awarded this scholarship, the award amount will be included in your admission letter. These scholarships are first come first serve. The earlier you apply to the program, the better chance of a scholarship. In previous years, these scholarships were allocated by April, so apply to the program as early as possible to be considered.
If you commit to the One Year MBA program, you will be able to apply for the following additional scholarships. These scholarships are limited in number, but each category could have more than one recipient. These scholarships awards are up to $5,000.
- One Year MBA Leadership Scholarship
- One Year MBA CU Denver Alumni Scholarship
- One Year MBA STEM Scholarship
- One Year MBA Global Citizen Scholarship
These scholarship deadlines are in mid-May, so you must submit your application for the One Year MBA no later than April in order to apply for these scholarships.
CU Denver also has an online portal for internal and external scholarships available to admitted CU Denver students. If admitted to the program, you will be able to access this database of scholarships.
The One Year MBA program consists of 45 credit hours. Your credit hours will be made up of core courses, electives, an international course abroad, and consulting coursework.
No courses may be waived, substituted or transferred into the program. If a student finds it necessary to leave the accelerated program, credits already earned may be transferred to the Professional MBA program.
|AMBA 6201||Leading in Organizations||1.5|
|AMBA 6202||Workforce Management||1.5|
|AMBA 6210||Data Analytics I||1.5|
|AMBA 6211||Data Analytics II||1.5|
|AMBA 6220||Business Law||1.5|
|AMBA 6480||Creating an Ethical Business Culture||1.5|
|AMBA 6230||Financial Accounting||1.5|
|AMBA 6231||Management Accounting||1.5|
|AMBA 6260||Applied Mircoeconomics||1.5|
|AMBA 6261||Applied Macroeconomics||1.5|
|AMBA 6280||Finance Management I||1.5|
|AMBA 6281||Finance Management II||1.5|
|AMBA 6270||Operations Management||1.5|
|AMBA 6271||Supply Chain Management||1.5|
|AMBA 6301||Global Business||1.5|
|AMBA 6240||Marketing Principles||1.5|
|AMBA 6241||Marketing Strategy||1.5|
|AMBA 6251||Data Management Strategy||1.5|
|AMBA 6250||Information Systems Strategy Foundations||1.5|
|AMBA 6290||Strategy Foundations||1.5|
|AMBA 6291||Strategy in Practice||1.5|
|AMBA 6310||International Business Abroad||3|
|AMBA 6330||Introduction to Business Consulting for MBAs||1.5|
|AMBA 6550||Consulting in Practice||1.5|
|Select 7.5 credit hours 1||7.5|
|Examples of electives have included such courses as:|
Visual Analytics for Big Data
Digital Marketing Strategy
Digital Marketing Analytics
Applied Business Consulting
Managerial Accounting Seminar
These electives are subject to change each year. Students who have an approved internship for credit, earn three credits of elective credit.