The Denver MBA is a financial investment in your future. Like any sound investment, your MBA will yield positive outcomes for years to come. The Denver MBA has a unique, all-inclusive tuition structure. Your $83,000 investment includes tuition and the global challenge trip. Nominal University fees are additional.

At Daniels, we partner with you to ensure that the process of financing your education is as simple as possible. A large majority of The Denver MBA students receive scholarships or graduate assistantships. Scholarship dollars offered to students range from $10,000 to $80,000. Other forms of financial assistance include federal and private loans.

  • Merit-based scholarships and assistantships are offered to both domestic and international students at the time of acceptance based on the application for admission. A separate application is not required.
  • Domestic Students: For all other government funding, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at If you are selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will contact you to submit further documentation.


The Daniels Graduate Admissions Office awards a number of merit-based scholarships to exceptional students who illustrate excellence in several areas of their applications. All admitted applicants will automatically be considered for merit scholarships, and no additional material is required for consideration. There are multiple scholarships available under each category listed.

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship is awarded to exceptional applicants with an extremely impressive academic background and outstanding test scores.

$38,000—$60,000 and up

Director's Scholarship

The Director’s Scholarship is awarded to those who have very strong credentials and have exhibited an exemplary commitment to academics based on review of their entire application.


The Daniels Leaders Scholarship

The Daniels Leaders Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and experience. This award is often presented in addition to one of our other scholarships.


Daniels Pioneer Scholarship

The Daniels Pioneer Scholarship is granted to individuals who have a strong academic track record and/or noteworthy professional work experience.


Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to candidates who will enhance the diversity of our student body, including students from underrepresented populations. Candidates will be automatically considered for a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship provided they meet the requirements of merit-based scholarships.


National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)

Applicants of Hispanic heritage, or applicants who have demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community, will be automatically considered for a NSHMBA scholarship provided they meet the requirements of merit-based scholarships.


Endowed and Named Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, or both, and are generally awarded to a specific area of study.

Admissions Criteria & GMAT/GRE

Given the rigor of the Daniels program, we seek students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in an academic setting. Graduate students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


Submit one official transcript from each higher educational institution you attended in officially sealed envelopes. Transcripts that arrive in opened envelopes are not considered official.

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
2101 S. University Blvd., Suite 255
Denver, CO 80208-8921

Professional Résumé
Submit a résumé that focuses on your unique strengths and accomplishments.

We look for a good balance of verbal and quantitative scores on your GMAT or GRE. All applicants who wish to be considered for maximum merit-based scholarships and graduate assistantships are encouraged to submit a GMAT score. While we do not have a minimum GMAT score, we do suggest that if you score under 550 you may want to consider retaking the test to increase consideration for your candidacy.

To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: The GMAT code is MZR-GT-43 and the GRE code is 4842.

Work Experience
A minimum two years of work experience is required and three years is recommended. In reviewing your work experience, we consider your achievements, managerial or leadership potential, contributions to the community, personal ethics and values and motivation for a graduate business degree.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required from individuals (non-relatives) who can evaluate your academic and/or work performance as well as your potential for success in graduate school. Please provide the email addresses of your recommenders when filling out the online application and let them know they will receive an email from Daniels with instructions on how to submit the completed recommendation form online. If you prefer to contact your recommenders directly, you may download the Letter of Recommendation form and have them send the completed form to

Essays are assessed for clarity, organization, conciseness and grammar. Through the essays, you can communicate what you hope to achieve at Daniels and how you will contribute to the Daniels community. Take advantage of the third optional open-topic essay to let us know what sets you apart from other applicants.

Essay 1:

What contribution will you make to the Daniels learning environment? Include examples of previous experiences that demonstrate your readiness for graduate school, specific to the program for which you are applying (maximum 350 words).

Essay 2:

Describe an ethical dilemma you have encountered. Explain alternatives you considered and how you determined the best action to take (maximum 350 words).

Essay 3:

Provide any additional information you would like the admissions committee to consider concerning your professional experience, personal accomplishments or academic record (maximum 350 words).

Admissions Interview
The admissions interview is an opportunity for both you and Daniels admissions staff to evaluate whether there is a good match. Interviews are conducted on an invitation-only basis. Applicants are contacted by a Daniels representative to schedule the admissions interview, which will be conducted in person or by phone. Most international admission interviews are conducted via web cam.

Get Started

Program Start Dates Late August
Application Fee $100 non-refundable
GMAT or GRE Scores Required. Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships or graduate assistantships are encouraged to take the GMAT. To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: GMAT code is MZR-GT-43 and the GRE code is 4842.
Tuition Deposit If accepted into the program, a $500 deposit is due to reserve your seat. This deposit is non-refundable and is credited toward your first tuition payment.

Application Deadlines for Fall Quarter Entry

November 15 Priority Admission

Merit-based financial assistance consideration

January 15 Round-Two Admission

Merit-based financial assistance consideration

April 15 Round-Three Admission

Merit-based financial assistance consideration on a funds-available basis, final deadline for international students

May 15 Round-Four Admission

Merit-based financial assistance consideration on a funds-available basis

International Applicants

Join students who come to Daniels from around the world for a rigorous business education.

The international student population at the University of Denver makes up approximately 12.5 percent of the total student population, with over 1,500 international students on campus from 92 countries. DU is committed to fostering an international campus, and we welcome you to apply!

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region and is known for its outstanding academics and strong faculty-student collaboration. The University is in a vibrant, growing and safe metropolitan area, a short distance from some of the country’s finest national parks and outdoor recreation. Take the next step toward realizing your goal of earning a degree from a top-ranked business college and contact us today.

Language Requirements
  • TOEFL: A score of  240(paper-based), 587(computer-based), or 94 (Internet-based) is preferred to consider an applicant for admission (no less than a 20 TOEFL on any section of the test). Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language ability, or exceptional academic performance.
  • IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher is preferred to consider an applicant for admission. Those receiving less than these suggested scores will only be admitted under special consideration for outstanding work experience, additional evidence of language, or exceptional academic performance.

Possible Exemptions: International applicants with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution and/or whose native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Alternatively, if an applicant received a postsecondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited institution and the institution’s only language of instruction and examination is English, the applicant may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Please submit proof of these circumstances with application materials. Contact the Admission Office for clarification.

Apply for a Student Visa

Applying for a student visa is easier than you think. Education USA Advising Centers are located worldwide to help you with this process. Find an Education USA Advising Center near you.

After you have been admitted to Daniels, you will need to obtain an F-1 Student Visa (or DS-2019 for a J-1 visa) to attend.

  • Obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 from the University of Denver.
    • Submit the Financial Verification Form and send your bank documents. Students requesting an I-20 to apply for an F-1 Student Visa must show that sufficient funds are available to pay for at least the first year of their degree program as well as the estimated living expenses for any dependents. We assume that this amount will be available for each additional year of study. Currently the estimated minimum amount is $59,087 (the minimum amount for One-year MBA students is $85,560). Students requesting a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 Visa must show that enough money is available to pay for the duration of their degree program as well as the estimated living expenses for any dependents. If you have questions regarding the requirements for J-1 Visas or visas for dependents, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at
    • Fill out the Supplement for International Applicants (SEVIS Supplement) to make sure we received all identification information necessary to issue your complete and correct I-20.
    • If you are already studying at a different university in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa, fill out the Transfer Eligibility Form to complete your transfer to the University of Denver.
    • Submit a copy of your passport.
      Send all documents to:
      Graduate Admissions
      Daniels College of Business University of Denver
      2101 S. University Blvd., Ste. 255
      Denver, CO 80208
      Email to:
Provide an Academic Record of Undergraduate Education

The Daniels College of Business Admissions Committee seeks applicants who have the demonstrated ability to succeed in an academic setting. All applicants are required to provide one official transcript from an accredited university or college, but there are two additional requirements for international applicants:

  • Transcripts: If transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit original copies of the transcripts as well as official English translations of those documents. Transcripts must be in officially sealed envelopes, sent directly from the issuing institution. Documents that arrive in opened envelopes and/or marked “issued to student” will not be considered official. For applicants who attended regionally accredited educational institutions in India, we require individual mark sheets for all semesters with all attempts of examination.
  • Evidence of Degree Earned: Applicants with foreign credentials must also submit official proof of the degree earned (e.g., a copy of a diploma or certificate) with an English translation. Proof of degree documents must be in officially sealed university envelopes. The Office of International Admission will evaluate the equivalency of degrees earned outside the United States.
Resources to Help You Succeed

You’ll find a supportive community and numerous resources to ease your transition into life at Daniels, including:

  • International Student Orientation: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) hosts orientations for new international students each quarter. During orientation, international student advisors and guest speakers will discuss a variety of topics to help you learn about maintaining your immigration status and being successful in your program. All new international graduate students must attend the International Student Orientation.
  • International Student Groups: The Daniels community includes many student groups that support the needs and interests of international students, such as the Asian Student Alliance, Latina/o Student Alliance and the Arab student Association. See all student groups.
  • Extracurricular Academic Support: From technology coaching to writing assistance at the DU Writing Center, you’ll find faculty, staff and fellow students eager to help.
Off Campus and Student Housing

The University of Denver has limited on campus apartment housing and resources for off campus living in the DU neighborhood.

  • Off Campus Living: Utilize resources to find off campus housing in the DU neighborhood and surrounding areas in Denver.

Military & Veteran Applicants

Daniels values veterans, military service members and their dependents in our community. As a veteran you may be eligible for education benefits including tuition assistance under the GI Bill. If you’re ready to embark on the next phase of your journey, we’re here to help you reach your academic and professional goals.

For assistance and questions, contact: Michelle Hanson, Office of the Registrar, at 303.871.4878 or visit for more information.

The Steps to Take
Military Services

In order to use your Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, you must complete an application to the VA for Education Benefits. This can be done online on theVONAPP website.

  • If you are a veteran who has not received previous education benefits, please complete a 22-1990 (PDF).
  • If you are a veteran who has previously received education benefits and you need to declare a new degree program at the University of Denver, please complete a 22-1995 (PDF).
  • If you are the dependent of a veteran and you have never received education benefits, please complete a 22-5490 (PDF).
  • If you are the dependent of a veteran who has received education benefits previously and you need to declare a new degree program at the University of Denver, please complete a 22-5495 (PDF).

You will also need to complete an “Application for Veteran Education Benefits.” This form will be used only at the University of Denver for our records. This form helps our office locate your information within our student records system and the VA certification system.

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Effective August 1, 2014, the tuition and fees are capped at $20,235.02 annually. The yellow ribbon program is available at the University of Denver for an unlimited number of yellow ribbon eligible veterans at a cap of $2,500 annually. Chapter 33 students will receive a monthly housing allowance based on the basic allowance for housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. The veteran will also receive an annual book and supplies stipend of $1,000 based on enrollment.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. For more information, please
Statement of Understanding

You are responsible for notifying the School Certifying Official at the University of Denver (Michelle Hanson, 303.871.4878 or within 72 hours if any of the following changes are made:

  • Increase or decrease in hours
  • Withdrawal from class
  • Complete withdrawal from the University
  • Change of Address
  • Incompletes received instead of grades

A reduction in your course load may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits and a debt to the VA. You will be responsible for paying back any and all debts to the Veteran’s Administration if an overpayment is made.


Application Fee Waiver

As a way of honoring our valued alumni and those who serve our country (past and present) we offer application fee waivers to the following individuals:

  • University of Denver alumni
  • Current and former members of the U.S. military
  • Current and former members of Peace Corps
  • Current and former members of AmeriCorps
  • Current and former members of Teach for America
If you think you qualify for an application fee waiver based on these criteria, please email your request to

Are you ready to challenge yourself?


Samantha Nesper

Graduate Admissions Manager

Samantha Nesper has been working at the Daniels College of Business since 2013, where she started out in Corporate and Community Relations before joining the Office of Graduate Admissions in 2015.
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