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Many MBA Options

Choose from the Business School’s six different degree programs


CU Denver Business School
​by Amy Vaerewyck | University Communications

When he moved to Denver from New York City, Laurence Hren wanted to add advanced training to his professional expertise. So, he decided to get an MBA from the CU Denver Business School, the largest accredited graduate school of business in Colorado.
 
“There’s a lot to love about this program,” said Hren, who is in the MBA in Health Administration program, one of six MBA degree choices offered by the Business School. “Being a fully accredited and nationally recognized program sealed the deal for me,” Hren said.

According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), less than 5 percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned its accreditation—and CU Denver’s is one of them.

"Our MBA programs are successful, because the graduates are prepared to harness their skills and experiences to address changing marketplace challenges and opportunities,” said Business School Dean Sueann Ambron. “The graduates have relevant knowledge from faculty and experience in the industry, and they can bring immediate value to businesses.”
Read on for the full menu of MBA options at the CU Denver Business School.
 
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Professional MBA

 

What It’s Known For:

With 545 students, this is the largest MBA program in the Rocky Mountain region—and it has a whopping 80 percent graduation rate.
 

What You Can Do With It:

Accounting, Marketing, Investment Banking, Entrepreneurship, Business Analytics, Managing for Sustainability, Human Resources Management, Information Systems Management, International Business Management, Financial Management
 

What’s Great About It:

  1. High-quality, internationally accredited program at a relatively low cost
  2. Available in both a traditional and online format
  3. A wider variety of specializations (16) and elective courses than other institutions
  4. Multiple course sections to maximize scheduling flexibility

 

What You Should Know:

"Our [Professional] MBA program is designed for all types of students looking for professional, career-related education—both recent graduates and individuals with significant work experience. Our large student body naturally has diverse backgrounds and interests.”

– Woody Eckard, Professor of Economics, Director, Professional MBA program

 


11-Month MBA

 

What It’s Known For:

You earn a full MBA in just under a year. This quick completion time is the primary reason students choose this program.
 

What You Can Do With It:

Financial Services, Advertising, Marketing, Biotech, Entertainment, Media, Consulting, Education, Entrepreneurship, Energy Management, Government, International Business, Health Care, Publishing, Legal Services, Information Technology, Non-Profit Management, Tourism, Pharmaceutical Management
 

What’s Great About It:

  1. Same degree in less time, so you can get back to your career faster
  2. Two-week course abroad for international business experience
  3. In-house professional and career development resources available
  4. Cohort structure provides teamwork experience and ability to build a strong business network

 

What You Should Know:

“Our program has courses during the day, so our students are full-time day students. We do not require an undergraduate degree in business, but we do require work experience, allowing for an enriching experience in the classroom.”

– Debbie Follenweider, Operations Director, 11-Month MBA program

 


Executive MBA

 

What It’s Known For:

Senior faculty from three accredited CU business schools pool their talents in this 33-year-old program. 
 

What You Can Do With It:

Executive Management, Corporate Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Law, Policy, Research Analysis
 

What’s Great About It:

  1. Focuses on the needs of strategic decision makers
  2. Opportunity for completion in two years, for minimal career disruption
  3. Student study groups help with challenge of returning to school after long absence

 

What You Should Know:

“Students who attend our program have significant experience managing within organizations or leading organizations of their own. Our students have, on average, 16 years of professional work experience from a variety of business and functional backgrounds. We draw from the top Business School faculty in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs to offer students engaging, real-time insight that allows them to become better leaders, helping their organizations make better decisions in a dynamic, global environment.”

– Nicholas Hamilton-Archer, Executive Director, Executive Programs

 


Health Administration MBA

 

What It’s Known For:

The program is part of the prestigious Business School Alliance for Healthcare Management (BAHM) along with top-ranked institutions, such as Yale University, Harvard University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
 

What You Can Do With It:

Hospital/Clinic Leadership, Long-term Care Leadership, Consulting, Health Insurance Management, Financial Management, Pharmaceutical Company Direction
 

What’s Great About It: 

  1. Evening course options to fit busy schedules
  2. Only program of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education
  3. Previous business or health care experience not required

 

What You Should Know:

“When I learned that the CU Denver Business School had a health administration MBA program, applying to it was a no-brainer.”

– Laurence Hren, Health Administration MBA student 

 



Executive MBA in Health Administration

 

What It’s Known For:

Faculty are drawn from 17 accredited network universities, providing a broader resource base than other single institutions. While many health administration programs are housed in a school of public health, the unique positioning of this program in the Business School maximizes students’ professional business opportunities.
 

What You Can Do With It:

Health Care Leadership, Nursing Management, Consulting, Pharmaceutical Management, Health Care Policy, Hospital Management, Clinic Management
 

What’s Great About It:

  1. Intensive, semi-annual, on-campus sessions combined with online instruction for maximum convenience
  2. Previous education in business administration not required
  3. Same rigorous analytical and financial skills of a traditional MBA program, along with the unique knowledge and skills needed in the health care industry

 

What You Should Know:

"Our students come from across North America and occasionally internationally. They come from all types of healthcare backgrounds (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, consultants, attorneys) and have on average 10-15 years of healthcare experience."

– Peter Taffe, Director, Recruitment & Operations, Executive MBA in Health Administration program.

 



Dual Degrees in MBA

 

What It’s Known For:

The CU Denver Business School offers several different choices for dual degrees, allowing students to work toward an MBA, an MS or a combination of an MBA with a specific Master of Science degree for a very marketable dual degree. 
 

What You Can Do With It:

Almost anything … Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance and Risk Management, Global Energy Management, Information Systems Management, International Business Management, Marketing
 

What’s Great About It:

  1. An MBA’s broad knowledge base with the highly specialized skills of an MS degree
  2. Degree opportunities at other schools and colleges in the university
  3. More affordable than many other institutions in the state
 

What You Should Know:

“[The program offers] opportunities to network with a diverse group of classmates who work in different industries. Faculty members are great in teaching their areas of expertise, as well as providing practical skills and knowledge in the field that help students to be more competitive when searching for jobs.”

– Nhu Pham, MBA student.

 

Published: Dec. 2, 2013
Contact: stories@ucdenver.edu

 

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