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2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration: 11–Month MBA

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Program Director: Gary Colbert
Administrative Director: Debbie Follenweider
E-mail: 11-monthMBA@ucdenver.edu
Telephone: 303-315.8800
Website: www.business.ucdenver.edu/11-MonthMBA

The 11-Month MBA is an accelerated full-time program that brings academically superior students together with select research and teaching faculty. The program enables students to focus their energies in a concentrated, total-immersion program of study earning a nationally accredited, 48-semester-hour MBA degree in just under a year.

The 11-Month MBA consists of five eight-week terms, three courses per term, plus a two-week international business course abroad. In addition to a minimum of 18 hours of class time each week, the 11-Month MBA students spend an average of 30 hours a week on homework. Students should expect a minimum time commitment of 48 hours per week to successfully complete this program.

Admission and Application Process

The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement demonstrated through academic transcripts, GMAT scores, essays, letters of recommendation, personal interviews (if needed, will be scheduled at the discretion of the admission committee), work experience and extracurricular and community activities.

Previous Education

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 is a requirement for application to the 11-Month MBA program and cannot be substituted with other standardized examinations. If you take the GMAT more than once, we will evaluate your application using the highest GMAT score. The GMAT score for students admitted into the 11-Month MBA program has averaged around 600. Students must score a minimum 500 to be considered for admission to the 11-Month MBA program.The GMAT website is www.mba.com.

The 11-Month MBA also requires a highly developed proficiency in written and oral English. International applicants whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam and earn a minimum score of 575 (PBT)/ 232 (CBT)/ 90(IBT) TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS to be considered for admission to the 11-Month MBA program. Information on taking the TOEFL or IELTS can be obtained by visiting www.ets.org and www.ielts.org.

Work Experience

Students in the 11-Month MBA program have an average of six years of work experience. However, experience ranges from the recently graduated to more than 30 years in business. Professional experience strengthens the application, since 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.

  • completed application for graduate admission, parts I and II, submitted by published deadlines and fee (domestic or international as appropriate)
  • two (2) letters of recommendation from professional or academic acquaintances who are familiar with the applicant’s academic/professional competence
  • GMAT scores taken in the last five years sent directly to the graduate admissions office from the Educational Testing Service. When registering for the GMAT, use code MPB-OG-65
  • two (2) official transcripts from each school, college or university previously attended past high school, sent directly to the graduate admissions office. A minimum baccalaureate degree is required
  • include answers to the four essay questions demonstrating commitment to an accelerated MBA program
  • a resumé outlining work experience
  • for international students, a minimum official score of 575/232/90 TOEFL (TOEFL school code: 4875) or 6.5 IELTS is required to apply – test scores are valid for two years after test date

The priority date for domestic applications is June 15 (May 15 for international students). Applications (for domestic students) and current fee information are available at www.business.ucdenver.edu/11-monthMBA.

All of the required admission materials should be sent to:

University of Colorado Denver
The Business School
Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 165, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80127-3364

For further information, brochures and application materials, contact the 11-Month MBA program at 303-315-8800 or 11-monthMBA@ucdenver.edu.

The 11-Month MBA uses a rolling admission system. The committee reviews applications when they are complete in all respects, including transcripts, GMAT scores and letters of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early in the process as possible. Completed applications are reviewed until early August; applications received after June 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. International applicants should have their completed applications in by May 15, to leave them sufficient time for visa and travel arrangements if they are admitted.

A personal interview may also be required for admission to the 11-Month MBA.

11-Month MBA Award/Loans

General financial assistance is available for qualified students. Students should apply directly to the Denver campus Office of Financial Aid. Call 303-556-2886 for information and forms. In addition, an 11-Month MBA merit-based award is available only to students in the 11-Month MBA. Other Business School scholarships are also available to all MBA students. Information available at www.business.ucdenver.edu/11-monthMBA.

Degree Requirements

Students in the 11-month MBA complete 10 MBA core courses, one international business course (conducted abroad) and five special topics courses. All courses require that students work in teams. Due to the program’s cohort structure, individual elective options are not available to 11-month MBA students. 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 on campus.

MBA Core Courses

Total: 30 Hours

International Course Abroad

The international course, which involves travel abroad, is completed as an all-day, two-week intensive course.

Special Topics Courses

The special topics courses, revised each year, are selected to create a broad understanding of the most current business issues. These requirements are subject to change.

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