Curriculum

MBA@Denver prepares you to become a market-ready leader through a blend of business foundations, management training and immersive learning experiences. The program consists of 60 credits and can be completed in as few as 21 months. If you choose a concentration, you will complete an additional two courses for a total of 68 credits. The curriculum includes two required, non-credit-bearing, in-person immersions.

Recommended Course Sequence

Recommended Course Sequence
Term Courses
Term 1 Managerial Economics (4 credits)
Leading With Integrity (4 credits)
Term 2 Financial Accounting and Reporting (4 credits)
Marketing Concepts (4 credits)
Term 3 Strategic Management (4 credits)
Strategic Cost Management (4 credits)
Term 4 Managerial Finance (4 credits)
Business Law and Public Policy (4 credits)
Term 5 Business Statistics (4 credits)
Elective 1 (4 credits)
Term 6 Business Data and Analytics (4 credits)
Leading People and Organizations (4 credits)
Global Business (2 credits)
Term 7 MBA@Denver Capstone (4 credits)
Entrepreneurship: Ideation to Creation (2 credit)
Elective 2 (4 credits)
Term 8 Concentration Course (4 credits)
Concentration Course (4 credits)

Course Descriptions

Managerial Economics (FIN 4760)

4 credits

The first half of this course meshes the standard tools of microeconomic analysis with a well-rounded appreciation of the important perspectives that form the business environment in the contemporary world. The goal is to provide you with the tools from microeconomics, game theory and industrial organization that you need to make sound managerial decisions. Case studies will be used to develop practical insights into managing the firm’s resources to achieve a competitive advantage.

The second half of this course covers the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics. You will learn how private market forces and government policy decisions drive fluctuations in the domestic and global economies and affect the business environment. Coursework explores issues related to inflation, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, business cycles, and monetary and fiscal policies. Case studies will be used to analyze real-life macroeconomic issues, and you are encouraged to investigate the potential and limitations of microeconomic theory with real-world problems.

Leading With Integrity (BUS 4610)

4 credits

Leadership in these uncertain and volatile times is a primary challenge for all who seek success in business. Today’s business environment is increasingly characterized by complex questions without obvious or clear answers. Managers must now be leaders, whether they are managing only a few people or the entire enterprise. Traditionally taught analytical skills alone will not meet the challenge of our times; leading with integrity requires managers to understand numerous social and environmental challenges facing businesses along with the monetary challenges. Evaluation of your leadership style, and how ethical integrity can be incorporated into that style, will expand your impact as a leader and follower working with others.

When you lead with integrity, success, organizationally and personally, is determined not only by profit but also by personal and organizational integrity. This course draws on the history of business practice and ethical leadership to provide a foundation for personal self-discovery and professional direction.

Financial Accounting & Reporting (ACTG 4610)

4 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide you with a strong understanding of the financial statements issued by companies to external parties, such as shareholders and creditors. The course covers the fundamentals of accounting, from recording economic events through the preparation of a company’s financial statements. In addition, the course examines the complexity of accounting policy choices and the financial statement impacts of those decisions. You will also gain significant experience analyzing Form 10-K annual reports of publically traded companies.

Marketing Concepts (MKTG 4100)

4 credits

Ever wonder how grocery companies choose which new products to launch? Or how Apple decides the price of its newest electronic wonder? Or what’s behind those Super Bowl ads we love to watch? Marketing is, at its core, the interface a company has with its customers, and what could be more important in business This course will provide you with a lens through which you may view the world as a consumer and as a marketer, relating marketing principles and models to consumer actions and business strategy.

MKTG 4100 focuses on formulating and implementing marketing management strategies and tactics, a task undertaken in most companies at the strategic business unit level. The marketing management process is important at all levels of the organization, regardless of the title applied to the activity. Typically, it is called corporate marketing, strategic marketing or marketing management. They all involve essentially the same process, even though the actors and activities may differ. The course will provide you with a lens through which you may view the world as a marketer, relating marketing principles to consumer and business actions. You will learn to develop a marketing strategy and select the appropriate tactics to successfully implement it and deliver value to the target market.

Strategic Cost Management (ACTG 4660)

4 credits

Strategic cost management methods and practices focus on how to help companies succeed in contemporary business. Topics in the course include understanding cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, decision-making, activity-based costing and management, target costing and pricing, budgeting and forecasting and management control. The course will enable you to apply strategic thinking to management planning, decision-making and management reporting.

Strategic Management (MGMT 4690)

4 credits

Recent surveys of Fortune 500 executives found that, when asked about the leadership skills needed in future leaders who they hope would replace them at their company, one of the top skills mentioned was strategic thinking. The rationale was that you could teach the technical aspects of a business or industry but could not teach how to view the world in the future and how to position the company to take advantage of an environment that is yet to be identified.

This course introduces you to the theory of strategic management. You will develop the ability to think strategically by examining a firm’s mission, vision, values, business model and financial health. After assessing the firm’s strengths and weaknesses, the focus is then placed on the industry and competitive environments using a series of tools and frameworks that result in identifying opportunities and threats. Synthesis in the course takes place when you are able to provide strategic alternatives and recommendations that generate added value and competitive advantage for the firm. Learning is facilitated through a workshop atmosphere that uses case studies of industry leaders currently in the news.

Entrepreneurship: Ideation to Creation (EVM 4360)

2 credit

Entrepreneurship is designed as a general introduction to sustainable entrepreneurship and the application of basic business skills to the creation of innovative enterprises which incorporate renewable, reusable and sustainable approaches to business. Sustainability is unleashing a new wave of innovative and disruptive forces to create new profitable business enterprises. In this course, we will explore the creation of new enterprises that embrace the triple-bottom line of profits, people and planet. You will then be required to use your knowledge of sustainable entrepreneurship and the application of basic business skills to create an innovative enterprise which incorporates renewable, reusable and sustainable approaches to business.

Managerial Finance (FIN 4630)

4 credits - prereq ACTG 4610

Every organization must answer two extremely important questions: How do we acquire dollars, and what do we do with those dollars? This course addresses the different sources of acquiring dollars, identifies the costs associated with each source, the benefits associated with the use of each source and looks at the decision regarding how much of each source to use. The course addresses performance measures to determine how well the dollars have been spent and used and the decision-making techniques behind the decisions of exactly to what purpose the organization’s dollars were spent and used. These are the financial decisions that any type of organization has to make with frequent ethical challenges in the context of an uncertain economic environment.

Business Law and Public Policy (MBA 4610)

4 credits

The political and legal risks confronting business are among the most serious and can even affect corporate survival, as demonstrated by the scandals and crises of the past three decades. This course attempts to equip managers with the tools and perspectives to manage such enterprise risks, to prevent conflicts from escalating into crises and to properly respond to legal challenges and political controversies when they do occur. In particular, this course provides a background and foundation in the fundamental concepts of law and public policy. It elevates your ability to (1) analyze important legal questions and problems facing business, and (2) analyze trends and forces in public policy that affect business.

Business Statistics (STAT 4610)

4 credits

This course introduces you to the basic analytical tools in statistics and operations management and provides the theoretical concepts and skills that are building blocks for future courses. The approach is to present you with a corporate view of how statistical tools are used to analyze data and facilitate business decision-making.

You will learn to use all of the statistical techniques and models presented in the course and will demonstrate knowledge in applying the appropriate techniques and models to various data sets and interpreting the results of the analysis. MegaStat and the Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Solver Toolkits will be used to conduct statistical analyses, allowing you to become more proficient overall in using Microsoft Excel and to place your emphasis on applications to core business disciplines, statistical reasoning, proper interpretation of results and managerial decision-making. A rich variety of such problems and settings will be discussed in class.

Business Data and Analytics (INFO 4250)

4 credits - prereq STAT 4610

Businesses make decisions and improve processes using internal and external data and a variety of data-driven and analytic techniques. This course introduces you to the business data landscape, data management in commercial organizations, the data-driven decision-making process and the fundamental concepts behind how data and analytics can improve business performance, using their individual roles and companies as subject matter. Principal content elements include:

  • Data-driven decision-making and performance improvement
  • Data management in organizations
  • Organizational transformation based on data-driven insights

Leading People and Organizations (MGMT 4625)

4 credits

This course focuses on the effective management of people, which is every organization’s most critical resource. Employees’ knowledge, skills, commitment, creativity and effort are the basis for sustained competitive advantage. It is people who deal directly with customers, have creative ideas for new products or for process improvements, and devise marketing strategy or take technologies to the next level.

In this course, we approach the people side of business from a general management perspective, integrating concepts from organizational behavior, human resource management, strategy and organizational design. Course topics include:

  • Motivation, reward systems and engagement
  • Feedback
  • Processes by which work is done and decisions are made, including attention to teams, power dynamics, conflict and negotiations
  • The structure of the organization and its systems, including job and organizational design and system and policies affecting human capital
  • The organization’s culture and history
  • The external environment within which the organization operates, including legal, regulatory, demographic, economic and national cultural factors.

Global Business (MGMT 4240)

2 credits

Global business is designed to expose you to the challenges and opportunities of doing business globally. How do you make well-informed decisions in a global environment, taking into consideration the economic, political, environmental, cultural and historical context of a particular country or region? Conducting business outside the United States involves a unique set of challenges; diverse cultures, laws, languages and currencies add to the complexity of putting together and managing international business ventures.

MBA@Denver Capstone (BUS 4600)

4 credits - taken within 1 quarter of graduation or with Director’s permission

The MBA@Denver capstone course enables the practical application of key management and leadership competencies, skills and knowledge designed to integrate core course learning outcomes. You will integrate what you have learned in the MBA@Denver program to analyze a client problem and provide appropriate recommendations and conclusions prepared for and presented to the client. You are strongly encouraged to work with a small business or not-for-profit organization, completing a social capital project with that enterprise.

You will gain an in-depth exposure, perspective and understanding of strategic business processes, opportunities and challenges within an organization. You will work in teams and select an organization to work with as the client. The project will end with an oral presentation and written proposal that is delivered to the client organization and the instructor on an assigned date.

Project assignments will emphasize the integration of knowledge from multiple academic disciplines and functional business activities. You are required to identify links between an organization’s external and internal environments in the context of its organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT). Projects may include new product or technology development, restructuring, relocation, expansion, downsizing, acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions or joint ventures, and/or other relevant operational performance issues. The goal is to increase the organization’s ability to sustain and thrive. The final plan/proposal should include an implementation timeline for the proposed solutions as appropriate.

Electives - Two required

8 credits

Electives may be taken as a one-week extension available following some immersions using the course code BUS 4701 and section number provided by the advisor. Learn more about immersions.

Business Domestic Immersion (BUS 4612)

0 credits

You are required to attend two immersion experiences. BUS 4620-X, held in a U.S. city, includes domestic experiences that include visits with business leaders on various topics, experiential learning and/or specific topic discussions led by qualified faculty. You may not attend more than one immersion at the same destination.

Business International Immersion (BUS 4614)

0 credits

You are required to attend two immersion experiences. BUS 4614-X, held in a non-U.S. city, includes international experiences that generally include visits with business leaders on various topics, experiential learning and/or specific topic discussions led by qualified faculty. You may not attend more than one immersion at the same destination.

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