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 to pursue a concentration, this can be included in the 60-credit degree. 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 Marketing Concepts (4 credits)
Financial Accounting and Reporting (4 credits)
Term 3 Managerial Finance (4 credits)
Strategic Management (4 credits)
Term 4 Strategic Cost Management (4 credits)
Business Law and Public Policy (4 credits)
Term 5 Business Statistics (4 credits) 
Elective (4 Credits)
Term 6 Business Data and Analytics (4 credits)
Leading People and Organizations (4 credits)
Global Business I (2 credits)
Term 7 MBA@Denver Capstone (4 credits)
Global Business II (2 credits)
Elective (4 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Managerial Economics (FIN 4760)

4 credits

This course presents the fundamental concepts of micro and macroeconomics and integrates them from a managerial decision-making perspective. The first half of the course emphasizes applying microeconomic theory to decision-making to help achieve a firm’s objective – increasing profit. In contrast to traditional economics course, this course emphasizes practical implementation and not calculus to solve sophistical abstract problems. The focus in how Managerial Economics affects businesses, and the homework will apply economic concepts to a business you choose (either your business, or one you are potentially interested in learning more about). The second half of the course discusses macroeconomics and factors that affect the economy. What determines GDP, inflation and trade deficits? Lastly, we discuss how Macroeconomics affects Microeconomics and firm profits.

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 just 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 as a follower working with others.

Marketing Concepts (MKTG 4100)

4 credits

The course 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. For our purposes, 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.

Financial Accounting and Reporting (ACTG 4610)

4 credits

In this course, students will gain 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. Students will also gain significant experience analyzing Form 10-K annual reports of publicly traded companies.

Managerial Finance (FIN 4630)

4 credits - prereq ACTG 4610

Every organization has to 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 and 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.

Strategic Management (MGMT 4690)

4 credits

The goal of this course is to give you the tools and skills to develop and execute an effective strategy. You’ll learn how to (i) evaluate a strategy, including that of your current organization, (ii) locate sources of potential competitive advantage using a perspective that encompasses the internal, external, and dynamic fit of your strategy and (iii) identify and leverage strengths, as well as how to overcome organizational barriers to strategic implementation.

Strategic Cost Management (ACTG 4660)

4 credits

Strategic Cost Management (SCM) will teach students how to use accounting information to make correct decisions within their firms. These decisions will include costing, pricing, strategy, and performance management. SCM articulates how to use accounting information in order to properly price goods and/or services, how to decide between alternative strategies, and how perform relative performance evaluation among employees and/or departments within the firm. The focus is on interpreting accounting information and making business decisions. Topics in the course include cost behavior, activity-based costing, cost- volume-profit analysis, short-term decision-making, balanced scorecard, and management control. The course will enable students to apply strategic thinking to management planning, decision-making, and management reporting.

Business Law and Public Policy (MBA 4610)

4 credits

The political and legal risks confronting business are among the most serious and can affect corporate survival, as demonstrated by the scandals and crises of the past three decades. This course equips managers with the tools and perspectives to manage such enterprise risks, prevent conflicts from escalating into crises, and 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 a student’s 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 (INFO 4610)

4 credits

Making high quality business decisions is hard. Using data to make business decisions makes the process better. This course introduces students to a variety of techniques in analytics and statistics that facilitate data driven business decisions. Time will be spend identifying appropriate techniques to apply in various scenarios, applying in detail some of the quantitative techniques, and using analytic outputs to inform business decisions. Both technical skills and clear communication of results and decisions will be covered. Choosing proper techniques, technical work using Microsoft Excel, proper interpretation of results, and decision making are skills practiced in this course.

Business Data and Analytics (INFO 4250)

4 credits - prereq STAT 4610

Businesses make decisions and improve performance by properly interpreting and applying the results of various analytic techniques. This course introduces students to the business data landscape allowing them to make data-driven decisions, to use data to optimize business processes, and to apply the results of analytic discovery to improve business performance. Principal Content Elements:

  • Data-driven decision making.
  • Data-driven systems and processes.
  • Discovering patterns, trends, and correlations using data visualization.

Leading People and Organizations (MGMT 4625)

4 credits

We live in a complex, uncertain and diverse world. Leaders need to be skilled in navigating these challenges, especially when it comes to leading people and organizations. Effective leaders build and sustain employees’ knowledge, skills, commitment, creativity, and effort to create sustained competitive advantage. Ethical leaders build a collaborative culture, foster high performance and realize the benefits of a diverse workforce. This course focuses on the effective leadership of employees, every organization’s most critical resource.

Global Business I & II (MGMT 4740 and 4745)

(2 credits each)

Almost all business is impacted by global trends. This course will help students develop a global mindset and understand challenges and opportunities arising from doing business across national boundaries and cultures. Addressing such issues as diverse cultures, laws, languages, currencies and economic contexts, the course will help students make well-informed decisions giving due consideration to the local and global context in which a given business operates.

MBA@Denver Capstone (BUS 4400)

(4 credits)

Have you ever heard the quote, "Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life?” This course is designed to help you align your purpose in life with your organization’s purpose (your own organization or an organization for which you work). There are multiple parts to bringing this alignment about which will comprise the foundation for this course: (1) (re)evaluating your purpose in life, building on what you have learned about your leadership style, ethical orientation, values and beliefs, etc. from your earlier courses; (2) developing an entrepreneurial mindset, useful for starting your own organization or a new venture within the organization in which you already work; (3) exploring the Triple Bottom Line perspective of business in society; and (4) applying the core concepts of systems thinking to identify potential business ideas that align with your purpose. The course will culminate with the creation of a business idea and plan that aligns your purpose with a compelling business purpose. The plan for this business idea may involve creating your own business/organization or proposing the idea within your current organization.

Electives

Financial Investments and Markets (FIN 4200)

4 credits

Students will learn how households, institutions, firms, and governments interact in financial markets to channel funds from savers to productive uses of capital and provide firms with opportunities to hedge certain risks. This comprehensive understanding of how markets function is essential for anyone with a finance or high-level management role. We will begin by identifying the key institutions in financial markets and how securities come into existence and subsequently trade. We will then learn to measure the risk and return of financial assets while identifying techniques to improve and assess the performance of investment portfolios. Finally, we will introduce derivatives and techniques to wisely hedge firm risks. Understanding how financial markets work is essential for anyone in a finance or high-level management role.

Financial Planning and Analysis (FIN 4410)

4 credits

Developing skills for making sound corporate investment and financing decisions is crucial for any professional who wants to become indispensable for their organization. To successfully plan for a sound financial future, you need to how to manage growth, how to identify value-creating projects and how to effectively finance these projects.

This course integrates financial decision-making tools, techniques and theory in order to allow students to better understand and analyze corporate finance activities. The main objective of this course is that students can critically analyze corporate issues from a financial perspective so that they are able to provide financial analysis and financial planning inputs to support major corporate decisions. Students will acquire the financial analytical knowledge, skills and abilities required to deal with new problems that arise in the ever-changing business environment.

Specific topics will include cost of capital and capital structure, financial planning, business valuation, as well as an introduction to corporate events such as mergers and acquisitions or IPOs.

Equity Analysis (FIN 4320)

4 credits

What is the value of a share of stock? Learning the equity valuation process provides a deeper understanding of financial markets and improved personal financial planning decisions. This course teaches students how to implement objective, unbiased valuations through an understanding of the valuation process in theory and how it is implemented in practice. Students will learn to apply valuation approaches that include discounted cash flow, price multiples, and newer approaches that are more useful in a knowledge-based economy. To choose the best approach for valuation, one needs to understand the key value drivers for a company and how investors use these drivers to calculate the intrinsic equity value. Students can maximize the value of their organization by improving these key value drivers and effectively benchmarking to competitors.

Advanced Business Valuation (FIN 4150)

4 credits

Business valuation is at the heart of intelligent decision-making for many areas of finance – corporate finance, investment banking, investment management, private equity, venture capital, personal financial planning, and financial litigation. It is no easy task, but a good understanding of valuation and skill in using valuation to guide business decisions are prerequisites for company success.

In this course, students will learn theoretical development, analytical tools and practical approaches to analyze and tackle business valuation issues at the core of the financial professions. The theoretical section of the course provides in-depth coverage of the financial theories and models essential to value businesses. The application section provides students with opportunities to apply the valuation principles and techniques to assess business value and develop strategies to create value in a real-world context.

Integrated Marketing Communications (MKTG 4810)

4 credits

Integrated Marketing Communication is a critical component of marketing strategy and is vital to any business’s success. Organizational, technological, and societal trends of the past few years have disrupted traditional marketing communications by necessitating digital delivery in addition to traditional strategies. It’s essential to integrate all marketing communication activities into one master plan. This course is based upon the notion that marketing communications include much more than just advertising. The course provides students with a foundation in the development and execution of communications strategies for any organization (large, small, public, or private). We’ll bring clarity to the current ecosystem of digital tools and promotional strategies through data-driven decision-making.

Supply Chain Management (MKTG 4380)

4 credits

Supply chains are everywhere, from the local store to a large multinational electronics manufacturer operating halfway across the world. From cradle to grave, it is the supply chain management system that links all of the numerous stakeholders into one strategic plan for us as customers in markets. These systems link processes such as product design, sourcing, supply chain planning, manufacturing, fulfillment, and reuse. In today's fast paced markets driven by globalization and technology, knowledgeable professionals in supply chain management are increasingly important for companies to achieve their business objectives. Some of the most successful manufacturers (e.g., Apple and Samsung) and retailers (e.g., Wal-Mart and Amazon) are winning as a result of their supply chain strategies. Especially as markets change rapidly, supply chain management professionals will be integral to a company’s success. The purpose of this course is to provide a student with a baseline of knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the various functions of supply chain management at a managerial level of an organization.

Insights to Innovation (MKTG 4580)

4 credits

Consumer insights are a driving force of change for organizations and markets. It is becoming increasingly clear that the development of novel offerings requires the contributions of multiple stakeholders, including customers. This course explores the collaborative processes that drives value creation and innovation. Students will learn how consumer insights can enable the development and enhancement of compelling value propositions. They will also utilize a design-thinking approach and work with different types of data sources in developing innovative solutions and designing consumption experiences.

Brand Management (MKTG 4820)

4 credits

How do leading organizations create compelling brands that inspire trust, build a sense of community, and fuel loyalty? As consumers find their digital voice, how are brands co-created by firms and users alike? What can brand managers do to insure brand equity over time?

In this course, you’ll learn the underlying principles and theories from brand authorities, then apply them to real-world client challenges. Join us as we learn and apply strategies and tactics to build, measure, and manage brand equity.

Marketing for Social Impact (MKTG 4675)

4 credits

The integration of Impact + Profit is one of the biggest trends in the startup world-- influencing socially-responsible products and driving cause-related branding, customer choice, and loyalty. Marketing for social impact is multifaceted and requires an understanding of how Impact + Profit is essential to social enterprises, B Corps, and nonprofits. Through this course students will develop themselves as purpose-driven professionals knowledgeable in the latest trends of story-driven marketing, conscious capitalism, and social psychology. This course builds upon students’ understanding of Design Thinking to think strategically about value creation as it relates to Impact + Profit. Upon completion of the course, students will understand the relationship between business and social good, as well as acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to design a marketing campaign specific to a social enterprise, B Corp or nonprofit. Prerequisites: MKTG 4100 Marketing Concepts and MKTG 4580 Insights to Innovation.

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.

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.

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