Application Requirements

Admission standards for MBA@Denver matches University of Denver’s high standards for excellence, and are the same as for on-campus programs. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum of 24 months of full-time professional work experience, with 36 months preferred.

The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate.

To complete your application, submit the following materials:

Online Application


You will need to complete an online application for the MBA@Denver program. If you are ready to begin, start your application now.

Test Scores


MBA@Denver evaluates applicants holistically, which means we consider a range of factors when reviewing your application, including your academic background and professional work experience.


Due to COVID-19’s effects on worldwide GMAT/GRE testing access, we are waiving this as a mandatory requirement for applications to start classes in 2021.

Both exams may be available through proctored, at-home tests in the near future, so please consider whether taking one of these exams and submitting your scores will help us better evaluate your candidacy.

Test waivers are considered for applications to start classes beyond 2021:

  • Individuals who have earned a graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Individuals who have at least 10 years of professional work experience, with at least 8 years in a progressively responsible management role.
  • Individuals with more than 3 years of professional work experience, with at least a 3.2 GPA in their undergraduate major area of study.
  • Individuals with more than 5 years of professional work experience, who provide written documentation (resume or essay are acceptable) that the combination of academic, professional, military experience or employer-development support makes them prepared for success in the MBA program.
  • Individuals who have completed graduate-level courses at Daniels with at least a 3.0 average in two quantitative courses (i.e., accounting, business information & analytics, finance).

The admissions committee reserves the right to request test scores if it is deemed necessary.

Academic Background


Official academic records from all previously attended colleges and universities must be submitted directly from those schools to the University of Denver. You may send unofficial transcripts to receive an admissions decision, but we will need to receive official transcripts before you begin classes. All transcripts should be sent to the following address:

University of Denver
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 30096 022-002
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

You should also provide a GPA from the degree-granting institution. The GPA should be reported on a 4.0 scale. International applicants who attended institutions with different grading systems (i.e., marks or percentages) should not convert their grades and may leave the GPA field blank.

We are now accepting transcripts electronically.

  • School-issued electronic transcripts: If your school issues official transcripts electronically, please have them send your encrypted transcripts to

  • Unofficial transcripts: We will continue to accept unofficial transcripts if you are unable to submit your official transcripts at this time. Order your unofficial transcripts to be sent to your home, and scan them or take a photo to send to We will still need your official transcripts once you matriculate.

Professional Work History


You must submit a current résumé with your application. Download our resource on how to create your best resume for your MBA application.



Two essays are required, with the option to submit a third. The essays should communicate what you hope to achieve with MBA@Denver and how you will contribute to the Daniels community.

Letters of Recommendation


MBA@Denver requires at least two recommendations from individuals (non-relatives) who can evaluate your professional performance and potential. At least one recommendation should come from a previous or current supervisor. We are looking for professional recommendations that attest to the student professionally including any tangible examples of their role within a team, their career goals, and why they would be a good fit in the MBA@Denver program.

Application Fee


There is a nonrefundable $100 application fee for the online MBA from the University of Denver. Waivers are offered if you are:

  • a University of Denver alumnus/a

  • a current or former member of the U.S. military, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or Teach For America.

You may also receive a waiver if you submit your application before the priority application deadline or attend a webinar.

For more information on application fee waivers, contact the MBA@Denver Admissions team.

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers


Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or C1 Advanced are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Your TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date.

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/C1 Advanced test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 94 (No less than a 20 on any section)

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 575

  • Minimum IELTS Score: 7.0 (No less than a 6.0 on any section)

  • Minimum C1 Advanced Score: 185 (No less than a 170 on any section)

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