Sep 20, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business School

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Dean: Rohan Christie-David
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs: Gary Colbert
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs: Carol Dee
Associate Dean of Faculty: Clifford E. Young
Assistant Dean Students: Linda J. Brooker
Assistant Dean for Finance and Human Resources: Connie Amen


Dean’s Office
Business School Building
1475 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO  80202

Fax: 303-315-8040

Mailing Address
The Business School
Campus Box 165
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Undergraduate: 303-315-8100

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain business community, the Business School at the University of Colorado Denver prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective, responsible business professionals. We’re able to achieve a standard of excellence by bringing together nationally recognized faculty and highly motivated, mature students in an intellectually challenging academic environment. CU Denver’s Business School is a research institution. Because our faculty are nationally recognized for scholarly research as well as for their teaching skills, our students have the opportunity to be on the leading edge of business management theory and practice. Our class schedules and curriculum offer flexibility to meet your needs whether you plan to attend full or part time, day or evening. Whether you’re an experienced working professional seeking an advanced degree or preparing for a new career in the business world, you’ll gain the knowledge and perspective necessary to succeed in today’s challenging business environment.

Educational Goals

The Business School is committed to superb teaching, connecting theory to practice that focuses on:

  • current and relevant knowledge and skills necessary for success in the highly competitive global business environment
  • experience in cooperative and team-based work skills
  • integrated professional and functional expertise
  • sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity

Our undergraduate program, which serves both traditional and nontraditional students, leads to a baccalaureate degree in business with a substantial liberal arts component. The program is closely linked, through articulation agreements, to lower-division programs offered by Colorado’s four-year and community colleges.

Key elements of our academic programs are the provision of top-quality career advising and placement services, as well as flexible schedules and programs to meet a wide range of student needs. We are committed to assisting our students’ efforts to pursue rewarding careers.


Our nationally recognized faculty members are vigorous and enthusiastic about teaching and research. Faculty members hold degrees from the nation’s leading business schools, including Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and Yale. Many of them also bring years of valuable experience in private industry. Their interdisciplinary expertise, academic achievements, scholarly research and business experience provide students with a dynamic learning environment.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Many programs for financial aid are administered by the Office of Financial Aid . Call 303-556-2886 for detailed information.

Thanks to the generous support of the Colorado business community and others, the Business School has a significant number of scholarships to offer its students. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and/or financial need. The amount of the award and the number of awards available vary.  Information on the available Business School scholarships can be found on the Business School Website. 

In addition over 30 different scholarships are available to eligible Business School students, with multiple awards from most scholarships from other sources. Further information about these scholarships, including eligibility criteria and application forms, may be obtained by visiting the Financial Aid & Scholarships website at or by calling 303-315-1850.

Institute for International Business

The Institute for International Business (IIB) was created in 1988 by the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado to serve as a center for the advanced study and teaching of international business. In 1993, the institute was designated a Center for International Business Education and Research by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only 25 such centers of excellence in the United States. Through the CIBER and other funding sources, the institute strives to help the faculties of the Business School and other university departments to internationalize curriculum, programs, certificates or other student-oriented endeavors. The IIB works in other ways to support faculty in their teaching, research and development activities. In addition, the institute designs and facilitates customized international programs and training for business, cooperates with other organizations to offer seminars and conferences and publishes a quarterly newsletter to familiarize the Denver and regional communities with international business issues. Such initiatives help faculty, students and the business community to acquire the skills and expertise needed to be successful in our increasingly global economy. The institute also conducts and promotes research on the global economic aspects of competitiveness. Call 303-315-8436 for information.

Academic Programs

A carefully designed curriculum to prepare students for success in business administration is available for the student seeking an undergraduate degree. The school offers courses leading to the bachelor of science in business administration (BS).

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Interim Associate Dean: Gary Kochenberger
Academic Director: Ronald Ramirez
Assistant Dean:  Linda Brooker

The undergraduate curriculum leading to the bachelor of science (business administration) degree is intended to help the student achieve the following general objectives:

  • an understanding of the activities that constitute a business enterprise and the principles underlying administration of those activities
  • the ability to think logically and analytically about the kind of complex problems encountered by management
  • facility in the arts of communication
  • a comprehension of human relationships involved in an organization
  • awareness of the social and ethical responsibilities of those in administrative positions
  • skill in the art of learning that will help the student continue self-education after leaving the campus

Double Major Programs

Numerous career opportunities exist for persons trained in both a specialized field and management. For this reason, students may be interested in combined programs of study in two different majors leading to completion of degree requirements concurrently in two areas. If you have questions on our programs, email the undergraduate business advisors at or call 303-315-8100 to make an appointment with a business advisor.

Undergraduate Advising and Academic Planning

Upon admission to the school, students are encourage to meet with an advisor who will guide you through the steps needed to have a successful career as a student in the Business School and help you complete the requirements for the BSBA (bachelor of science business administration) degree. If you seek advising or have questions on course selection and other matters you may email the advisors at: or call 303-315-8100 to make an appointment.

Undergraduate Majors

Business students must choose a major and complete the requirements for the major. The major provides specialization beyond the general background of the undergraduate core and the business core. Business students are advised to select a major prior to completing the Business Core, and are strongly encouraged to declare a major by the time they have accumulated 60-75 semester hours. The courses in the major are typically completed in the junior and senior years after completing the Business Core. Majors within the BS in business administration program include:

Extend your education

Whether you are looking to advance in your current field or prepare for an entirely new career, the Business School offers opportunities to suit your goals.

A variety of classes and programs are available to community members and alumni. Classes are taught by expert faculty or influential members of the Denver business community, imparting knowledge that is readily applicable in the field.


The Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship offers programs for those looking to start a new venture or enhance their entrepreneurial skills.

Certificate Specialization Programs

Modern career paths are flexible, which makes it beneficial to have a flexible degree. If you already have a graduate business degree from an AACSB accredited school, the CU Denver Business School allows you to add a specialization through our post-graduate certificates.

Business School Courses

Click here  to see a complete list of undergraduate courses.

Business School Programs

(For Graduate Programs please refer to the Graduate catalog.)

Business School


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration



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