Apr 21, 2018  
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration MBA

Program Director: Dennis Murray

Telephone: 303-315-8419
E-mail: Dennis.Murray@ucdenver.edu 



Marcelle Arak, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Heidi Boerstler, PhD/JD, Yale University/University of Denver
Jean-Claude Bosch, PhD, University of Washington
Wayne Cascio, PhD, University of Rochester
Elizabeth Cooperman, PhD, University of Georgia
Lawrence Cunningham, DBA, University of Tennessee
E. Woodrow Eckard, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
C. Marlena Fiol, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

James Gerlach, PhD, Purdue University
Blair Gifford, PhD, University of Chicago

Jahangir Karimi, PhD, University of Arizona
Susan Keaveney, PhD, University of Colorado
Gary Kochenberger, PhD, University of Colorado
Dennis Murray, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Bruce Neumann, PhD, University of Illinois
Edward O’Connor, PhD, University of Akron
John Ruhnka, JD/LLM, Yale School of Law/Cambridge University
Dean Taylor, PhD, University of Chicago
Clifford Young, PhD, University of Utah

Associate Professors:

Ajeyo Banerjee, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Kenneth Bettenhausen, PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
Kang Rae Cho, PhD, University of Washington
Gary Colbert, PhD, University of Oregon
Carol Dee, PhD, Louisiana State University
David Forlani, PhD, University of Minnesota
Dawn Gregg, PhD, Arizona State University
Deborah Kellogg, PhD, University of Southern California
Sarah Koovor-Misra, PhD, University of Southern California
Vick Lane, PhD, University of Washington
Michael Mannino, PhD, University of Arizona
L. Ann Martin, PhD, University of Minnesota
Madhavan Parthasarathy, PhD, University of Nebraska
Ronald Ramirez, PhD, University of California-Irvine
Michael Roberts, PhD, Georgia State University
Judy Scott, PhD, University of California-Irvine
Manuel Serapio, PhD, University of Illinois
Marlene Smith, PhD, University of Florida
Steven Walczak, PhD, University of Florida

Zhiping Walter, PhD, University of Rochester

Jian Yang, PhD, Texas A&M University

Assistant Professors:

David Chandler, PhD, University of Texas – Austin
Vinit Desai, PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Yufeng Han, PhD, Washington University 
Stephanie Johnson, PhD, Rice University

Mary Malina, PhD, University of Colorado

Takeshi Nishikawa, PhD, Texas Tech University 
Reina Ray, PhD, Indiana University

Craig Sisneros, PhD, Arizona State University

Traci Sitzmann, PhD, University of Tulsa

William Strawser, PhD, Texas A&M University

Cheng Yong Tang, PhD, Iowa State University

Senior Instructors:

John Byrd, PhD, University of Oregon

Ji Chen, MS, University of Colorado
Elizabeth Connor, MS, Colorado State University
Michael Harper, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert Hockenbury, MS, University of Houston
Barbara Pelter, PhD, University of California-Davis
Mary Lee Stansifer, PhD, Northwestern University
Eric Thompson, MS, University of Colorado


Halley Ballew, MS, University of Kansas

Joshua Bernhard, MS, Iowa State University

Errol Biggs, PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Francsisco Conejo, PhD, University of Otago New Zealand 
John Daley, PhD, University of Washington
Linda Fried, JD/LLM, University of Miami
Wendy Guild, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Barry McConnell, MBA, University of Colorado
Peter Max Miller, MA, Farleigh Dickenson University
Jeffrey Nystrom, MS, University of Colorado
Marie Owens, MBA, University of Montana

Eric Reiner, MBA, Louisiana State University

David Ruderman, MBA, University of Colorado 
Roger Stace, MS, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Cindy Sutfin, MS, University of Colorado
Emily Vera, MS, University of Colorado

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides a general background in management and administration. This background enables the student to have the breadth of exposure and depth of knowledge required for an advanced-level management career. The program is devoted to developing the concepts, analytical tools and communication skills required for competent and responsible administration of an enterprise viewed in its entirety, within its social, political and economic environment.

The professional MBA program allows the scheduling of classes with maximum flexibility so students can progress through the program at their own pace, by taking as little as one class per semester or as many as five classes per semester, at times that are convenient with their work schedule. The program can be completed in as little as 16 months or as long as five years plus one semester.

Online courses add additional flexibility. Students may complete all degree requirements online, or combine online and campus courses to broaden the choice of electives or to fit a business travel schedule or personal learning style. Choice of online electives is limited.

The MBA program is also available in different configurations: 11-Month (full time, see relevant section), Health Administration and the Executive MBA (see relevant section). All MBAs have the same curriculum requirements; they differ only in their focus, the flexibility of course scheduling, and the time required to complete the program. The 11-Month and Executive MBAs are lockstep programs (no open electives, no specialized tracks), where students form a cohort and complete all program requirements together. No course transfers, waivers or substitutions are permitted.

Program Requirements


International Business elective (3 semester hours)
Free electives (15 semester hours)

Total: 48 Hours

Notes and Restrictions:

Core Substitution. Students with extensive and comparable course work in a particular core subject area may petition to substitute a higher-level graduate course on the basis of prior undergraduate or graduate course work taken at a regionally accredited college or university for the corresponding core class. This does not waive the 48-hour requirement. If a core course is substituted, another graduate level course in the same functional area must be used as a substitute so that the student completes a total of 48 semester hours.

International Elective. One 3-hour course with an international focus must be completed. Contact a graduate advisor or refer to a current MBA degree plan for a complete list of options.

Electives. The professional MBA curriculum allows for 15 semester hours of elective credit, which can be chosen from graduate-level courses offered by the Business School, except BUSN courses numbered below 6800. Additional graduate-level course work completed at the Denver campus outside the Business School may be applied to the MBA degree, but only with prior written approval of the MBA program director.

Note: Electives for the 11-Month and Executive MBA programs are pre-selected for all students.

MBA Specializations

Graduate students will have an opportunity to take specialized tracks within the professional MBA program by completing a pre-specified program of elective courses. The following 16 specializations are available:

Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship
Business Intelligence
Business Strategy
Change Management
Decision Sciences
Enterprise Technology Management
Human Resources Management
Information Systems
International Business
Managing for Sustainability
Risk Management and Insurance

Sports and Entertainment Management

For additional information about the professional MBA program, contact a graduate advisor at 303-315-8200.