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Value. Impact. Experience.

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In a global economy, each and every business looks for a competitive advantage. 

That means to stay ahead of the curve, you have to recognize opportunities, adapt to changing business conditions and lead during times of change. That’s how business and organizations thrive. At MSU Denver’s College of Business, we provide the business tools and skills you need to succeed and that employers demand including our new MBA program.


MSU Denver’s Value

We recognize that going to college is a big investment of time, hard work and financial resources. Our faculty value providing academic excellence and upholding a standard of quality based on a high level of integrity in an inclusive learning environment. MSU Denver’s business school’s dedication to academic excellence is why we are committed to maintain our accreditation from AACSB – the organization with the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide – we also have the lowest tuition rate for a four-year university in Colorado. Our graduates meet the highest standard of business education in the world, while our program is both affordable and accessible. No other Colorado school has this combination.


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The AACSB Impact

Our college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Less than 5 percent of the world's 16,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Many top, global corporations only recruit from AACSB-accredited schools, and consequently our graduates are offered better, more competitive salaries and have a higher likelihood of getting into top graduate programs.

The College of Business Experience

MSU Denver is a premier urban university located in the vibrant, diverse city of Denver. Students in the College of Business learn and work in the economic hub of the West.

The College of Business features a diverse faculty with expertise in real-world organizations and business to teach you the latest and most relevant skills and knowledge, whether you need individualized attention, online options or a flexible schedule.

  • Class sizes average 25 students – at other colleges, that number can be as high as 200.
  • Classes are taught by full-time faculty members, not graduate assistants.
  • The Center for Professional Selling is the first of its kind in Colorado.
  • Accessible, flexible courses for busy students are offered day and evening in downtown Denver and online.
  • Our students have unprecedented internship and networking opportunities combined with hands-on learning experiences with local businesses to help them kick off their careers with maximum competitive advantage in the job market.

Welcome from Dr. Ann Murphy, DeanAnn Murphy

Welcome to the College of Business at Metropolitan State University of Denver. As you browse the site, you'll become acquainted with the business programs and faculty that help make MSU Denver a premier business degree-granting institution in Colorado.

Consistent with its mission, The College of Business offers students a variety of educational opportunities that lead to a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing.   We are also proud to offer a Master of Professional Accountancy, readying accounting students for the state’s CPA requirements. The college also provides opportunities for non-degree seeking students to gain additional undergraduate education through our extensive course offerings. The college provides convenient access to instruction through traditional classroom sessions and online delivery. Classes meet at the main Auraria campus and the MSU Denver South campus. Classes are offered during the day, evenings, and weekends and include extensive summer offerings in addition to courses during the traditional academic year.

As a teaching institution, MSU Denver emphasizes innovative, contemporary instruction and a nurturing, transforming educational experience. This quality business education is provided by a faculty committed to providing quality education for future business leaders. The faculty stays current through scholarly activity, continuous professional development, and engagement with the business and professional community.

The College's faculty includes new and seasoned professors who continue to distinguish themselves academically as well as veteran business professionals who apply complex theory to contemporary business practices. Our faculty includes Fulbright Scholars, editors of academic journals, and nationally recognized academic scholars.

In addition to the quality curriculum and professors, the success of the College of Business can also be attributed to our students and our partners in the business community, who demonstrate, through their achievements and their generosity, the role MSU Denver plays as a member of the Colorado Community.

Located on the Auraria Campus, MSU Denver has a diverse student and faculty population in the heart of Downtown Denver. Such diversity contributes to an enriching educational experience. In the hub of the Denver business community, MSU Denver is building partnerships to reflect its dedication to the Colorado business community. Such alliances will build bridges between the business community and students entering the workforce.

I invite you, one of tomorrow's business leaders, to explore the College of Business website and learn more about our remarkable degree programs, unique mission, and quality faculty.

Dr. Ann B. Murphy
Dean, College of Business





Salary Data (All Cohorts) - 2001 - 2015

Tuition (2020)**
(w/30 CHr/Year)
(based on First year salary)
ROI (in years)
MSU Denver $40,537.60 $54,205.40 $65,223.20 $36,000.00 112.60% 0.888
UC - Denver $39,148.00 $55,000.00 $67,817.00 $37,340.00 104.84% 0.954
UC – Boulder $41,379.00 $63,033.00 $90,424.00 $50,000.00 82.76% 1.208
UNC $37,215.00 $52,342.00 $66,201.00 $40,000.00 93.04% 1.075
CSU $38,672.00 $59,666.00 $72,407.00 $47,600.00 81.24% 1.231
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**Data from Web

Salary Data for 2017-2019 Cohort College of Business 

Number of Salary Responses: 334
Average annual income: $48,883
Median annual income: $47,750


Master of Business Administration

  • 36% of our graduates changed positions after graduation
  • Three of our Spring 2020 graduates scored at 90th percentile* or above in Major Field Test – MBA. This test is administered by Educational Testing Services and in the past three years, 21,800+ MBA students from 215+ MBA programs across the nation have taken this test. Several of our students consistently outperform students from other business schools.

*90% of the 21,800+ students scored below our three students.


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