Earn your MBA online from the University of Colorado

Business Administration, MBA (UCCS)

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Overview

Chart a new course for your career and your future by earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) online from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Designed for rising professionals and those looking to create positive career change, this program can teach you the skills you need to become a stronger more well-rounded business professional. You'll learn to make confident decisions, problem solve, drive business growth, and select a specialization that directly connects to your future goals.

Our 100% online MBA program offers maximum flexibility for students without sacrificing on quality of education. It is consistently ranked among the top online MBA programs placing 88th out of 324 schools for Best Online Business MBA. In addition, all UCCS College of Business programs are AACSB accredited which means the school is ranked in the top 5% of business schools worldwide by AACSB International.

The online MBA program combines a rigorous business curriculum with real-world experiences to prepare students for success in a fast-paced business landscape. Partnerships with local businesses, healthcare facilities, and Colorado area sports teams offer students unique opportunities to build professional relationships and develop their careers, while our award-winning faculty members bring decades of industry experience to share in the online classroom.

Take advantage of our 100% online format and pursue your degree on your own terms, part-time or full-time, from anywhere in the world. Courses are offered in both 8-week and 16-week formats, which allows you to complete the MBA curriculum in as little as 18 months or, if you prefer, take one course at a time over a span of up to five years.


Program Details

The UCCS online MBA program is popular among students looking to improve business acumen, create new opportunities, or focus on a specific field like project management, healthcare, cybersecurity, or sports management. Others are looking to build up a broad knowledge base in advanced business practices, leadership, and management that can be applied to high-level roles across multiple industries. Whatever your strategy may be, our top-ranked online MBA program can help you change the trajectory of your career.

As an online Master of Business Administration student, you will be surrounded by talented peers and instructed by industry-experienced faculty. You will reinforce your knowledge of essential business functions in core classes and learn new, career-oriented skills and tactics in specialized elective courses.

The core curriculum focuses on themes like decision making, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, information technology, ethics, and strategic management, all of which are critical skills for well-rounded business leaders. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a specialized degree (36 total credit hours) tailored to your professional goals. Upon graduation, you’ll hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from a top-ranked, AACSB-accredited university.


Online MBA Degree Specializations

A specialized degree requires 36 total credit hours and is designed to impart students with fundamental business knowledge and industry-relevant expertise. Each specialization requires 12 hours of related coursework.

Cybersecurity Management

The Cybersecurity Management emphasis provides professionals with foundations in the fundamental business disciplines along with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity concepts and technologies. Data breaches and cyber threats create significant risks for organizations dependent on sensitive information. This area of emphasis will enhance students’ understanding of complexities involved with the adoption of security technologies, achieving regulatory compliance, and implementing cybersecurity programs to mitigate risks and secure information assets. Overall, the program will enable professionals to effectively govern cybersecurity in an organization.

Healthcare Administration

The many changes in government laws and regulations, technology, societal needs, and insurance plans have created a large need for administrative and business education for healthcare professionals. Learn how to become a driving force in improving patient outcomes, changing policy, and running an efficient healthcare organization with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. Familiarize yourself with topics like healthcare policy, ethics, and economics to prepare for top clinical and non-clinical roles.

Project Management

The Project Management emphasis area prepares students to manage organizations that rely on projects for the achievement of goals. The courses focus on approaches that improve project performance from the perspective of project team members, project managers, or functional managers who rely on projects for implementing new practices and addressing organizational change. Graduates of the Project Management emphasis can pursue opportunities as project managers, project support managers, or traditional management careers as projects touch many aspects of organizational initiatives.

Sport Management

The Sport Management emphasis provides professionals with a strong business core focusing on leadership, strategic management, finance, and accounting together with a critical emphasis core addressing sport governance, sport development, sport marketing, revenue generation in sport, innovative organization behavior, sport law, and the ethical challenges in sport. The emphasis classes have been designed intentionally so that they are directly relevant to professionals who currently work in or have aspirations to work in Olympic and International Sport, professional sport, interscholastic and collegiate athletics, and youth sport and recreation. Ultimately, the program aims to equip professionals with the key managerial tools that will enhance their ability to seek entry into or promotion within the sport industry.


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AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accreditation

The University of Colorado Colorado Spring College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a global nonprofit association that is committed to providing excellence in education for future business leaders. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, with less than five percent of the world’s business programs obtaining AACSB accreditation. As an AACSB accredited degree, our online MBA program must meet rigorous academic standards and commit to providing high-quality education through strategic curriculum design and dynamic thought leadership. When you earn your MBA from an AACSB accredited program, you’ll graduate with the confidence that you’ve received the best business education available and the valued credentials that employers are looking for.


MBA Curriculum Overview

Our online MBA is AACSB accredited and our courses are designed by experienced faculty and business leaders who ensure that our curriculum aligns with current industry trends. Our core curriculum focuses on building an advanced foundation for your business administration career, with essential courses in economics, leadership, finance, business ethics, management, and more. You’ll round out your core business education with one international business elective, which concentrates on case studies and international consulting projects to give you valuable hands-on experience.

We offer nine career-focused MBA specializations, as well as a general MBA track, to allow you to personalize your degree and deepen your understanding of the field you’re passionate about. Through your specialization courses, you will engage with industry-experienced faculty, collaborate with other driven students, and gain in-demand skills that can give you an edge in today’s competitive job market. You’ll graduate with the broad business knowledge and focused expertise you need to solve complex business problems and lead organizations to success.

Foundation Courses (up to 9 credits)

Students complete up to 3 foundation courses as part of their MBA degree. Foundation courses may be waived based on prior academic work (subject to certain age and grade requirements). In some cases foundation requirements may be satisfied by passing a waiver exam

  • Introduction to Accounting (ACCT 5500)
  • Fundamentals of Economics (BUAD 5500)
  • Fundamentals of Business Statistics (QUAN 5500)

MBA Core Courses (24 credits)

Core courses make up the heart of the MBA Program and cover areas that are directly applicable in today's business world. The concepts in the following courses are critical problem solving and decision-making skills that will define and shape your Master of Business Administration degree. All students complete the 8 core courses as part of their MBA degree.

  • Strategic Foundations for Responsible Management (STRT 6000)
  • Accounting for Decision Making** (ACCT 6100*)
  • Corporate Financial Management (FNCE 6000*)
  • Information Systems (INFS 6000*)
  • Leading & managing in Changing Times (MGMT 6000*)
  • Marketing Strategy (MKTG 6000*)
  • Operations: Competing Through Capabilities (OPTM 6000*)
  • Strategic Management (STRT 6500)

STRT 6000 is taken in the first semester in the MBA program or after the completion of the foundation courses. This course is the launch course for the MBA program and focuses on preparing individuals to be responsible leaders in business and equips students with critical thinking skills and problem-solving frameworks that can be used through the MBA program.

*Recent graduates whose undergraduate major was in an MBA core course discipline should consult with the Graduate Programs Office to determine if they should substitute an MBA elective for the core course in that discipline. (For example, a finance major may be able to substitute an elective in place of FNCE 6000.)

**Accounting majors who have completed Cost Accounting (ACCT 3110 at UCCS or equivalent) with a grade of B or better should consult with the Graduate Programs office to select an appropriate substitute course for ACCT 6100.

MBA Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students take 12 credit hours of MBA elective courses. These courses may be used toward a general business MBA or to specialize in an area of emphasis. For more information about available elective offerings visit the Areas of Emphasis below.

Cybersecurity Management

The Cybersecurity Management emphasis in the MBA program requires students to complete four courses from the list below:

  • Cybersecurity Technologies (CYSM 6100)
  • Enterprise Information Security CYSM 6200)
  • Cybersecurity Governance (CYSM 6300)
  • Cybersecurity Law and Cybercrime Investigation (CYSM 6400)

Healthcare Administration

MBA students pursuing the Healthcare Administration Emphasis will take the four courses from the list below:

  • Healthcare Administration (HCAD 6190)
  • Healthcare Policy (HCAD 6290)
  • Healthcare Ethics & Law (HCAD 6390)
  • Healthcare Budget & Finance (HCAD 6490)

Project Management

The MBA Project Management emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective: 

  • Managing Projects for Competitive Advantage (OPTM 6300)
  • Project Estimation & Risk Management (OPTM 6590)
  • Bridging Strategy & Tactics in Project Management (OPTM 6690)

Sport Management

MBA students pursuing the Sport Management Emphasis will take the four courses from the list below:

  • The Global Governance and Development of Sport
  • Sport Marketing and Revenue Generation
  • Innovation Management in Sport Organizations
  • Legal and Ethical Challenges in Sport

Tuition and Fees

At CU Online, we strive to keep our tuition costs affordable so that you can get a world-class education that fits your budget. When you earn a degree, you’re not simply getting a diploma — you’re making a lifelong investment in yourself and empowering your future career. We know that affordability is an important factor, and that’s why we’re here to help you explore all of the options available to fund your education.

Our Enrollment Navigators can answer any of your questions about tuition and financial aid, help you take care of the paperwork, and make sure you’re able to focus on reaching your goals. From financial aid and scholarships to corporate tuition assistance programs, we’ll work with you to find the best way to finance your CU Online degree.

Tuition

  • In state tuition: $830 per credit hour 
  • Out of state tuition: $885 per credit hour 
  • Estimated total tuition (in state): $29,8800 - $37,350 
  • Estimated total tuition (out of state): $31,860 - $39,825 

*Estimated tuition costs based on full credit hours for the MBA degree (36 credits). Contact an Enrollment Navigator for more details.

Fees

  • One-time application fee: $50
  • One-time application fee (international students): $60
  • Online program fee: $100 per course

The UCCS online MBA program qualifies for federal financial aid, G.I. Bill, and employer reimbursement programs. There are also some graduate level scholarships and fellowships available.

Financial Aid 

Financial aid is available for eligible students to use toward paying educational costs while enrolled in a CU Online program. To determine your eligibility and apply for financial aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you submit your FAFSA, you will be considered for three types of aid: grants, work-study, and student loans. To be considered for federal financial aid, you will need to apply early and annually. 

Scholarships 

Once you are admitted to the University of Colorado, you’ll have access to our internal scholarship portal where you can view and apply to many funding opportunities offered by the university. Scholarship opportunities typically require an application and may have specific eligibility requirements related to a student's academic merit, financial need, community service, work experience, and more. Unlike financial aid loans, scholarships are gift aid that does not have to be repaid. As a student, you will be able to apply for scholarships every semester.

Transfer Credits 

If you are applying as a transfer student, your coursework from other colleges and universities could count toward your University of Colorado degree requirements. Transferring credits to your CU Online degree program may help you save on tuition costs and complete your degree sooner. Once you are admitted to the university, a transfer credit evaluation will be performed to determine how many transfer credits are eligible to apply to your degree. 

Employer Tuition Benefits 

Many companies, including most healthcare organizations, offer tuition assistance benefits as part of their employee compensation program. Some will even incentivize earning your RN to BSN. Generally, these policies lay out a set number of credit hours per year that the company will pay for on behalf of the student/employee. Some policies place a cap on eligible tuition dollars and related expenses while others reimburse employees on a per-credit-hour basis. Get in touch with your organization's Human Resources department to learn more about your educational benefits.

Veteran & Military Student Benefits

CU Online is military-friendly and committed to providing service members and their families with a high-quality education that fits their distinct needs. As a CU Online student, you will have access to the UCCS Veteran and Military Affairs, which connects veteran, active duty, reservist, National Guard, and dependent students with fundamental support, services, and resources to ensure academic and professional success. UCCS is a proud home campus to many veteran and military students.

Our veteran and military students may use both veteran benefits and financial aid to pay for their education. Military benefits with CU Online include:

  • Waived application fee
  • GI Bill benefits
  • Potential to be awarded credit hours for military training and experience
  • Free tutoring and academic support

Connect with our Enrollment Navigators to learn more about the benefits and financial assistance available to military and veteran students.

Admissions

The online MBA program has three start dates per year, so we are always accepting applications for upcoming terms. To be admitted into the online Master of Business Administration program, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Acceptance into the MBA program is generally determined by a combination of factors, including undergraduate GPA, admission test scores, and professional work experience.

Application Checklist

  • Write a Goal Statement for the program
  • Update your resumé
  • Complete the UCCS Online Application
  • Acquire letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit GMAT and/or GRE scores (optional)
  • Submit official transcripts from every higher education institution you have ever attended

Testing Requirements

Students who earned their bachelor’s degree with a GPA above 3.5 or who already hold a graduate degree generally do not need to take any exams to be admitted. Students with exceptional academic performance and considerable work experience also do not need to provide GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission. The program coordinator at UCCS can review your transcripts and resume to see if you qualify for this exemption.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are optional, but encouraged, for any applicant with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or less.

International Students

The MBA program at UCCS is happy to accept international students. Admission to the MBA program may require additional information from international applicants, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) test results, if applicable. Applicants with any foreign coursework must have their academic transcripts evaluated by a NACES or AICE accredited evaluation service when they apply. Learn more about the admissions process — or get started with your application — by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator.


Apply Now

As you consider an online education, we understand that it’s important for you to know that you’re getting a high-quality, affordable, and flexible online education that helps you reach your goals. That’s why our team of Enrollment Navigators is available to offer guidance and answer any questions that you may have about our degree programs, financial aid options, transfer information, admissions requirements, and more. 

Whether you want to talk through your degree plans, learn more about a specific program, or start your application, our Enrollment Navigators will provide friendly support as you decide if CU Online is the right fit for your future.  

Ready to get started? Take the first step toward earning your online MBA degree by calling us at 303-315-3000 or filling out the form above for more information.