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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

The College of Business offers students a variety of educational opportunities that either lead to a bachelor’s degree or provide opportunities for non-degree-seeking students to gain additional undergraduate education through our extensive course offerings and certificate programs.

The College provides convenient access to instruction through traditional classroom sessions and innovative online delivery, at the main Auraria campus and the Metro South campus, and during the day, evenings, and weekends. The College consists of 67 full-time faculty, more than 50 part-time faculty, and eight full-time staff. Over 3900 students major in business and economics. Students can take advantage of on-the-job training through internship placements, internships, and independent study course work.

Students may declare a major in the College of Business during the admission process, or at any time thereafter by contacting a department faculty advisor and completing the “Major Declaration Form.” Students are encouraged to declare as early as possible to ensure accurate advising on degree program requirements.


We engage a diverse student population from
metropolitan Denver with a high-quality, inclusive, and
accessible education to help them become effective
business professionals.


We engage students through teaching methods that are centered on individualized attention through small classes and interactive instruction that includes opportunities to connect with the business community while leveraging the use of relevant technology.


Our curriculum prepares students for the rapidly changing global business environment. Students are instructed by a diverse faculty who stay current in their disciplines through scholarly activities and professional experiences.


We provide an enriching student learning experience for students from all backgrounds in ways that are appropriate to meet their educational needs.


Our students have greater accessibility to affordable education on multiple campuses through day, evening, and online class options.

Business Professionals:

Through our undergraduate and graduate programs, students develop the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities to become professionals who provide business solutions drawn from ethical and global frameworks.

The various educational opportunities available through the College of Business are listed below. Students interested in the MPAcc program should refer to the Graduate Catalog for details. Course descriptions and prerequisites can be found by clicking here .

If you have any questions about the offerings, academic policies and practices, or admission requirements, contact the Dean of the College of Business or the chair of the appropriate department.

Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, computer information systems, finance, management, or marketing. The degree requires completion of coursework in general studies, the core business disciplines and requirements, a major, and electives. A minor is not required.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

Entrepreneurship Certificate and Minor

The entrepreneurship program at MSU Denver prepares students to develop a business plan and launch a new business.

International Business Concentration and Minor

In addition, the College offers an International Business Concentration for business majors and an International Business Minor designed for non-business majors.

College of Business Prerequisite and Attendance Policy

All students are expected to know and fulfill all current prerequisite requirements. The College of Business reserves the right to disenroll students who do not meet current prerequisite requirements or who fail to meet expected course attendance policies. (See Class Attendance Section.) In addition to meeting specific course prerequisites, the following general requirements also apply:

Prior to attending an upper-division course offered in the College of Business Bachelor of Science programs (Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Management, Marketing), all students must have:

  • completed all General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy;
  • completed at least 60 credit hours overall (junior standing);
  • declared a major in any discipline or be of non-degree seeking status.

Business Program Residency Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, a student must successfully complete 30 or more credit hours of business coursework at MSU Denver. This 30-hour residency requirement can be met by completing any business courses with the prefix ACC, ACCM, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT and MKT and a course number of at least 2000, except  FIN 2250.

Business Degree Program Planning

Some important things to remember as you plan your business studies:

  • All degree-seeking students must meet the University’s requirements for all bachelor degrees outlined in the general information section of this Catalog.
  • During the first 60 credit hours, business majors should complete their General Studies courses and the 2000-level business core courses.
  • The University requires at least 40 credit hours of upper-division courses (3000 or 4000 level). Consult with an advisor to ensure that your specific degree program meets this requirement.
  • A minor is not required for students whose major is accounting, computer information systems, finance, management or marketing.

The following sections describe the scope of the degree program, course requirements, career opportunities, and competencies for career success in each degree program.

Minors in the College of Business

The College of Business offers minors in business, economics, and entrepreneurship. Most minors require 18 credit hours plus prerequisites, if any. These minors (with the exception of economics) are designed primarily for non-business majors. The acceptance of transfer credits will be governed by standards and policies of the College of Business and its departments.

Students should choose a minor that will help them in their chosen career. The general business minor should be declared after consultation with the associate dean. Other minors should be declared with the help of a faculty advisor or department chair of the appropriate department.

Mission Revised: October 15, 2015