May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 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 at the main Auraria campus and online, during the day, evenings, and weekends. The College consists of 70 full-time faculty, more than 50 part-time faculty, and more than eight full-time staff. Over 3000 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.


The MSU Denver College of Business engages a diverse student population with an inclusive educational experience to become successful business professionals.


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


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 access to an affordable education through multiple delivery options. Our educational experiences focus on providing a quality curriculum that 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.

Business Professionals:

Through our undergraduate and graduate programs, students develop knowledge, skills and abilities to become successful professionals who provide business solutions utilizing technological, ethical and global frameworks.

The various educational opportunities available through the College of Business are listed below. Students interested in the MBA, Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, and MPAcc programs 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, Banking, Business Administration, Business Intelligence, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing or Real Estate. 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

Business Minor

The Business Minor provides students a strong foundation in business fields including Accounting, Computer Information, Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. With the exception of Economics, this minor is for non-business majors.

International Business Concentration and Minor

An International Business Concentration is available to students with Business Majors except Economics, International Business, and Global Business Studies.

An International Business Minor is available to students with non-Business or Business Majors except Global Business Studies and International Business.

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. In addition to meeting specific course prerequisites, the following general requirements also apply:

Prior to attending an Upper-Division Business Core classes offered in the College of Business Bachelor of Science programs, 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, BNK, CIS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT, and REL and a course number of at least 2000.

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, Banking, Business Administration, Business Intelligence, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing or Professional Selling.

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 Accounting, Advertising and Promotion, Appraisal and Title, Banking, Business (non-business majors only), Business Sustainability, Computer Information Systems, Digital Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, General Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Property Management, Real Estate, and Sales.  Most minors require 18 credit hours plus prerequisites, if any. 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. Minors should be declared with the help of a faculty advisor or department chair of the appropriate department.

Certificates in the College of Business

The College of Business offers certificates in Digital Marketing (Department of Marketing), Sales (Department of Marketing), Entrepreneurship (Department of Management), Risk Assurance and Advisory (Department of Accounting), and Personal Financial Planning (Department of Finance). A Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is also available.