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At a Glance

One of the fastest growing universities in the country, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) was established in 1965, with its College of Business and Administration beginning that same year. In 1996, UCCS began offering its distance MBA learning program. In Spring 2010, consumer advocacy group ranked the College of Business and Administration a national Best Buy institution accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB – International). With more than 450 MBA and distance MBA students currently enrolled, the College of Business Administration is still looking to expand, with collegiate partnerships in Taiwan, Germany and as of March 2011, India.


Since 1970, UCCS has been accredited with The Higher Learning been accredits post-secondary institutions in the North Central region of the United States. UCCS’ College of Business and Administration is accredited with AACSB – International, the most distinguished accreditor of business schools in the world. Employers in today’s market seek MBA degrees from AACSB – International accredited institutions.


The distance MBA program offers concentrations in:

  • General Business
  • Management
  • Project Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Space Systems Management
  • Technology Management

A course is three credit hours, with full-time status being six credit hours. The curriculum is made up of 4 preparatory classes, 7 core courses, and 5 emphasis and elective classes. Students with undergraduate business degrees may have their foundation courses├│in accounting, economics and business statistics├│waived. Examples of core courses include:

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Information Systems
  • Leading and Managing in Changing Times
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Operations: Competing through Capabilities
  • Strategic Management

Student Life

The distance MBA at UCCS can take up to five years to complete, although a student with a full-time job can complete the program in two and a half years. Students without full-time jobs can complete the degree in as little as four semesters. Colorado Springs residents are also invited to take advantage of courses offered on campus.


Applicants must submit an application for graduate admission to UCCS as well as an MBA Pre-Application Questionnaire. The average GMAT score of admitted candidates is 540-560, while the average GRE score is 1120 total. Two official post-secondary transcripts as well as a current resume and a Statement of Interest are also required.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Costs for in-state and out-of-state residents differs minimally, with in-state tuition for the Distance MBA program costing approximately $4,271 for six credit hours (full-time status) and $4,470 for out-of-state students. A limited number of graduate level scholarship and fellowships are offered. Colorado residents may be eligible for the Colorado Graduate Grant or the UCCS tuition grant. Students who file a FAFSA yearly are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans.

Why University of Colorado – Colorado Springs?

With tuition being approximately 8% less than that of other public universities, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs is a cost efficient option for an online degree. With one of the longest running distance MBA programs in the world, UCCS’ College of Business and Administration allows students to choose an area of emphasis while requiring them to take at least three electives outside of their concentration, shaping a well-rounded business education to prepare them for today’s ever-changing business world. Additionally, the school provides career placement services through its College of Business Career and Placement office to help current distance MBA students and alumni find jobs and internships.