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Number of optional add-on certificates to choose from

Early Career MBA students lend zest to the business of business education. They’re eager to add leadership skills to an already stellar knowledge base. This dynamic early-start MBA program brings together a rich mix of students from all disciplines who want to enter the workforce with a competitive edge. Students enter the program without any professional experience, and they graduate as tomorrow’s business leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs.

Courses for the Real World

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BUS 687 Internship

150 hours of business experience with a company that may be paid or unpaid

BUS 625 Organizational Communication

Improving understanding and application of managerial communication skills and negotiation tools and their implications for effective management

MKT 621 Digital Marketing

Overview of social media, website management, content marketing, web analytics and search engine optimization

BUS 510 Career Assessment and Development

Identify career goals based on personal skills, interests and values and understand how to compete in the global job market

BUS 641 Financial Markets and Investments

Operating of financial markets, techniques for security valuation, and portfolio management

BUS 615 Managerial Accounting

Use of accounting information for purposes of management decision-making, planning, and control

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We’re here to help support your professional goals, transitions, and dreams.


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Learn by Doing

As a graduate student they really look to me to not just kind of learn from them, but to really help to benefit the program.

Luke Edwards 

On his internship with Rocky Mountain Senior Games

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Colorado State University's Early Career MBA is for young professionals who want a solid business foundation before entering the workforce

Colorado State University's Early Career MBA is a 52-credit program for young professionals who want a solid business AACSB Accreditedfoundation before entering the workforce. You’ll build applied business skills under a rigorous AACSB-accredited curriculum, and you’ll uncover talents and interests along the way.

Our dynamic classroom experiences, including an internship or practicum, will empower you to step into the workforce with confidence.

Program at a Glance


Delivery: Primarily face-to-face with online electives
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Length: 21 months (five semesters–includes one summer)
Start Dates: August
Schedule: Classes four to five days a week, Monday–Friday with online electives
Credits: 52 (43 core, 9 elective)


The courses below reflect the 2016-2017 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2016 for students enrolling during the 2016-2017 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

First Year
BUS 500
Business Systems and Processes
BUS 510
Career Assessment and Development
BUS 515
Career Management and Placement Strategy
BUS 601
Quantitative Business Analysis
BUS 614
Accounting Concepts
BUS 615
Managerial Accounting
BUS 616
Financial Reporting and Analysis
BUS 620
Leadership and Teams
BUS 625
Organizational Communication
BUS 626
Managing Human Capital
BUS 635
Business Economics for the World Market
BUS 650
Supply Chain Management
BUS 655
Marketing Management
BUS 686
BUS 687
Directed Electives (see list below)1
Second Year
BUS 630
Information Management
BUS 640
Financial Principles and Practice
BUS 641
Financial Markets and Investments
BUS 656
Marketing Strategy and Planning
BUS 660
Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
BUS 662
International Business
BUS 665
MBA Capstone
Directed Electives (see list below)1
Program Total Credits
Directed Electives1 
BUS 690A
Contemporary Issues: Business
BUS 690B
Contemporary Issues: Grad Tutorials
BUS 690C
Contemporary Issues: Info Systems
BUS 690D
Contemporary Issues: Accounting
BUS 690E
Contemporary Issues: Global Enterprise
BUS 690F
Contemporary Issues: Finance
CIS 570
Business Intelligence
CIS 575
Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business
CIS 576
Business Data Visualization
CIS 600
Information Technology and Project Management
CIS 655
Business Database Systems
CIS 670
Advanced IT Project Management
CIS 675
Agile Management and Product Development
CIS 676
Information Technology Management
FIN 602
Options and Futures
FIN 603
Corporate Risk Management
FIN 604
Employee Benefits
FIN 606
Fundamentals of International Finance
FIN 607
Fundamentals of Bond Markets
FIN 608
Fundamentals of Firm Valuation
FIN 609
Fundamentals of Personal Finance
MKT 610
Qualitative Marketing Research Methods
MKT 611
Quantitative Marketing Research Methods
MKT 621
Search Engine Marketing and Optimization
MKT 661
Consumer Behavior
MKT 662
Strategic Selling for Business Customers
MKT 667
Services Marketing Management
REL 601
Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance

A minimum of 52 credits are required to complete this program. 

1Select from the Directed Electives list in consultation with advisor. Electives may be used to include a certificate.

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change, and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors.

Every student is different. Your tuition and fees will reflect your student type and academic path.

We do our best to give you accurate estimates, but please email the Office of Financial Aid at to get the most precise information about your cost of attendance.

Amounts displayed are intended as an estimate only, and should not be used for billing purposes.

Estimated 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees

Early Career MBA, 52 credits

Resident  NonResident 

  Semester1 Program2 (5 semesters)
Base tuition $4,814 $22,659
Graduate differential tuition3 $3,952 $16,008
General fees $832 $3,765
University facility fee $270 $1,120
University technology fee $25 $125
College technology fee $103 $515
Total $9,996 $44,191

  Semester1 Program2 (5 semesters)
Base tuition $11,802 $55,552
Graduate differential tuition3 $3,952 $16,008
General fees $832 $3,765
University facility fee $270 $1,120
University technology fee $25 $125
College technology fee $103 $515
Total $16,984 $77,085
1. Semester tuition estimates are based on typical fall and spring semesters.
2. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.
3. Graduate differential tuition is $304 per credit hour and is subject to annual increases.

How We Calculate Tuition and Fees

The College of Business follows the University's graduate tuition guide and additionally charges graduate differential tuition. Graduate differential tuition helps support your student experience by enhancing classroom technology through innovation, hiring highly qualified faculty, and providing advising support, assistantships, scholarships, highly equipped computer labs, and comprehensive career services.

Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration, residency, and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply. Try out the University tuition and fees calculator to better understand how tuition and fees can change.

CSU reserves the right to change tuition rates without notice. Tuition rates – based on academic years – are subject to increase on an annual basis and subject to Board of Governor approval. All prices refer to U.S. currency.

All full fee-paying resident‐instruction graduate students automatically will be enrolled in and billed for CSU student health insurance. Premium information and instructions on applying for a waiver to opt out of the insurance are available for domestic students (PDF)  and international students (PDF)

Questions About Tuition and Fees?


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For all early applicants

When you're ready to apply to the College of Business Early Career MBA, we're here to help. We want your application process to be smooth and successful, so please reach out to us.


Early Career MBA applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory GMAT scores2
  • International applicants: Internet-based3 TOEFL score of 86 or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or a PTE score of 58 or higher
1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.
2. The average GMAT score of our students is 556. The test must have been taken within the past five years. If you take the GMAT more than once, only the top score is taken into consideration.
3. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.

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Application Deadlines

For Fall admission:
Feb. 1 for all early applicants
May 1 for international applicants
June 1 for U.S. applicants
Please be aware that financial aid deadlines may occur before the application for admission deadlines.

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Application Process

The time it takes to complete the application process mostly depends on how long it takes you to gather your materials. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The information below should help you with the application process, but please contact us if you have any questions.

We accept applications for fall admission only. The early application deadline is Feb. 1, and the final application deadline is May 1 for international applicants and June 1 for U.S. applicants. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit your application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

  1. Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
    • Visit to start your application.
    • Under "Select an application type," choose the term that you are applying to.
    • Under "Program," choose Business Administration (M.B.A.) – Early Career
    • Request/upload application materials directly to your online application and then submit.
      As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations, scores, or transcripts to move your application forward.
  2. Pay the application fee

    Use a credit card to pay your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).

  3. Submit the online applicant data sheet

    Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).

  4. Check your status

    We know you are eager to hear about your application status, so you can check it any time to make sure your application is complete or to keep an eye on updates. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is complete.



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