What does it look like to earn your MBA online?



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Our Universal Classroom – featuring the latest digital technology and content delivery methods – welcomes bright minds from around the world to learn together in one inspirational space. Online MBA students learn from each other and from caring and experienced faculty to acquire the skills and confidence needed to become leaders in the modern and ever-evolving business world. For more than 50 years, our top-ranked program has delivered courses to busy professionals who need flexibility while advancing their careers. 

If you're thinking of applying or are ready to apply, our team looks forward to talking with you to answer your questions. Our application process is straightforward, and there is no GMAT requirement, so you can get started right away.

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BUS 626 Managing Human Capital

Management of human capital for competitive advantage and superior results

FIN 608 Fundamentals of Firm Valuation

Identifies key value drivers for a business and how these can be identified utilizing currently available financial information

MKT 621 Digital Marketing

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

REL 601 Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance

Valuation-oriented study of real estate concepts and principles, including legal, regulatory, finance, market and financial analysis

BUS 662 International Business

Role of government regulations and how international firms affected; cultural aspects of business, global marketing, finance, management

MKT 662 Strategic Selling for Business Customers

Examination of sales strategies, sales tactics and best practices in professional selling with a primary context in business selling

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Graduate Programs
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Important Dates
5/13/2017, 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduates!

For August start dates
Costs and Financial Support
Colorado State University's Online MBA will teach you all the major functional areas of business.

Colorado State University's Online MBA is a 42-credit program offered entirely online that will teach you all the major functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, information systems, leadership and human resources, supply chain, strategy, and marketing.

You also can spend 7-10 days on our optional international business study trip as an elective – meeting with business leaders, learning international business culture, and becoming acclimated to environments different from your own.AACSB Accredited

Our program will help you build broad business skills under a rigorous AACSB-accredited curriculum while learning in an interactive, welcoming environment. 

Program at a Glance
Delivery: Online
Location: Anywhere
Length: 21 months (five semesters) or up to five years
Start Dates: August, October, January, March, May
Schedule: Self-paced lectures
Credits: 42 (36 core, 6 elective)

Common Schedules

Here are some examples of common schedules. Once you're enrolled, our advising team can help you develop a schedule that fits your career path.


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 601
Quantitative Business Analysis
BUS 614
Accounting Concepts
BUS 615
Managerial Accounting
BUS 616
Financial Reporting and Analysis
BUS 620
Leadership and Teams
BUS 626
Managing Human Capital
BUS 635
Business Economics for the World Market
BUS 650
Supply Chain Management
BUS 655
Marketing Management
Directed Electives1
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 Electives1
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 42 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 financialaid@colostate.edu 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.

Financial Aid and Support

Grad school is an investment. We're here to help. The College of Business offers specific opportunities for graduate students to reduce college expenses.

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Estimated 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees

Online MBA, 42 credits

Full time  Part time 

Full time (typically 9 credits per semester)
  Semester Program3 (5 semesters)
Tuition1 $8,514 $40,243
University technology fee $25 $125
Total $8,539 $40,368

Part time (typically 6 credits per semester)
  Semester Program3 (8 semesters)
Tuition1 $5,676 $40,697
University technology fee $25 $200
Total $5,701 $40,897
1. Tuition is charged at $946 per credit hour.
2. Tuition estimates may change based on the number of credits you take each semester.
3. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.

How We Calculate Tuition and Fees

Residency status is not a factor in determining online, distance, or off-campus tuition rates.

Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply.

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.

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Important Dates
5/13/2017, 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduates!

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

Eligibility and Requirements

Online MBA applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience
  • International applicants: Internet-based2 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. If you do not meet the full eligibility requirements, there may be alternative paths to admission. Contact Graduate Program recruiters at cobgradinfo@colostate.edu to learn more.
2. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.
No GMAT is required to apply to the Online MBA program. Curious why?

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Application Deadlines

For August start dates: July 1 for all applicants
For October start dates: Sept. 1 for all applicants
For January start dates: Dec. 1 for all applicants
For March start dates: Feb. 1 for all applicants
For May start dates: April 1 for all 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 five start dates: August, October, January, March, and May. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit the application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

  1. Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
    • Visit gradadmissions.colostate.edu/apply 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.)–Distance.
    • 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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