Those three little letters pack a big punch.

Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) helps you develop advanced skills in management and seek leadership and executive positions within various business fields. While most MBA programs – including ours at Colorado State University – focus on the broad nature of business administration, you can use electives to customize your program and gain specialized knowledge in specific areas such as finance, marketing, or business information systems.

The benefits of an MBA go beyond mastering new skills. Graduates see better marketability, more job security, a network of peers to connect with and tap into, and last but not least, salary increases. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the median starting base salary for recent MBA graduates in the United States in 2016 was $105,000. And at CSU, more than 80 percent of graduates from the Online MBA program report at least a $10,000 raise because they earned their MBA.

Want to know more? Read our frequently asked questions about the MBA programs at the College of Business.

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Career Opportunities

Business intelligence and analytics director

Business operations director

Business owner

Certified public accountant (CPA)

Chief executive officer

Chief financial officer

Compliance officer

Computer Information Systems manager

Financial manager

Health services manager

High-end management consultant

Hospital administrator

Human resources director

Information technology director

Investment banker

Investment fund manager

Marketing director

Management consultant

Nonprofit executive director

Operations director

Sales manager

Strategic planning director

Vice president of supply chain

Learn by Doing


I knew it was going to address everything I felt I needed to be successful.

Executive MBA student


I could do the work and apply it the next day ... I had a part in really developing some expertise and getting it throughout the organization.

Online MBA graduate


It's never too late to change your life, or further your education, and I think CSU's online business program is the perfect example of letting people have that flexibility.

Online MBA student


Once I committed to it, I was going to do it. Nothing was going to get in my way.

Part-Time MBA graduate

Our MBAs

Executive MBA students dare to do more. Busy executives with varied expertise and goals meet with peers and world-class faculty in downtown Denver every other Saturday. Between class meetings, students learn online and at their own pace. Graduates leave with the confidence to inspire teams and thrive in leadership roles across industry and around the world.

We believe entrepreneurial innovations can – and should – be powerful forces that solve the most complex global challenges of our time. Our students nourish, empower, and protect people around the globe. Our students make the world a cleaner, safer place for all of us. It’s lofty work wielded by the most passionate and determined. This program provides aspiring international entrepreneurs with advanced business skills needed to build and manage global ventures that achieve sustainability with results focused on the triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental performance.

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 want to advance their careers. We're proud the program has recently been ranked as the best online MBA in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 20 worldwide by Financial Times.

Our Part-Time MBA students challenge themselves to do more and to be more. Multi-dimensional professionals from all fields meet on campus in Fort Collins – two evenings each week for 21 months – to immerse themselves in leadership studies with a focus on real-world application. Part-Time MBA candidates learn from each other and from world-class faculty to acquire the skills and confidence to emerge as leaders ready to inspire.

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