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Leeds School of Business

Boulder , CO


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Leeds MBA Program is Renowned for its Innovation and Faculty

The Leeds MBA program combines quality teaching of business fundamentals, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations, with niche specializations like entrepreneurship and real estate. The MBA program provides students with a broad education in the fundamentals of business along with the ability to acquire a depth of knowledge in one or more specialty areas. Students find the Leeds MBA degree gives them the tools to act as highly adept managers who make profitable and sustainable business decisions.

The University of Colorado at Boulder has been a leader in business education for over a century. The business school was founded in 1906 as the College of Commerce and renamed the Leeds School of Business in 2001 after a $35 million commitment to the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Business by Mr. Michael Leeds, former President and CEO of CMP Media, and his family. This generous gift is one of the ten largest commitments to a U.S. business school. The new Koelbel Building, a LEED gold-certified award-winning example of environmental stewardship, epitomizes the Leeds School's commitment to the future.


It's the people that give the Leeds MBA program its exceptional quality and distinctive spirit of innovation. Our faculty are distinguished researchers and experienced business professionals. They bring cutting-edge knowledge into the classroom and give students the skills to apply that knowledge to real-world business scenarios. The quality of faculty and students means you will learn from everyone involved in the MBA classroom.


The Leeds MBA Program is a Breeding Ground for Future Entrepreneurial Success

Leeds' MBA program is an immersive experience. It will provide you with two years of rigorous study, develop your leadership and management potential, and provide grounding for your entrepreneurial ideas. The education, professional network, and career direction gained will last a lifetime.

The flexible curriculum allows you to build a unique portfolio of coursework, customizing your MBA to suit your career goals. Opportunities for personal networking with faculty, business professionals, successful entrepreneurs, and alumni allow you to expand your professional horizons and use your new knowledge.


The Leeds faculty is at the forefront of knowledge creation. With outstanding research records and extensive private sector experience, they bring the latest thinking into their classes, along with practical applications of business knowledge. Class projects offer you hands-on experience with real companies and enable you to connect and learn from successful professionals.


In addition to the robust offerings in the fundamental areas of business, such as finance, management, marketing, and operations and information management, Leeds also offers niche specializations in entrepreneurship, real estate, or emphasis in sustainability. The curriculum provides industry expertise and networking opportunities that place you at the leading edge of your area of emphasis.


The Boulder Area Offers Leeds Students Numerous Options for Extracurricular Activities

The Leeds School of Business is committed to offering a rich educational and extracurricular environment that will enable you to succeed in an increasingly complex business world. Innovation and creativity are not just taught; they are practiced every day. Leeds MBA students benefit from the opportunities in new companies and emerging industries that exist in the Boulder/Denver metro area -- one of the most entrepreneurial communities in the country. Leeds takes pride in its community and the collaboration between the school and corporate partners.

The Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship continues to take its place among the top nationally recognized programs. The Deming Center has been ranked among the top 20 entrepreneurship programs for nine consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report, 2000 through 2008). Much of the entrepreneurship program's success is the result of the strong connections between the Leeds faculty and the Boulder/Denver business community.


Finding work/life balance is an important aspect of life as an MBA student. Boulder, a picturesque town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is consistently rated as one of the best places to live. Hard-working MBA students find a variety of extracurricular options, including hiking, rock climbing, biking, and skiing. And with over 300 days of sunshine every year, you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy your time here. Leeds students are reminded daily of the adage work hard and play hard.


Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Science (MBA/MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 237
Doctoral Degrees 3

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GMAT
Thesis Required
Research internship


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 1st Not reported No
Spring deadline December 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GMAT
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
Doctoral Degree Exam GMAT

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6.42%
Black or African American 1.39%
White or Caucasian 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 4.86%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 1.74%
Unknown 3.13%


Male (61%)
Female (38%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 59
Part-time - 0
Male (48)
Female (11)


Focus of faculty research: Finance; marketing; entrepreneurship; marketing research; consumer behavior
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address Boulder, CO  80309
United States

Phone: 303-492-1411