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International Student Support for Prospective MBA Students



International Graduate Studies Admission

You are a graduate student if you have completed, or will complete, a four-year bachelor’s degree program or its equivalent at a college or university prior to attending MSU Denver. International students must complete the same admission requirements as domestic students in addition to the international student requirements. International students must be full-time students, taking a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. International students pay the same tuition and fee rates as non-residents.


International Graduate Admission Checklist

All applicants who are non-U.S. Citizens or non-Permanent Residents of the U.S. must have the following to be considered for acceptance to the graduate programs at MSU Denver:

1. Apply. Create an account and submit your online graduate admissions application. The $50.00 application fee is due at the time of application.

2. Complete Additional Program Requirements. It is important that you review the admissions requirements for your academic program.

3. Submit Official Transcripts. You must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Foreign transcripts MUST be received through a professional evaluation service:

  • Recommended evaluation services are WES or ECE
  • Request a course-by-course evaluation
  • Servicers can send digital copies of their evaluation directly to
  • Servicers can send hard copies to the following address: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Academic Affairs/Office of Graduate Studies, 1201 5th Street, Campus Box 48, Denver, CO 80217

4. Official Proof of English Proficiency*. MSU Denver school code is 4505

  • A minimum score of 76 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS (Prefer E-Delivery system)
  • A minimum score of 51 on the PTE
  • The official completion of an accredited English as a Second Language (ESL) program
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Have graduated from an American high school with attendance for at least two (2) full academic years
  • Hold an associate's degree (AA and AS only) from a regionally accreditited American community college
  • Have completed at least 30 semester hours at a U.S. college or university and completed both the required English composition courses (English 1010 and 1020) with grades of C or better

*Proof of English Proficiency is not required for applicants who: Are lifetime residents of Australia, Belize, Great Britain, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

5. Financial Support Documents.

  • Complete the Affidavit for Financial Support OGS form
  • Current official bank statement: affidavit or letter from your financial sponsor/s. Financial documents must be dated within six months of the first day of class for the semester you are starting at MSU Denver. They must be uploaded as a document through the application system. The bank statement must be equal or greater to $32,000, plus $10,000 per dependent on the day the currency conversion is made (If the bank statement is in a foreign currency).

6. Current Passport and Visa. If available at the time of application. If not available, your visa and passport must be provided at the new student orientation. *Current I-20: (International transfer students actively studying in the U.S. only) A SEVIS transfer form will be required by all transfer students after being accepted. The PDSO/DSO at your current school can complete this request. MSU Denver cannot issue you a new I-20 until this has been completed. MSU Denver I-20 Transfer Form. If you require a change of status, please contact International Student Support at

Next Steps: After all admissions requirements have been received by the academic program. The admissions committee will review your file and make an admissions decision. If an acceptance decision is made, the I-20 will be processed and sent to the address we have on record. You will receive a letter in the mail stating your admissions status. Mandatory international student orientation will be held the first week prior to the start of classes.


Helpful Links:

English as a Second Language (ESL) - support only 

Immigrant Services

Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa

After You Are Admitted - Steps to Success for International Students


Applicants can send specific questions to the Office of Graduate Studies Admissions


MBA Application Requirements

1. The master's online application form

  • Applicants will need to provide a resume to complete the form. Applicants can submit an updated resume anytime before the application due date.
  • The application includes a one-time, $50 fee.

2. A NACES-certified evaluation of the applicant's previous college degree

3. A personal essay that addresses the following:

  • the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree;
  • your relevant strengths, characteristics and professional and leadership experiences;
  • your career plans and focus in the MBA program;
  • why you believe MSU Denver’s MBA program is best suited for your educational and professional goals; and
  • how you will manage the rigorous demands of graduate education.

4. Qualifying Documentation. All MBA Applicants are required to submit one of the following:

  • Official GMAT Scores. Applicants can learn more about and register for the GMAT at
    • Applicants should request that official scores are sent at the testing center on your test date. An admission representative will send a personal email to confirm receipt of your GMAT scores. 
    • GMAT scores typically take 8-10 days to receive.
    • We do not accept GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT.
  • Professional Portfolio.
    • Only applicants with five or more years of supervisory/managerial experience should submit a professional portfolio. The MBA Admission Review Committee will decline to review any application using a portfolio that does not showcase five or more years of substantial work experience after completion of a bachelor's degree.
  • Proof of a Previous Master's Degree.
    • An official course-by-course evaluation must be provided for any previous masters or doctoral degree earned from outside the U.S. 

Applicants can submit updated materials any time before the admission deadline. Admission decisions are typically returned to applicants within 4-6 weeks of the deadline. 

For more details on the essay, portfolio, or GMAT exam, please email 


Why Earn an MBA at MSU Denver?

MSU Denver offers a high-quality MBA at a low tuition rate. Our AACSB-Accreditation signifies excellence in faculty, teaching strategies, curriculum, and learning outcomes for students. Whether you are pursuing future employment opportunities in the United States or planning to bring your business acumen back to your home country, the MBA at MSU Denver is your home for an enhanced education in business and management.



To earn an MSU Denver MBA, students complete 36 credit hours, or 12 classes. Current coursework and sample degree plans are available here. MBA classes most frequently occur on weekday evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:20 pm, once per week.



The MBA program recognizes that securing a place to live remains a critical component of international student needs. Prospective students can find details on student housing options, a roommate-matching service, transportation, and other housing resouces, check out the MSU Denver Housing website.


Paying for the Program

MSU Denver offers some of the lowest tuition rates for any MBA program in Colorado. The MSU Denver College of Business recently approved a proposal to bring non-resident tuition rates within 10% of in-state tuition beginning in fall 2019. Other graduate programs in Colorado typically charge international students and non-residents of Colorado double the in-state tuition rates. Current tuition and fees information can be found on the Office of the Bursar website. Information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid website. Additional resources to finance your education include: 


Diversity at MSU Denver

MSU Denver boasts one of the most diverse student bodies in Colorado. We have been honored with several awards and designations including:

  • Diversity Champion Award recipient in 2016, 2017, and 2018 from Insight Into Diversity Magazine
  • Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award recipient 2014-2018 from Insight Into Diversity Magazine
  • MSU Denver is currently pursuing federal recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
  • MSU Denver became the first university in the United States to admit DREAM Act-qualifying students


Denver at a Glance

  • Denver is the capital of Colorado and the largest city in a 600 mile radius.
  • The city sits on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at 5,280 feet above sea level with access to parks, hiking trails, skiing/snowboarding, watersports, camping, bike trails and more in minutes.
  • Despite snowy conditions around our nearby ski resorts, Denver typically has 300 or more days of sunshine and an average winter temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit.


Diversity in Denver

  • 16% of Denver's citizens were born outside the United States
  • 15 of Denver's 75 neighborhoods have a foreign-born population of 25% or more
  • 34 Foreign Consulates calls the Denver Metro Area home
  • Denver's Sister Cities include:
    • Brest, France
    • Takayama, Japan
    • Nairobi, Kenya
    • Karmiel, Israel
    • Potenza, Italy
    • Cuernavaca, Mexico
    • Chennai, India
    • Kunming, China
    • Axum, Ethiopia
    • Ulaanbaater, Mongolia


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