How the Online Application Works

    When an account is created, applicants are able to work on their application components as time permits.  Simply add to your application as items are completed, the system will retain all information which can be edited as needed before the final submission. Whether you take just a few days, weeks or longer, you are able to work on your application until all areas are completed.  When you are ready, simply submit your application for review - in three to four weeks you will hear from the admissions team!

    Submitting Your Application  

    The application is your opportunity to present yourself to the admissions committee and to tell your story. Please take your time, follow all instructions carefully, and make sure your application is complete before you finalize your submission. All applications must be submitted using the Leeds School of Business online application portal.

    A Complete Application Includes the Following Items:


    Upload an unofficial transcript from each collegiate institution you have attended (except for any University of Colorado campus) into the online application form. This includes community colleges, study abroad, summer sessions, and extension programs regardless of the length of attendance, whether or not courses were completed and whether or not you believe the record will affect your admission. These unofficial transcripts must include all courses and grades, must be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to your enrollment in the first term.

    If you plan to submit Official transcripts for your application, have your institution send them directly to and we will match them to your application. Transcripts uploaded by you will not be considered official.

    Test Scores

    The Leeds School of Business requires all MBA applicants to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the GRE General Test.  Test scores are valid for up to five (5) years. If you have taken the GMAT or GRE test more than one time, your highest test score will be used in the admissions evaluation. Leeds has made the exam optional for the 2021 admissions cycle due to difficulties surrounding COVID-19. If you wish to not submit an exam, complete the Test Waiver essay within the online application. 

    GMAT code: 11S-Z2-95
    GRE code: 4841 

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    Two letters of recommendation are required. One should be from a person who has supervised or managed your work. The other may be from another supervisor or person with whom you have a professional relationship (i.e. co-worker, colleague, client, vendor, etc.). Recommenders should be able to evaluate your potential to lead and manage others, personal qualities, interpersonal skills, and professional accomplishments. Recommendations can be submitted online as part of the application.


    Applicants are required to submit the following essay:

    Describe your career aspirations, professional development goals, what you are passionate about and how your background, values, academics and leadership skills will enhance the experiences of your fellow MBA students during your studies. (no more than 750 words)

    Application Fee

    A non-refundable application fee of $70 is required, but may be waived for active duty military personnel, veterans, or CU Boulder alumni. Application fees may be paid by credit card, and applications will not be reviewed without payment of the fee. Do not send cash. Application fees are not refundable and will not be waived, except for active duty military personnel.

    Supplemental Items

    All applications must be submitted online. Supplemental items (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) sent by mail should be marked with your full name and date of birth for identification purposes. Send supplemental items to the following address:

    Contact the Graduate Programs Office

    Leeds School of Business
    University of Colorado Boulder
    995 Regent Drive UCB 419
    Boulder, CO 80309-0419