The Leeds Masters Programs (MS) admissions requirements are competitive and thorough. The business school admissions committee conducts a holistic review of each application to select the best possible candidates for each program. Your academic cohort of today is your professional network of tomorrow -- trust us to select only the best and brightest to be your peers in and out of the classroom.

Our decisions are based on a number of criteria, as listed below. Our MS admissions requirements reflect our desire for intellectual leaders who will make their mark in the business world, from supply chain to real estate.

Wondering which program is the best fit for you? Feel free to reach out to our business school admissions team at leedsgrad@colorado.edu or review our calendar for upcoming recruitment events near you.

First and foremost in our consideration is your ability to successfully complete the academic requirements of the program. Students must demonstrate a record of academic success at the undergraduate level along with significant quantitative skill. We assess your academic abilities through a thorough review of your undergraduate record, test scores and any post-graduate courses (if applicable).

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree at a regionally accredited institution. In addition to the cumulative grade point average, we also consider the academic caliber of the institution awarding the degree and the rigor of the undergraduate. No specific undergraduate coursework or degree is required for admission to the MS programs. Depending on evaluation of your undergraduate academic background, the admissions committee may require prerequisite or recommend review courses.

The GMAT and GRE are other indicators of academic competitiveness. In particular these exams are an objective measure of your verbal, quantitative and writing skills and are a significant predictor of success in an MS program. Please note the Accounting and Taxation programs require the GMAT

Due to COVID-19's effects on worldwide GMAT/GRE testing access, the GMAT/GRE test component of Leeds Graduate Programs' admissions criteria for MBA and All MS except Accounting and Taxation will be optional until further notice. The admissions committee has always taken a holistic approach to reviewing applications. When a test score is not submitted, we will evaluate all components of the application to determine success, as well as the supplemental essay requested to provide additional insight and support of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to highlight all strengths, particularly addressing academic success and quantitative aptitude in the additional essay. NOTE:  An exam score is required to be considered for special/named scholarship awards.

Work experience is not required for admission, but professional work experience adds relevance and richness to classroom discussions and project work.

We value the experience and ideas our students bring to the program and the leadership they demonstrate in adding to the continual improvement of our programs. An ability and willingness to contribute to the program and the collaborative community are often reflected in the comments from your recommenders and in your past involvement and leadership experience.

Your personal statement should provide the admissions committee with insight into your candidacy. It is your opportunity to “tell your story” -- to explain your interests, goals and experience and to highlight strengths that may not be represented by your college transcript or test scores.

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from people in a position to evaluate your academic and/or professional potential. Recommenders should be able to evaluate your academic strengths, potential to lead, personal qualities, interpersonal skills and professional potential. CU Students, please review the privacy considerations when making your request.

Nate Holt, Assistant Director of Admissions and Outreach shares information about the MS programs and admissions processes.