International students are those who already have, or will be applying for, a temporary U.S. visa (most commonly the F-1 and J-1 visas).

If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee, or refugee—or if you have submitted the Form I-485 to the Department of Homeland Security in application for permanent residency status and have received a receipt for the form—you are considered a domestic applicant.

The Leeds School of Business values applications from international candidates. The cultural diversity and perspectives that international students bring to the program enriches the experience for all of our graduate students. We will evaluate candidates from outside the US using the same criteria used for domestic applicants. However, some additional information is required to complete the application for international candidates.

Please visit Visa Information for details. 

A four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent is required for admission into the graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. Admission standards are competitive and students are expected to have excellent academic records. Country-specific requirements for credential and grade standards (for the purpose of prescreening only). Meeting the minimum credential and grade requirements does not guarantee admission.

For admission consideration, we request that you upload unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education (including community colleges, study abroad, summer sessions, and extension programs) in the application. These unofficial transcripts must be complete (including all courses), include grades, 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.


Should you be admitted. Official US/domestic transcripts must be sent electronically, directly from the institution, to us to be considered official. When you order your transcripts, send them directly to and we will match them to your application. Transcripts uploaded by you (the applicant) will not be considered official.

*Official Non-US transcripts/foreign transcripts should be sent electronically, directly from the institution to We can accept signed and sealed transcripts as well. Should you have questions, please contact us at If you need to physically mail them, please mail your official documents to us at the following address with "Attention Leeds Graduate Admissions"

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, FedEx):

Office of Admissions/International             

University of Colorado Boulder                     

3100 Marine Street - 65 UCB

Bldg RL3 Suite A122

Boulder, CO 80303-1058 USA

For standard international mail or mail within the US, including USPS Priority and Express:

Office of Admissions/International

University of Colorado Boulder

3100 Marine St Suite A122

65 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309-0065 USA

The Leeds graduate programs are rigorous both quantitatively and qualitatively and an excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States or whose native language is not English must submit English Proficiency test scores for evaluation. Applicants should request that the scores be reported directly to the University of Colorado Boulder MS program.

We will accept the following tests of language proficiency:

  1. *TOEFL (iBT): A required minimum score of 80+ with a preferred score of 100. TOEFL code 4841 (*TOEFL required for MS Accounting & Taxation)
  2. IELTS: A required minimum score of 6.5+ 
  3. Duolingo:  A required minimum score of 120+ (on the 160 point scale)

Citizens of the following countries are exempt from the language requirement: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (residents of Quebec must submit scores unless they earned a degree from McGill University). The Commonwealth, Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Matt Baca facilitates the MS Biz Comp Bootcamp. The first part addresses the foundation of your message and brand, and includes the following:

  • The culture of the U.S. Business School
  • Academic Honesty, Ethics and Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Professor-Student Contract
  • Business Writing (Case Write-Ups)
  • Business Case Analysis & Discussion
  • Individual and Group Presentations
  • Accent Modification Activities
  • Managing and Participating in a Multicultural Team
  • Managing Conflict on Teams

The second part of the program focuses on taking your message and brand to the world, addressing this task in the following modules: 

  • Marketing You 101
  • Sales Five Golden Rules
  • Your Brand
  • The Job Hunt in America
  • Networking & Small Talk
  • Elevator Pitch/Positioning Statement/Sound Bites
  • Telling Your Story

Read testimonials from Leeds graduate student alums:

“The program was a great way to boost your confidence and show what you would face in the real MBA program. One of the best English courses and prep classes I have ever taken!”

— Seth, Thailand  

“Matt successfully executed a well-planned and to-the-point pre-MBA program and he managed to make us participate in class and conquer our fears and cultural biases.”

— Emre, Turkey

"I am a fully bilingual and bi-cultural student, at first I was a little skeptical about taking what seemed to be an ESL course. Truth be told I was blown away by the usefulness of the program. Once I started the MBA I found that I had a clear head-start on some of the native English speaking students. This program helped me a lot on my writing skills and presentations skills, plus it gave me the confidence boost I needed to start the MBA program.”

“Matt Baca is one of the greatest instructors I have ever had. His livelihood and teaching skills made the course a well-rounded positive experience. His knowledge of worldwide cultures allow him to connect with students from across the globe in order to prepare them for the challenge of an MBA program in the US. Thanks to his course coming back to school has been a smoother transition.”

— Nicolas, Mexico

If offered admission, international applicants are required to submit a financial statement before an I-20 document can be issued. The financial statement assures the University of Colorado Boulder that sufficient funds are available to the student to finance his or her program at the Leeds School of Business. The financial statement must be notarized and signed by a bank official, sponsoring company, or an individual with supporting documentation (such as bank statements from the previous three months). This statement is required and is linked to the program name below or available in the online application. Supply Chain Management & Business Analytics International Financial Statement Real Estate & Finance International Financial Statement

We strongly encourage international candidates to submit applications by the third deadline to allow enough time for the issuance of a student visa.
2023-2024 Application Deadlines Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Final International Deadline Final Domestic Deadline

MS Finance

MS Real Estate

Oct. 2, 2023

Dec. 4, 20223

Feb. 5, 2024

May 13, 2024

July 1, 2024

MS Business Analytics

MS Supply Chain Management

Oct. 2, 2023

Dec. 4, 2023

Feb. 5, 2024

April 15, 2024

May 13, 2024

MS Accounting/MS Taxation

Oct. 2, 2023



March 4, 2024

April 1, 2024

International students need to pay a $70 application fee. We do not waive application fees.

Merit-based scholarship awards are available and awarded at the time of acceptance. These are competitive awards and not everyone who applies will receive an award.

Need-based financial aid is available for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. Eligible non-citizens may be: U.S. permanent residents with an I-551 Conditional permanent residents with an I-551C Noncitizens with an I-94 showing "Asylum Granted," "Refugee," "Indefinite Parole," "Humanitarian Parole,"or "Cuban-Haitian Entrant" Visit EduPass for general information about financial aid for international students studying in the U.S. The Rowe Fund is the student loan program of the Organization of American States. It awards interest-free loans to qualified persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries to help finance graduate, postgraduate, and the final two years of undergraduate studies at accredited universities within the United States.