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An Awards Duo: Daniels named “Best School in the Western U.S.” by European CEO Magazine

Daniels ranked in the top 100 Executive MBA programs in the world by the Financial Times

DENVER–The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business was named as the “Best Business School in the Western U.S.” by European CEO Magazine. The Daniels College of Business won the award based upon the success of Daniels in creating a learning environment founded on ethical leadership while maintaining real world relevance.  Its innovative curriculum, the Daniels Compass, is a series of required graduate courses that provide students with the ethical bearings and leadership skills to navigate complex business situations and to consider the economic, ethical, legal, political and environmental implications of business decisions.  The judging panel took into account that the Daniels experiential learning projects are focused on solving real-world issues including projects in Peru, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Albania to work on various aspects of sustainability challenges faced by corporate and civil society organizations.  The global reach of Daniels as well as its engagement with regional organizations made Daniels an outstanding example of how a business school can add real value to both international and local communities.

“At Daniels, ethics is at the core of all that we do and is the foundation for all that we teach,” said Daniels Dean Christine Riordan. “We want to create well-rounded business leaders who value social responsibility as much as a healthy bottom line. Most important, it is our commitment to change the way the world thinks about business—and how business thinks about the world.”

In October 2011, the Financial Times ranked the executive MBA program at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business as one of the world’s top 100 EMBA programs in its annual ranking. The Daniels EMBA program, tailored to working mid-career professionals, is the only Colorado program included in the ranking.


As the eighth-oldest collegiate school of business in the country, Daniels has built a curriculum that focuses on important issues such as ethical business practice, globalization, entrepreneurship, and values-based leadership. In September 2011, the Aspen Institute ranked Daniels No. 15 on a list of the Top 100 business schools in the world and No. 2 in the world for small MBA programs in its Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking. In May 2011, Daniels was ranked the second-best in the U.S. in ethics; No. 15 in accounting; No. 23 in international business; No. 43 in sustainability; and No. 47 in financial management in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual ranking of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs by Specialty. In March 2011, BusinessWeek placed the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business at No. 64 in their undergraduate programs ranking, advancing 10 points from its 2010 ranking of No. 74. In October 2010, the Daniels College of Business Executive MBA program was ranked No. 95 in the world by the Financial Times – the sole Colorado school to be ranked. In April 2010, U.S. News’ part time M.B.A. ranking placed the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business program in the top 70 in the U.S.  In November 2009, BusinessWeek ranked the Daniels’ Professional MBA program for working professionals 53rd in the country, the only Colorado business school in the rankings. In October 2009, Daniels was named No. 20 in the world for teaching of business ethics by the Aspen Institute.  For more information, visit:

Julie Lucas, Daniels College of Business
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