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 Jane Shaw speaks to students in the Veterinary Management Institute in CSU's College of Business. Our combined DVM/MBA program will teach you business skills to improve your economic success as a veterinarian.

DVM/MBA Combined Degree Program

This five-year program partners with CSU's College of Business. As a member of this program, you will have the benefit of being a part of a highly competitive veterinary program with small class sizes and access to world-class business and research opportunities. When you have completed this program, you will receive both the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Business Administration degrees.

How do I apply?

In order to begin the DVM/MBA program, you must have completed a bachelor's degree. You may apply for admission to the DVM/MBA program prior to receiving your undergraduate degree, but you must be awarded the bachelor's degree prior to matriculation in the fall. (Exceptions to this policy are infrequently granted.)

To pursue admission to this program, you must:

  1. Fill out an application using the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).

  2. Complete the DVM/MBA section of the Colorado Supplemental Application (CSA). Learn more about the CSA and other DVM entrnace requirements on the DVM Application Procedures page.​

  3. Once admitted to the DVM/MBA program you must submit an application to the CSU Graduate School.

What happens once I receive an offer?

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined DVM/MBA program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular DVM admissions pool. When decisions are released, if a candidate receives an OFFER to the DVM/MBA program, they will not be further considered in the regular DVM admissions pool, regardless of whether or not they accept or decline the DVM/MBA offer. If a candidate is denied or designated as an alternate for the DVM/MBA program, your application will be considered in the regular DVM admissions pool. 

If you withdraw your acceptance to the DVM/MBA program before/after matriculation into the graduate program,  you will be dismissed from the professional DVM program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the DVM program or the graduate school. 

What kind of financial aid could I receive?

The College of Business offers assistantships for DVM/MBA students in year 1 of their program who register for 8 or more credits (contact Gretchen Peterson​ at the College of Business for more information about this opportunity). DVM/MBA students are given "priority " for student hourly jobs at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. All veterinary students are eligible to apply for the competitive scholarships and awards in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Other scholarships and financial aid can be obtained through the CSU Student Financial Services.

If you obtain Colorado domicile (not the same as "residency"), it is possible to be admitted to the DVM portion of the conbined program as a Colorado sponsored student.

Once I begin, what will my overall curriculum look like?

Your program is outlined as follows:

  • Year 1: Begin the MBA program

  • Years 2 & 3: Courses toward your MBA and your DVM

  • Years 4 & 5: Full-time course load toward your DVM

After successfully completing your first year of the MBA program you will be offered admission to begin your DVM. Your MBA degree is conferred up completion of your third year of the DVM/MBA program.

For more in-depth information about this combined program, please visit the DVM Student Resources website as well as the DVM/MBA Course Schedule.​​

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