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Undergraduate Capstone Exam Information

The ETS® Major Field Test for the Bachelor’s Degree in Business contains 120 multiple-choice questions designed to measure a student’s subject knowledge and the ability to apply facts, concepts, theories and analytical methods. The test covers the following areas: Accounting, Economics, Management, Quantitative Business Analysis, Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Legal and Social Environment, and International Issues.  Some questions are grouped in sets and based on diagrams, charts and data tables. The questions represent a wide range of difficulty and cover depth and breadth in assessing students’ achievement levels.

The ETS exam is required of all students who wish to graduate with a degree in a business related major from the University of Colorado Denver.  It is administered during the semester when students take the “capstone course” (MGMT 4500: Business Policy and Strategic Management), because by then they have completed all other relevant coursework.  Students cannot graduate without taking ETS exam.  Your score is worth 10% of your final grade in MGMT 4500: Business Policy and Strategic Management.  Using such an exam ensures the faculty and employers that the students have learned what is necessary and assures students that they have been exposed to nationally relevant and appropriate material during their education at CU Denver.

ETS Review Resources


What is the ETS?

This exam is designed to measure the basic knowledge and understanding achieved by senior undergraduates in their major field of study.  Our scores are compared to other accredited institutions of comparable size, allowing employers nationwide to see that our students are getting a quality education.

Why do we have to take the ETS?

The data helps the instructors in the college by making sure they are teaching relevant topics to allow our students to succeed in the business world.  It provides external validation of a student’s education for all concerned.

How much will the ETS exam count?

The ETS exam will be 10% of your grade in MGMT 4500: Business Policy and Strategic Management. Your score will be scaled based on your performance on the exam. The percentage you receive is set by the Business School. MGMT4500 is simply a vehicle for administering the ETS test. The instructor(s) of MGMT 4500 do not have discretion to waive the exam or change how the exam counts in their course.

Where do I take the exam?

On-campus students

On-campus students will take the exam, as a group, in computers labs at the Business School.  You will be sent an email asking you to register to take the exam prior to the stat of the semester when you register for MGMT 4500: Business Policy and Strategic Management.

Online students

If you reside outside the Denver metro ares, it is your responsibility to find a proctor and have them contact us to get the information necessary to sign in for the exam.  You can contact a library, community college, school district or government office.  They need to be nearby during the exam, first to log you in and then to be available in case you get bumped out (rare!).

What format can I expect on this exam?

The exam is a multiple choice, online exam.  You are allowed a pencil and piece of paper but no calculator.  You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.

How do I know how I did?

Your grade will be available as soon as you complete the exam.

Can I predict the outcome of the exam after I take it?

No!  Students who think they’ve bombed it often do well, and vice versa.  Again, review and take it seriously!

How do I prepare for this exam?

To assist you further, we have provided revew materials (above) which has information regarding the ETS areas and topic contents. We also recommend you review your class notes and exams.

University of Colorado Denver Business School

Nordic Commerce Conference: Students welcome to attend

The Nordic Chambers of Commerce is coming to Colorado and you have the opportunity to attend their conference for free! The Business School and the Institute for International Business (IIB) are providing registration scholarships to Business School students.

This event provides an opportunity to learn about:

  1. Economic growth and trade and investment opportunities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, and
  2. Nordic companies operating in the United States that seek partners, distributors, buyers, employees, and technologies.
  3. Nordic businesses respect intellectual property rights, follow contract law, pay in a timely manner, need advanced technologies, and are easy to cooperate with.

If you have ever considered studying in these countries or working with these markets, this is the event to attend.

Scholarship Application

Apply now to receive one of 15 full-day conference scholarships of $35 each.

Do not register for the event if you would like to receive a scholarship. Apply for the scholarship and IIB will register on your behalf.

Registration scholarship applications will be accepted until September 13 and awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship decision by September 14. To register, please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • What year you are in school
  • Major in the Business School
  • Indicate whether you are a member of the International Business Student Network

Nordic Commerce Conference

The Nordic Chambers of Commerce, Nordic Consuls, CU Denver, and the international business community are joining forces to organize the first annual Nordic Commerce Conference in Colorado held on September 21 at CU Denver and the SpringHill Marriott Hotel.


7:30 a.m. Nordic Business Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Nordic Business Opportunities: Live Videoconference
10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: Nordic Companies in the U.S.

12:00 p.m. Luncheon: Thriving in a Multicultural Business Environment

12:00-2:00 p.m. Company Display Tables Highlighting Products
2:00 p.m. Discussion Groups: Biotech & Healthcare, Information & Communications Technologies, Energy & the Environment, Education & Training; and Retail, Recreation & Travel
3:00 p.m. Speed Networking (U.S. and Nordic entrepreneurs, students and business people engage in short meetings
4:15 p.m. Awards Program: Icelandic Ambassador Geir Haarde, “Enhancing U.S.-Nordic Friendship and Commerce”

5:00 p.m. Reception (SpringHill Hotel Reception Ballroom)
5:30 p.m. Nordic Dance Troupe
6:00 p.m. Remarks from Icelandic Ambassador Geir Haarde
6:15 p.m. Swedish Crayfish Festival, Hotel Dining Ballroom
Live Nordic Music and “Snaps” Songs

8:00 p.m. Event Ends

If you’d like to register without a scholarship, please do so here. (Do NOT use this link if you are applying for the scholarship)

Student Ticket Prices

  • Daytime Events (until 5:00 p.m.) $20
  • Evening Events (until 8:00 p.m.) $20
  • Daytime and Evening Events $35


Co-Sponsored by: The CU Denver Business School,  Institute for International Business and the Center for International Business Education & Research,  Office of International Affairs