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MSU Denver and Colorado Heights University Establish Business School Partnership

Contact: Tim Carroll, MSU Denver Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Terrie Taziri, CHU Office 303-937-4099, Cell 720-810-3266
En Espanol: Francisco Miraval 720-936-1769

Posted: October 21, 2013

(Denver) — Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has partnered with Colorado Heights University (CHU) to authorize general studies and business core transfer credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree in one of five business disciplines: accounting, computer information systems, finance, management and marketing.

“This partnership focuses on removing perceived barriers to education, while encouraging greater diversity of ideas and backgrounds in our programs,” says Ann Murphy, dean of the MSU Denver School of Business. “Both universities feel that, through this arrangement, we can attract new students that may not otherwise consider either institution individually.”

Fifteen courses, equating to more than three semesters of classes, now are preauthorized for transfer to MSU Denver with a grade of C or higher. CHU students must meet all of MSU Denver’s standard admission and application requirements.

“Whether our students come from the local neighborhoods or from countries overseas, students can receive individualized support at CHU at the start, to assist them in getting acclimated to the college experience, and then move on to a much larger academic offering at MSU Denver,” says Doug Bjerkaas, CHU chief operating officer, adding that this partnership with MSU Denver is the first of its kind and it gives us the opportunity to provide additional options to students we strive to serve.

MSU Denver and CHU have advisers to help students get credits transferred. CHU’s next program cycle starts Oct. 28 and MSU Denver’s application deadline for the spring semester is Nov. 18.

Another benefit to the partnership allows students to live in student housing on the CHU campus at an affordable student rate, ranging from $180 to $400 a month. CHU’s dorms are just 1.5 miles from the Englewood light-rail station, providing easy access to downtown Denver and the Auraria campus. 

An official signing ceremony to launch the partnership will be Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the main administration building on the CHU campus. Murphy and Bjerkaas will officiate the ceremony. Other attendees will include Greg Reid, CHU dean of Academics and Library; and Pam Smith, CHU executive director of Admissions and Marketing. 


About Colorado Heights University

Colorado Heights University, is an American, private, not-for-profit, secular, residential, and international university offering Bachelor of Art and MBA degree programs in international business, as well as a bridge Intensive English and TOEFL® Preparation course for those who need additional English language instruction. The university specializes in providing individualized attention both inside and outside the classroom to international and first-generation college students coming from roughly 50 different countries of origin, speaking more than 40 languages. CHU is located at 3001 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, at the former site of the historical Loretto Heights College.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.