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Combined Degree Admission

Geared for busy adults who wish to pursue a bachelor's and master's simultaneously, the combined degree program at University College offers a unique dual experience. By substituting two graduate courses for two undergraduate courses, students reduce the total time by 8 quarter hours and reduce the cost by approximately $3,700.

Combined degree students can expect a challenging, applied undergraduate and graduate education that will help you excel in a variety of fields. Select a bachelor's degree major and then choose from a range of master's degrees and specialties. See the options below:



Admission Application Deadlines

Spring 2017 −
Summer 2017 −

Please note that all items must be received by posted deadlines.

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Spring 2017 −
Summer 2017 −

Please note that all items must be received by posted deadlines. The application deadline for international applicants is earlier to accommodate the extra steps required for evaluation and to allow admitted applicants to participate in the International Student Preparation Week.

Admission Criteria

Candidates for the combined degree program at University College at the University of Denver are evaluated based on the following criteria. Entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT are NOT required.

Review admission criteria

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program (BACP) students with between 80 and 140 hours of credit are eligible to apply. Students must also meet the following criteria:

  • 3.5 GPA or higher in the BACP
  • 8 credits completed in the BACP
  • Job-related experience or aspirations that confirm interest and ability to excel in the combined degree experience.

Steps To Apply

Combined degree applications consist of six components; the step-by-step process is outlined below. Personal statements/essays, résumés, and supplemental materials should be uploaded and submitted at the same time as the online application to ensure efficient processing. Accepted BACP students must formally apply to the master's degree program and submit the application fee.

1. Application Form

Apply to University College

Watch this short video for instructions on how to apply

To begin the online application:

  • a. Go to gradadmissions.du.edu/apply.
  • b. Click on create an account
  • c. Register your email address, name, and birthdate (you will receive a temporary PIN in the email address provided)
  • d. Login with your ID number and temporary PIN
  • e. Create a new passcode
  • f. Click on Start New Application
  • g. Choose the year and term you wish to apply to (please review admission application deadlines and specific program related deadlines to ensure your application is for the correct term)
  • h. Click on Open Application if the term and year information is accurate
  • i. In Program Information, choose University College
  • j. Choose your major (Some University College undergraduate majors and graduate majors have very similar names. If your degree does not appear in the drop down menu after choosing a major, please double-check the major list for the appropriate major.)
  • k. Choose your degree and concentration, if applicable
  • l. Complete the program information section and continue through the application
  • m. Submit the application (you will be redirected to the applicant status page and will receive an email indicating we have received your application)
  • n. Pay your application fee and upload supplemental documents on the applicant status page
  • o. Check your applicant status page frequently to monitor missing application materials

You should receive an automatic email after submitting your application online confirming receipt of your application, and reminding you of any missing application

2. Application Fee

A $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay online or by phone with a credit card or via mail by check or money order.

3. Résumé

Submit a résumé listing your current employers and professional experiences. Your résumé should be uploaded with your online application.

4. Personal Statement

Please write an essay (approximately two pages, double-spaced) indicating how you think this degree will enhance your career plans and/or meet your educational goals. Upload your essay with your online application. Personal statement guidelines.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation

Two confidential letters of recommendation are required. Letter of recommendation requests are sent to your recommender via e-mail within one business day of submitting your online application. You will be asked to provide names and e-mail addresses for your recommenders on your online application. We suggest you notify your recommender in advance that the recommendation request e-mail will be coming from University College at the University of Denver. This will allow him/her return the recommendation form electronically. Letters should be completed by individuals such as former instructors, supervisors, coworkers, and individuals you know from community activities who can speak to your professional strengths and aptitude for graduate study.

Please contact your letter of recommendation providers a day or two after submitting your application to verify they received the e-mail and letter of recommendation form. If your letter of recommendation provider is unable to submit an electronic copy, he/she may download the recommendation letter form and submit it in a sealed envelope signed across the back.

6. Approved Degree Plan

Your degree plan is a roadmap that details the required courses that are part of your academic program. A degree plan is required to complete the admission process and can be completed through our online Degree Builder tool.

An advising appointment is required to facilitate the admission process. During this appointment, your advisor will review and approve your combined degree plan and address any questions you have about the program and the process of becoming a University of Denver student.


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All credentials submitted become property of the University of Denver and cannot be copied or returned to the student or any person(s).



Contact Information

University College Building
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

Admission: 303-871-6077, 800-347-2042, or Ucoladm@du.edu
International Admission: 303-871-6148, 800-347-2042 (option 4), or ucolintl@du.edu

Advising: 303-871-2291 or 800-347-2042
Student Support Center: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042 (option 1), or ucolsupport@du.edu.

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