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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

Summer 2015 −
Fall 2015 −
Winter 2016 −
Spring 2016 −

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

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Summer 2015 −
Fall 2015 −
Winter 2016 −
Spring 2016 −

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.

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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
  • b. Select "apply for admission".
  • c. Create a new ID and PIN.
  • d. The first page asks you to select the college to which you are applying. Select "University College".
  • e. You are then prompted to enter a degree. Select the appropriate master's degree.
  • f. Select a major.
  • g. Select a concentration.
  • h. Fill out all sections of the application thoroughly.
  • j. Submit the application and pay the application fee online.

You should receive an email from our Admission Office within a week of submitting your application online confirming receipt of your application, and reminding you of any missing application materials.

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
International Admission: 303-871-6148, 800-347-2042 (option 4), or

Advising: 303-871-2291 or 800-347-2042
Student Support Center: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042 (option 1), or

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