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Who is University College?

The college of professional and continuing studies at the University of Denver, University College, is one of 11 colleges at DU, such as the college of business or college of law. All of the colleges and programs at the University of Denver hold the highest level of regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a leader in adult education, we are always striving to expand opportunities for adult learners.

What does University College offer?

University College offers busy adults the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree, earn a master's degree, or earn a graduate certificate and/or on campus in the evenings. Most classes (with the exception of BACP and GIS) are also offered for non-credit. University College also offers lifelong learning through the Enrichment Program and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at DU.

Why aren't entrance exams required?

University College does not require the GMAT, GRE, SAT, or ACT for admission. It is our philosophy that entrance exams do not provide an accurate indicator of potential or intellectual aptitude, but rather professional and life experiences do. Studies have shown that aptitude tests do not define quality and do not accurately determine a student's potential, according to research completed by Bates College.

How long does it take to finish a degree?

Bachelor's degrees vary in duration, as each student has a different number of transferrable credits when they enter the program. The average Bachelor of Arts Completion Program student takes two classes per quarter.

Master's degrees typically take two years, but the duration can range from 18 months to five years total.

What are the admission requirements?

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program: Applicants must have completed 40 quarter hours (27 semester hours) of transferable credits from regionally accredited institutions, earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in previous undergraduate work, and have at least three years work experience beyond high school.

Master's: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required.

Certificate: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required.

What is a graduate certificate?

A graduate certificate is designed to help students sharpen their abilities or add to their portfolio of skills in a focused, integrated area of study. Students who already hold a master's degree, or aren't ready to embark on a full master's degree program, will appreciate the shorter, more targeted program provided by the graduate certificate. Six courses (24 credit hours) are required to complete a graduate certificate, and students usually finish in about a year. Credits earned through a graduate certificate program may be applied toward a master's degree in the same concentration.

How long does it take to finish a graduate certificate?

Times will vary based on student schedules, but typically a graduate certificate can be completed in less than a year.

How long do classes last? How often do they meet?

Classes are based on a quarter system and meet for ten weeks. On campus classes meet once a week in the evenings usually between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. If you are taking online classes, you may log in at any time 24/7 to participate; because classes are asynchronous, you do not need to be online at a designated time.

What are the tuition costs?

Tuition costs are as follows:

  • Entire Master's Degree: $27,408
  • Entire Certificate: $13,704
  • Per credit (master's/certificate): $571
  • Per credit (bachelor's): $535

Fees: At University College, we pride ourselves in providing students an affordable tuition and fee rate, priced exclusively for working adults. In most cases, University College students pay a solitary technology fee of $4 per credit hour (exceptions include a $50 lab fee for GIS classes).

What is the difference between a graduate certificate and a master's degree?

A graduate certificate requires six courses(24 credit hours) and is designed to help students sharpen their abilities or add to their skillset through a shorter, focused program. Credits earned through a graduate certificate program may be applied toward a master's degree in the same concentration area. A master's degree at University College requires twelve courses(48 credit hours) and prepares students with an extensive, interdisciplinary education in their chosen field or area. Students who pursue a master's degree will complete a Capstone, a research project or paper that is a culmination of the coursework completed throughout the program.

What does the title of my master's degree mean?

Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
A Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is a nationally recognized master's degree that focuses on the practical, career−relevant aspects of a chosen concentration. Comparable to a Master of Arts (MA) degree, which is based primarily on academics and theoretical learning, the MPS is geared toward terminal degree seekers who want to focus on their professional career goals. Subjects within this degree aren't considered traditional fields of study at a university, instead they offer more applied, career−focused subjects for adult professionals. In addition to the University of Denver, several other prestigious academic institutions that offer the MPS degree include: Cornell, Northeastern University, NYU, and Georgetown University.

Master of Applied Science (MAS)
The Master of Applied Science (MAS) focuses on the practical, hands−on elements of a chosen degree concentration, opposed to the more academic, theoretical-based education provided by the Master of Science (MS) degree. The MAS degree is a nationally-recognized practitioner degree for those seeking a more vocational graduate program that can be applied to specific, professional careers. Students are able to customize their MAS degree, and the capstone project is intended to be useful for real-life application in the workplace or for career advancement. Overall, the MAS degree provides a more unique experience for students currently working in their chosen career fields. In addition to the University of Denver, several other prestigious academic institutions that offer the MAS degree include: the University of Nebraska, University of Toronto, University of Washington, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)
The Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree is focused on a flexible curriculum that caters to professionals seeking an interdisciplinary degree that stretches beyond general liberal arts programs. Coursework will often tie in wide-ranging subjects from a variety of disciplines, including the humanities or social sciences. Typically this practical graduate degree requires a final capstone project that works in conjunction with a traditional thesis, opposed to a strictly academic thesis. In addition to the University of Denver, several other prestigious academic institutions that offer the MLS degree include: Dartmouth College, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University.

What will my diploma look like?

Your diploma will state that you are a graduate of the University of Denver and it will include your degree title. It will not indicate if you took classes on campus or online.

Is every program offered online?

Every program at University College can be completed 100% online. Note that some students require on campus courses for financial aid reasons or student visa requirements; please check with your academic advisor to make sure there are enough on campus course options in your selected program.

When can I start my program?

University College operates on the quarter system, which means that courses begin in fall, winter, spring, and summer. Most programs give the option to start during any quarter. GIS students who want to complete the program completely on campus start twice a year in either fall or spring. Students in the Translation Studies program may begin in fall or spring.

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