Frequently Asked Questions
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 online 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 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required. See admission requirements for further details.
Certificate: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required. See admission requirements for further details.
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?
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). For the current academic year tuition rates, please visit the master’s and certificate tuition page, bachelor’s tuition page, or non-credit tuition.
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 Science (MS)
The Master of Science (MS) degree title aligns with the naming conventions of graduate degrees in technical fields. Additionally, technical graduate programs that focus on analysis, research, writing, and critical thinking and are led by appointed faculty offer MS degrees. Typically this graduate degree requires a final capstone project that works in conjunction with a traditional thesis, opposed to a strictly academic thesis. This degree also requires research coursework to be completed. In addition to the University of Denver, several other prestigious academic institutions that offer the MS degree include Columbia University, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, Harvard, Duke, and many more.
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 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 (e.g., Master of Science or Master of Arts). The diploma will not include the specific area of study and it will not indicate if you took classes on campus or online. This is standard practice at the University of Denver and true for most American universities. Your transcripts will be the official document that reflects your program of study and will include specific course titles and grades.