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Why University College

The University of Denver's college of professional and continuing studies, University College, provides fully accredited educational experiences specifically designed for busy adults. As a leader in adult education, University College at the University of Denver is committed to making earning a highly regarded accredited degree possible and affordable for adults.

Our faculty and staff understand the challenges of balancing family, work, and school for our students. We respect our students' commitment of time, resources, and energy, and are dedicated to providing programs that focus on the highest quality, most career-relevant, and applied content, effective instruction and formats, and efficient online and evening delivery.


You've heard it before: customizable degrees. But what does that mean? At the University of Denver's University College, it means you custom build a master's degree or graduate certificate that suits your interests and your career. Mix and match courses from your program of course, along with courses in related areas offered at University College. The skills you develop in these courses prepare you for today and long into the future.


We follow industry trends and ensure content is in-depth and up-to-date. Of the top 100 careers as ranked by PayScale, more than half are direct career outcomes reached through our academic programs-programs led by a combination of practitioner faculty, who are professionally active in the fields they teach about, and full-time University of Denver faculty. From healthcare to information technology, marketing to leadership, careers with high growth potential and excellent quality of life are achieved by graduates of University College.

Online and Evenings

At University College, courses are offered 100% online or in the evenings on campus at the University of Denver. We respect our students' commitment of time, resources, and energy, and are dedicated to providing programs that focus on the highest quality, most career-relevant, and applied content, effective instruction and formats, and efficient online and evening delivery.

Top 100 University

DU Top 100Consistently ranked as one of the nation's top 100 universities by U.S. News & World Report, we are proud to be part of a 150-year tradition of academic excellence and forward thinking. In 2016, our online bachelor's program ranked as No. 20 in the nation and our online master's IT program ranked as No. 25 in the country. While rankings don't paint the whole picture, they do provide valuable insight to the options available to prospective students. U.S. News ranks schools based on five categories ranging from student engagement to technology, admissions selectivity to faculty credentials.

Graduate Program

All of our graduate programs are fully accredited, offered online and evenings, and are guided by specific academic outcomes. Our instructors are accomplished professionals in the subject areas in which they teach and industry advisory boards provide input to help guide the direction of our programs. All of this ensures that students receive a degree that can be used right away with the most up−to−date best practices, and prepares graduates for future developments in their industry.

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program

University College offers working adults who have at least one year of transferrable college credit the ability to finish their degree and earn a bachelor of arts degree evenings or online. We believe that earning a bachelor's degree should be a life changing experience. That's why we meet students where they are in their lives now, not where they were when they started their degrees years ago. Instead of asking students to repeat introductory first−year subjects, we present courses that are more challenging and appropriate for experiences as working adults.


Graduate classes
At University College, we believe that education is truly a lifelong process and that the key to a dynamic and healthy community is actively engaged members of that community. That's why we are proud to offer non−credit educational experiences through our graduate programs, which give community members the opportunity to stay engaged in an active discussion on topics from history and contemporary issues to science, literature and the arts, and much more−without the pressures of exams, grades, or admission requirements. Those who wish to take graduate level classes at University College without credit are welcome to do so.

Enrichment Program
Discover a new interest, learn more about a favorite subject, deepen appreciation of the arts or explore current events. Whatever your motivation, this exciting, non−credit program is sure to stimulate your interests and make learning a part of your life!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
A membership program designed for men and women age 50 and "better" who wish to pursue lifelong learning in the company of like−minded peers, OLLI offers non−credit courses. Modern Languages: University College's Modern Languages program can give you what you need to communicate in another language, increase professional opportunities, become a more knowledgeable traveler, and gain an entrée into another culture−all in a relaxed setting with other adults. Modern Language courses may be taken as non−credit classes.


The mission of University College is to provide access to education at the University of Denver through courses that explore engaging and timely subjects, employ convenient formats, and are offered at affordable cost. Drawing on the expertise and workplace experience of thoughtfully selected faculty, and using evening and online formats, University College provides its diverse community of students with choices among bachelor's completion, master's degree programs, and graduate certificates to promote professional advancement, as well as credit and non-credit courses of general interest for continuing personal growth and development.


As an educational community, we embrace intellectual rigor, integrity, excellence, and choice.In our programs, we value teaching guided by clear objectives and appropriate strategies; learning enhanced by collaboration and technology; and practice informed by scholarship and experience. In providing services to our students, we value responsiveness, accessibility, flexibility, and personal attention characterized by honesty, fairness, and respect.


In a highly competitive environment, University College will be a recognized center of educational excellence through the development and delivery of certificate and degree programs that reflect market demands and anticipate future needs. Our customized programs designed for business, government, and not-for-profit organizations will be in high demand. Our broad array of opportunities for personal enrichment will serve the needs of the community and be acknowledged as the best in the region. A shared experience of relevant content and advanced methods of instruction will produce a global community of satisfied students who will become loyal and involved alumni.


University College embraces inclusive excellence through its commitment to equality of opportunity, inclusiveness, fairness, mutual respect, and dignity in all its professional and academic endeavors. We value all differences, visible and invisible, including age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and other critical social dimensions. We fulfill our commitment to inclusive excellence through communication, action, and cultural awareness. We reject behavior that is not compatible with this vision.

We believe that the unconditional awareness, support, and appreciation of diversity among co-workers, faculty, students and alumni foster a climate in which productivity, knowledge, creativity, and satisfaction will flourish. By embracing diversity, through the pursuit of departmental and curricular initiatives that further our mission, we enhance our relationship with the communities we come from, we serve, and on which we depend.

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Student Experience

From start to finish, the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program provides an unparalleled experience that helps you do more for your career, family, and community.

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Online classes are designed and delivered for busy adults seeking a convenient option to pursue education.

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Lifelong Learning

Non-credit classes offer diverse, interesting topics from politics to the arts, nature to technology. Stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity−all for the love of learning!