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Admission Process

Master's degree applications consist of six components; the step-by-step process is outlined below. Statement of purpose, résumés, and supplemental materials should be uploaded and submitted after the application form has been submitted through the application status page to ensure efficient processing.

Admission Application Deadlines

Summer 2018 −
Fall 2018 −
Winter 2019 −

What is due by the admission deadline? Just your online application, but to ensure timely admission decisions, all application materials should be submitted by posted deadlines.

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Spring 2018 −
Summer 2018 −
Fall 2018 −
Winter 2019 −

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

University College at the University of Denver offers admission to applicants who demonstrate the highest potential for successful graduate study. Applicants are evaluated by the individual programs to which they apply on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise as evidenced by academic records, letters of reference,  and other pertinent data. An applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Degree:  Applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  • The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree. An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.

  • Standardized Test Scores:  GMAT and GRE are not required.

International student requirements

There are additional international student requirements. Students whose native language is not English must also attend the International Student Preparation Week prior to attending classes.

English proficiency requirements

If english is not your native language, you are required to provide english proficiency either with a degree completed within the U.S or passing CAE, TOEFL or IELTS.

Internationally educated documents required

See step 3 under additional requirements on the international admissions page.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 12 credit hours toward a master's degree as long as the graduate coursework and credit hours were earned within a five year period preceding the request for transfer hours from a regionally accredited institution. All transfer credit must carry a minimum grade of B and may not have been applied toward another degree program. Transfer credit may not be applied toward graduate certificate requirements. Students must request transfer credit during their first quarter of enrollment and transfer credit hours must be submitted on the Transfer of Credit Request form and be approved by the University of Denver Registrar's Office.

Steps To Apply

Master's degree applications consist of seven 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.

Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online (requests for accommodation may be granted).

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. 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. Official Transcripts from Each Post-Secondary Institution Attended

A regionally accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Submit one official transcript from each college or university where 2 quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credit earned as transfer work and study abroad.

Transcripts may be submitted electronically or by mail. The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution if it meets the criteria outlined by the Office of the Registrar. If your institution offers the option to send transcripts electronically using a secure service, please request them to send it to If sent by mail, official transcripts must arrive at University College.

Please send transcripts to the following address: University of Denver
University College
ATTN: Graduate Admission
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

Download transcript request.

4. Two References

Two confidential references are required. Reference requests are sent to your recommender via email once you complete that portion of the application. You will be asked to provide names and email addresses for your recommenders on your online application. We suggest you notify your recommender in advance that the reference request email will be coming from University College at the University of Denver. This will allow him/her to return the recommendation form electronically. References 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 email and letter of recommendation form. You may resend the recommender notice through your application status page.

5. Personal Statement

A personal statement (two pages double spaced, 450-550 words) is required. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance career plans and meet educational goals. Some questions to consider are (a) what do you expect to learn and achieve in your degree program? (b) what kind of professional position do you anticipate having five years after you earn this degree? (c) what experiences have you had that form the foundation for these career or educational goals? Sharing personal experiences, abilities, achievements, and goals is encouraged. This document has considerable influence in the decision to admit applicants with attention given to written communication skills, clarity, and organization.Please submit this through the application status page.

6. Résumé

Submit a résumé listing your current employers and professional experiences. Your résumé should be uploaded on the application page.

7. Programs with Additional Requirements

Master of Arts Professional Creative Writing

In addition to a statement of purpose, the Master of Arts Professional Creative Writing requires a creative writing sample (2-3 pages) in the genre of your choice. Please submit a writing sample via the application status page.

Start Application Process

You may skip any section calling for test scores, unless you are an international student and require submission of a CAE, TOEFL or IELTS score. We strongly encourage applicants to upload statement of purpose, résumés, supplemental documents and to submit letter of recommendation provider names and emails with the online application to ensure efficient processing. Applications and fees are valid for the term for which you have applied, after which point you may be asked to submit an updated application and fee to re-activate your application file.

All materials submitted as part of any application for admission to the University of Denver become property of the University. Materials will not be copied, returned or released to the applicant or any third party.

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, 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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