Master of Arts in Emergent Digital Practices
Following are the simple steps to apply for the Master of Arts in Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the EDP program or MA degree, contact EDP Graduate Director, Laleh Mehran. For questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies. There is also a PDF for 2016-2017 admission requirements here.
MA Admission Requirements
Apply Online / Application Deadline
- Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Apply online
- All online materials must be received, and all supplemental materials including transcripts must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies, by the program’s priority deadline: January 20. The program admits for the fall quarter only. After the priority deadline, applications will be considered through May 31 for fall admission.
- A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.
- Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.
Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU. The minimum GPA for incoming EDP MA students is 2.75 with a strong preference for a GPA over 3.0 on an A = 4.0 scale. The minimum GPA for incoming EDP MA students who have previous graduate work is 3.0 on an A = 4.0 scale.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school.
- The applicant is responsible for obtaining all transcripts.
- Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English.
- DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts.
- Official study abroad transcripts are required unless the course titles, grades and credit earned abroad appear on another transcript.
- Transcripts from outside of the U.S. are evaluated by the Office of International Student Admission. This process can take three to four weeks and must be complete by the program’s stated deadline. Therefore, applicants with a degree from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early. Applicants educated outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials.
- The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided by the following approved agencies: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS); Docufide/Parchment; National Student Clearinghouse; Naviance; Royall and Company; and, Scrip-Safe. Electronic transcripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please see the Graduate Bulletin for additional information about Transcripts.
Paper transcripts should be sent to the following address:
University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
Application to the MA program in Emergent Digital Practices requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.
- Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency.
- The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
Please see the Graduate Bulletin for more information about admissions examinations.
Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language, regardless of citizenship status.
- Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received.
- The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.
- The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the EDP program at DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
- The minimum IELTS score accepted by the EDP program is 6.0.
- Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 24-25 on the TOEFL speaking section or 7.5 on the IELTS speaking section. Please see the Graduate Policy Manual for complete English language proficiency requirements.
- Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other standardized graduate entrance examinations. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
- Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) prior to matriculation.
- In cases where minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores were not achieved or no English proficiency test was taken, the EDP program may offer English Conditional Admission (ECA) to academically qualified non-native English speakers. Such applicants must take training through DU’s English Language Center to meet the English language requirement. English language training at centers outside of DU will not be counted toward meeting English language proficiency requirements. International applicants with a three-year baccalaureate degree or any other academic deficiencies cannot be granted English Conditional Admission.
Please see the Graduate Bulletin for more information about additional standards for non-native English speakers.
MA applicants are required to submit a 2–4 page personal statement explaining motivation for application, personal and professional goals, and any information or perspectives that will better inform the faculty of your capability to pursue graduate-level work in the EDP program.
- Students should specifically address their interest in the EDP program.
- The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
Resume / C.V.
A resume or C.V. is required. This should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
Three letters of recommendation, preferably academic in nature, are required.
- Letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system.
- Requests for letters should be sent to recommenders well in advance so the letters are on file by the application deadline.
For MA applicants, submission of portfolios, demo reels, or other samples of work is optional. If you choose to submit these materials, they should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
If necessary, send DVDs or CDs, with a self-addressed postage-paid envelope for their return, to:
Emergent Digital Practices
2000 East Asbury Ave., 216 Sturm Hall
University of Denver, Denver CO 80208
For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information.
- International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete, with all materials on file in the admission office, at least eight weeks prior to the program’s application deadline.
- The Graduate Policies and Procedures provides complete details regarding admission requirements.
Required proficiencies for admission include:
- Ability to synthesize complex ideas and create hypothesis
- Critical perspectives on technology and/or culture
- Basic familiarity with computers and the internet
- For non-native English speakers, a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (iBT) / 550 (paper-based) is required. Students with scores close to this may be admitted conditionally and take a quarter of English Language courses at the University of Denver before starting their degree. These courses will not count towards the degree.
Proficiencies are evaluated via the personal essay, the transcripts, recommendation letters, and standardized tests.
Evaluation of Applicants
Applicants for the EDP MA are evaluated with the following criteria, in order of priority:
- Clarity in how the pursuit of the MA degree will forward the applicants goals in life and education
- Understanding of how the EDP MA degree specifically will meet the applicant's goals
- Transcripts, GRE Scores, and Letters of Recommendation that support the stated goals and associated skill-sets
- Transcripts, GRE Scores, and Letters of Recommendation that show a preparedness for graduate studies
Please contact EDP Graduate Director Laleh Mehran if you have further questions about the MA admission process for Fall 2016.