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Graduate Admissions

EDP is currently accepting MA and MFA applications for the autumn quarter 2015. Priority consideration for admission and financial assistance will be given to those who submit complete applications by January 20, 2015. We will continue to accept applications through May 31. Applications for admission and financial assistance arriving after January 20 may also be considered as space and funds allow. At this time, the EDP program does not allow students to start the degree program in Winter or Spring quarters.

Students may be admitted on regular, provisional, or special status as described in the general requirements outlined in the University of Denver Graduate Bulletin.

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.

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.

Transcripts

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 gradinfo@du.edu.
  • 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

Test Scores

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.

Language Proficiency

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 105 (iBT) or 620 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
  • The minimum IELTS score accepted by the EDP program is 7.5.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 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.

Personal Statement

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.

Recommendation Letters

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.
Portfolio Requirement

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

International Applicants

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

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 TOEFL of 105 or better. 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 2015.

Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices

Following are the simple steps to apply for the Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the EDP program or MFA degree, contact EDP Graduate Director, Laleh Mehran. For questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.

MFA 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 MFA 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 MFA students who have previous graduate work is 3.0 on an A = 4.0 scale.

  • The recommended undergraduate degree is a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) in design or studio arts practices with a strong foundation in both traditional and electronic practices.
  • Students with a BA in art or design should have at least 24 credit hours of studio courses such as photography, electronic art, ceramics, painting, drawing, print making, sculpture, textiles, etc. as documented in their transcripts.
  • Students with undergraduate degrees other than a BFA may be required to take prerequisite courses at the undergraduate level as a condition of admission. These courses would not count towards the MFA degree and may include:
    • Drawing
    • Art History
    • Studio Art Foundations
Transcripts

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 gradinfo@du.edu.

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

Test Scores

The GRE is not required for MFA applicants.

Language Proficiency

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 105 (iBT) or 620 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
  • The minimum IELTS score accepted by the EDP program is 7.5.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 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.
Personal Statement

MFA applicants are required to submit a 1-2 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.

Recommendation Letters

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.
Portfolio Requirement

MFA applicants should submit a portfolio:

  • 20 images and/or a maximum total of 15 minutes of time-based media representing at least 10 works of art.
  • MFA applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a URL for the portfolio in website format.
  • The portfolio must be accompanied by a 1-2 page descriptive list of the works.

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

International Applicants

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

Required proficiencies for admission include:

  • The recommended undergraduate degree is a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) in design or studio arts practices with a strong foundation in both traditional and electronic practices.
  • Students with undergraduate degrees other than a BFA may be required to take leveling courses at the undergraduate level as a pre-condition to their admission. These courses would not count towards the MFA degree. Depending on the particular case these could include:
    • Drawing
    • Art History
    • Studio Art Foundations
  • Students with a BA in art or design should have at least 24 credit hours of studio courses such as photography, electronic art, ceramics, painting, drawing, print making, sculpture, textiles, etc. as documented in their transcripts.
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas and create hypothesis
  • Critical perspectives on technology and/or culture
  • For non-native English speakers a TOEFL of 105 or better. 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 portfolio, the transcripts, recommendation letters, and the standardized test.

Evaluation of Applicants

Applicants of the EDP MFA are evaluated with the following criteria, in order of priority:

  • Portfolio that shows evidence of complex artistic expression via New Media or Emergent Forms
  • Clarity in how the pursuit of the MFA degree will forward the applicant's goals in life and education
  • Understanding of how the EDP MFA degree specifically will meet the applicant's goals
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation that support the stated goals and associated skill-sets
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation that show a preparedness for graduate studies

Please contact Graduate Director Laleh Mehran if you have further questions about the MFA admission process for Fall 2015.

Contact Information

Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

Electronic transcripts should be sent to gradinfo@du.edu.

If necessary, DVDs or CDs can be sent, 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

Please contact the EDP Graduate Director, Laleh Mehran, if you have questions specifically about the Emergent Digital Practices program or the EDP MA/MFA admission requirements for the Fall of 2015.

For questions about the University of Denver, the general applications process, or financial aid, call the Office of Graduate Studies at (303) 871-2706 or chat via Live Counselor.

Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at PioneerWeb. Applicants will receive login information post application submission.

For more information, call the Office of Graduate Studies at (303) 871-2706 or chat via Live Counselor.

Graduate Financial Support

To be considered for financial support, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline; February 15.

  • Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.
  • International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Emergent Digital Practices provides some scholarship hours based on merit. Applicants will be considered for financial support when they apply by the priority deadline, January 20, or as funds are available.

Undergraduate Admissions

The BA and BFA in Emergent Digital Practices is available to any undergraduate student accepted to or currently attending the University of Denver. Current DU students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 to declare any major. Follow the links to Inquiry Forms to request application materials by mail, or follow the links below for online admissions.

DU Undergraduate Admissions --->

Any current undergraduate student can minor in Emergent Digital Practices, just fill out this form --->

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Application Deadline for Department Merit-based Aid: February 20
FAFSA Application Deadline for New Students: February 15
Office of Financial Aid

The University of Denver centrally processes all requests for financial aid for entering students. In order to complete your application for loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For complete instructions, follow the link above to DU's Office of Financial Aid. To receive priority consideration, it is important that you complete this process by the February 15 FAFSA application deadline, so plan ahead.