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Graduate Application Requirements

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Begin a new Graduate School Application.

Use the information on this page to apply to the following graduate programs:

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Morgridge College of Education
  • Conflict Resolution Institute
  • Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science

To apply to one of our other Graduate Degree Programs, visit its website for application materials and requirements.

GRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply to the University of Denver, please follow the steps below. Submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Studies on or before your program's application deadline.

APPLY ONLINE

Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online. All materials must be received in the Office of Graduate Studies by the program’s stated deadline.

A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. 

TRANSCRIPTS / COURSE AND DEGREE PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

Some programs have specific course and/or degree prerequisites or 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. Some doctoral programs also require a master’s degree or equivalent in order to be considered for admission. Contact your academic program, or see the program bulletin, for credential requirements.

DU must receive transcripts from every previously attended institution, including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school. All U.S. transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. University of Denver students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts as these will be requested by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must also submit proof of graduation, typically through a degree certificate or diploma. If you have been educated outside the U.S., we encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials. DU’s in-house foreign credential evaluation may take up to four weeks. This evaluation must be complete by the program’s stated deadline. Applicants with education credentials from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early.The University of Denver will consider paper transcripts official when delivered to the University of Denver in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or a third-party agency acting on behalf of the institution.

The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided the following criteria are met:

1. The transcript is certified as official from the college or university using a third-party agency for the certification process. Approved agencies include Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), Docufide/Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Naviance, Royall and Company, and Scrip-Safe. Upon request, the Office of the Registrar will take into consideration a third-party vendor other than the aforementioned agencies.

2. The transcript must be received from the third-party agency by a University official.

3. The transcript must be a certified PDF document with no evidence of tampering. The transcript must be retrieved from a secure server. Emailed transcripts will not be considered official.

The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a foreign institution provided the following criteria are met:

1. The transcript is certified as official from World Education Services Inc. (WES). Certified transcripts will have been stamped by WES as either Verified or Received from the Institution.

2. The transcript must be received from the credential evaluation service by a University official.

3. The transcript must be a certified PDF document. The transcript must be retrieved from a secure server. Emailed transcripts will not be considered official.

The University of Denver reserves the right to reject transcripts or request additional information if there is any question about the authenticity of the document. Transcripts with course work in progress will not be considered final.

  

TEST SCORES

Some programs require standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program’s stated deadline. Non-native English speakers are required to provide scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please note: this requirement is independent of citizenship status.

The minimum TOEFL score accepted by DU is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted by DU is 6.0. Non-native English speakers who hold a post-secondary degree from an institution where English is the only language of instruction and examination or who hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.

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. Individual graduate programs reserve the right to set higher test score requirements. Please check the list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.

ETS Institution Code: 4842

ESSAY / PERSONAL STATEMENT

Some programs require an essay or personal statement. The essay or statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

RESUME / CURRICULUM VITAE

Most graduate programs require submission of a resume or C.V. This should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work. The resume should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Graduate programs may specify other admission requirements, for example: portfolio, research paper, writing sample, additional essays, experience summary, and/or proof of professional licensure. When possible, these requirements should be submitted via upload through the online application process. Contact your academic program or see the program bulletin for more information on specific admission requirements.

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Most programs require three letters of recommendation. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program’s stated deadline.

INTERVIEWS / AUDITIONS

Some programs may require an interview or audition. Academic program staff will contact eligible applicants to schedule. Interviews are not scheduled through the Office of Graduate Studies. 

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. Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Some programs provide competitive awards in the form of fellowships and/or assistantships. Contact your academic program for more information. 

APPLICATION STATUS

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at myWeb.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Copy of Passport

Upload or submit a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport with your online application. If you do not have a passport, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a passport before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver.

Financial Verification and SEVIS Forms

Prior to receiving an I-20, you must complete the Financial Verification Form and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Supplement Form. You must also provide an original bank letter showing cash availability and/or a letter of sponsorship with your signature and your sponsor's signature.

You may upload or submit these forms with your application or after you have been admitted to the University of Denver. If you wait until you have been admitted, however, it will take longer for us to prepare the I-20.