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DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion

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Frequently Asked Questions

In order to help you through the application process, here is a list of frequently asked questions.  If you have additional questions, please contact Melinda Edgerton at or 303-765-3136.

Who should I contact with questions?

Who should I contact with questions?
  • For questions about the receipt of application materials and application status please contact:

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

    Phone: 303-871-2831
    Fax: 303-871-4942

questions about application materials

Where should I send my application materials?
  • All application materials (with the exception of transcripts) should be submitted as part of the online application.

    You can also invite recommenders to submit letters through the online application. Each recommender will be contacted directly via email as soon as you click "submit."

    Please send official transcripts to:
    Office of Graduate Studies
    Mary Reed Building Room 5
    2199 S. University Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80208

    For questions about receipt of application materials, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies:
    Phone: 303-871-2706
    Fax: 303-871-4942

What is considered an official transcript?
  • In order to be considered official, each transcript must arrive in a sealed and stamped (with the registrar/school's official stamp) envelope. 

    The Joint Ph.D. Program requires an official transcript from each institution from which more than a half credit was earned. This includes community college and study abroad programs.
Do I send my transcripts directly to the DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program?
  • No, transcripts should be sent to the University of Denver's Office of Graduate Studies:

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

    They can either be sent straight from the university's registrar's office or from the applicant directly. Regardless of how they are sent, transcripts must be in a sealed envelope with the university's official stamp across the seal.

Is it really necessary to submit my study abroad transcripts?
  • Typically, yes. However, if your home college/university transcript includes the name of the study abroad institution, titles of courses taken, credit hours earned, and the grades received during your time abroad, a separate transcript may not be necessary. DU's Office of Graduate Studies will inform you whether a study abroad transcript is required.
How should my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation?
  • It is best for recommenders to submit their letters of recommendation online, which is initiated when you create an invitation as part of your online application. You will need to enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders once you click "Create Invitation."

    Your recommenders will then receive a similar message to the following:

    From: (Name of applicant)

    The University of Denver is requesting a letter of recommendation on behalf of (name of applicant), an applicant to the for (name of school/degree program).

    Fill out this form online at: (link to recommendation form).

    We thank you for your support of (name of applicant).

    Kind regards,

    Roberto Garcia | Director of Graduate Enrollment Management University of Denver | Office of Graduate Studies 2199 S. University Boulevard | Denver, CO 80208 Phone 30-871-2706 | Email

Can my recommenders mail their letters of recommendation?
  • Yes, but the preferred method is through the online system.

    If, however, your recommender prefers to send in a hard copy, he/she must mail it in a sealed envelope with his/her signature across the seal. The letter should be mailed to:

    Office of Graduate Studies University of Denver
    Mary Reed Building Room 5
    2199 S. University Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80208
Can I check the status of my application online?
  • Yes, you can check the status of your application on PioneerWeb by logging in with your DU/User ID (87XXXXXXX) and using your birthdate (MMDDYY) as the initial password. You will need to change this password once you login. Once you are in PioneerWeb, click on myWeb. Then click Banner Self-Service. Click Student and Financial Aid. Click Admissions, then choose the appropriate application.
If I would like to reapply for admission, am I able to reuse anything from my previous application?
  • GRE scores and transcripts may be reused for up to three years for applicants who applied after the fall 2012 quarter. However, applicants who are reapplying must submit a new:

    • Online application (you can still use your original username and password. Once you have logged in, select "New" under the "Application in Progress" section and begin your new application)
    • Statement of purpose
    • Updated resume
    • Letters of recommendation
    • A $65 application fee

questions about standardized tests

Do I have to take the GRE?
  • All applicants for the PhD program must submit official GRE scores.
    The institutional code for the GRE is 4842.
Can I submit GMAT or LSAT scores instead of the GRE?
  • No, only official GRE scores will be accepted from students applying to the PhD program. There are no exceptions.
Can I take the GRE and TOEFL more than once?
  • Yes, you can take the GRE and TOEFL more than once, but be sure to submit new scores to the university each time you take the exam. The institutional code for the University of Denver is 4842.
Do I need to take the TOEFL?
  • Students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if:
    • His/her native language is not English, or
    • He/she has been educated in countries where English is not the native language.

    TOEFL or IELTS scores must be received before a student's application will be processed. Scores are valid for two years from the test date.

    Students may be exempt from this requirement if he/she has already earned a post-secondary degree from an accredited university where the language of instruction and examination was English. Despite this exemption, all applicants must still submit official GRE scores.

How long before my standardized test scores expire?
  • GRE scores expire after five years of the date taken.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores expire after two years.

You must retake the exam if you took the exam outside of these time frames.

What is the institutional code for the DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program for the GRE and TOEFL?
  • Use the University of Denver's institutional code (4842) for both the GRE and the TOEFL.

I've been admitted, now what?

If admitted, when do I need to notify the program regarding my decision?
  • Your acceptance letter will include specific deposit deadline information. Please refer to this letter.
Can I visit the campus before making my admission decision?
  • Of course! Please contact Melinda Edgerton directly at if you would like to schedule a visit to meet with faculty, staff, and/or students or to observe a class.
Does the DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program allow transfer credits?
  • At this point, the DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program allows for the transfer of up to 15 credit hours of relevant coursework. All transfer credits are subject to review and approval by the program. This policy is currently under review.