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Graduate Admission

Admission FAQs

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you through the application process:

We also post helpful hints and updates on our graduate admissions office blog. If you have additional questions contact us at 303-871-2544 or korbeladm@du.edu. We are happy to assist you.

Who should I contact with questions?

General information and inquiries about the Josef Korbel School, including the admissions process, degree offerings and departmental scholarships:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
118 Ben M. Cherrington Hall
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

  • Email: korbeladm@du.edu
  • Phone: 303-871-2544

Questions about the receipt of application materials and application status:

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

  • Email: gradinfo@du.edu
  • Phone: 303-871-2831
  • Fax: 303-871-4942

Questions about the credit transfer policy:

Office of Student Affairs
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
101 Ben M. Cherrington Hall
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

  • Email: korbelsta@du.edu
  • Phone: 303-871-2134
  • Fax: 303-871-2124 (fax)

 

I have questions about application materials

 

Where should I send my application materials?

With the exception of transcripts, all application materials, including your recommenders’ email addresses, should be submitted through the online application.

Through the online application system, you may invite recommenders to submit letters online. When you invite a recommendation, your recommender will be contacted by email as soon as you click “submit.”

Please send official transcripts to the following address:
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
Email: gradinfo@du.edu
Online: www.du.edu/learn/graduates/

What is considered an official transcript?

In order for a transcript to be considered official, it must arrive in an envelope sealed and stamped with the registrar/school's official stamp. International transcripts must contain the official seal(s) of the school and be sent from the institution's records or registrar's office in the original language of instruction. Non-English transcripts must be submitted with notarized or certified translations.

The University of Denver requires an official transcript from all institutions from which more than a half credit was earned, including summer community college programs and study abroad schools/organizations.

Should I have my transcripts sent directly to the Josef Korbel School?

No. Official transcripts can be sent directly from your university's registrar's office 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

You may also send the official transcripts yourself, but they must be in a sealed envelope with your university's official stamp across the seal.

Do I really need to send in copies of my study abroad transcripts?

Maybe. If your home institution transcript includes the institute, course title(s), credits hours, and grades received for your study abroad experience, a separate transcript may not be required. The Office of Graduate Studies will notify you regarding required transcripts for study abroad.

How do my recommenders submit their letters of recommendation?

We prefer that your recommenders submit their letters of recommendation through our online system.

To start this process, you must create an invitation for your recommenders.

  • From the overview page of the online application, click the hyperlinked “Create Invitation.”
  • Then, enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders.

After you submit this information, your recommenders will receive an email requesting the completion of an optional evaluation form and submission of a letter of recommendation. The following is a sample of the invitation sent to recommenders:

From: (Name of applicant)

The University of Denver is requesting a letter of recommendation on behalf of (name of applicant), an applicant for the (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,

Wendy Bolyard, Ph.D. | Director of Graduate Enrollment Management University of Denver | Office of Graduate Studies 2199 S. University Boulevard | Denver, CO 80208 Phone 303-871-2706 | Email gradinfo@du.edu

Can my recommenders mail their letters of recommendation?

We prefer to receive letters of recommendation through our online system.

However, if your recommender strongly prefers to mail a hard copy, it must be in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal and should be mailed to:

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

For questions about the receipt of application materials, you can check the status of your application online or contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 303-871-2831 or gradinfo@du.edu.

What should my statement of purpose include?

Within 500-750 words you should concisely describe your professional and academic background and why your application is a good fit for the Josef Korbel School. Emphasis should be given to future careers plans and how certain aspects of the Josef Korbel School (i.e., classes, centers, faculty advisors) will assist you with your career aspirations.

Your statement of purpose should address the following three questions:

  • What is your career goal upon completing your graduate degree and what are your longer-term career goals?
  • Explain why you have chosen to pursue a graduate degree and how the degree program you have chosen will prepare you to reach your specific career goals.
  • What skills and previous experiences have helped position you to reach your career goals and how will the Josef Korbel School help you achieve these goals?
Once I have submitted my resume and statement of purpose, am I able to send a new copy if I need to make updates?

Applicants are unable to update these items once they have been submitted. Please make sure that these documents are complete and that your final version is submitted.

Does the Josef Korbel School grant application fee waivers?

No, the School does not grant application fee waivers.

Can I check the status of my application online?

You may check your application status via webCentral. Your DU/User ID is 87XXXXXXX and your initial passcode is your birthdate in MMDDYY format. You will need to change your passcode upon login. After logging in to webCentral, click on myWeb > Banner Self-Service > Student and Financial Aid > Admissions. Then select the processed application.

I would like to reapply for admission. Can I reuse any items from my previous application?
For applicants who applied for the fall 2012 quarter or a later term GRE scores and transcripts may be reused for up to three years.You must submit:
  • A new online application (you may use your original username and password.  After you login, select, "New" under the "Application in Process" section and begin your application)
  • A new statement of purpose
  • A new/updated resume
  • New letters of recommendation
  • A $65 application fee

 

I have questions about the application process

 

Does the Josef Korbel School have formal interviews?

No, the Josef Korbel School does not require formal interviews as part of the application process.

Prospective students and applicants are welcome to visit the campus and observe a class. Check out our Visit Us page for more information, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 303-871-2544 or korbeladm@du.edu.

What is the Admissions Review Committee looking for in an applicant?

Students from the Josef Korbel School are diverse. They have different educational and work backgrounds, and varying levels of international experience.

The admissions committee looks for candidates whose intellectual curiosity is supported by a strong academic record, relevant work experience, excellent letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose that shows a clear understanding of how programs at the Josef Korbel School will help them reach their career goals.

What is the application process for dual degree programs?

Dual degree applicants must adhere to the admissions requirements of the Josef Korbel School and the requirements of the other DU graduate school. Flexible dual degree application information can be found here.

Can/Should I apply to more than one degree program within the Josef Korbel School?

With the exception of the MA in Conflict Resolution, if you are applying to any of our 90-credit-hour MA programs, you are considered for admission regardless of your intended degree program. You have until the end of your second quarter to change your MA degree program. You do not need to apply to more than one program within the Josef Korbel School.

The MA in Conflict Resolution is administered through the Conflict Resolution Institute. If you are interested in pursuing an MA in Conflict Resolution and an MA at the Josef Korbel School, you must apply and be accepted to both programs to be considered a flexible dual-degree student.

I am interested in applying to the Master's International (MI) Program with the U.S. Peace Corps. Should I apply to the Peace Corps first or the Josef Korbel School first?

You should apply to the Josef Korbel School and the Peace Corps simultaneously. Upon acceptance to the Josef Korbel School, you must send a copy of the acceptance letter to the Peace Corps to be recognized as a Peace Corps MI candidate. The Peace Corps will place your service on hold until the completion of your coursework.

How do I apply to the Fellows program as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer?

On the online application page labeled "Applicant Information," there is a question that asks "Are you a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer?". Simply answer "Yes" to this question and submit a Description of Service (DOS) to be considered for the Fellows program. If you apply while completing your Peace Corps Service, and are later accepted, you will need to submit your DOS prior to matriculation.

When will the Admissions Review Committee notify me of its admissions decision?

If your application is completed on or before the priority deadline (January 15th), you will be notified of the Admissions Review Committee's decision by mid-March. Completed applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

 

I have questions about standardized tests

 

Do I have to take the GRE?

All applicants for the PhD and MA programs must submit official GRE scores.

  • The institutional code for the GRE is 4842.
What are the GRE and GPA requirements?

Average GRE scores (including international students' scores) under the new scoring system are:

  • 160 (verbal),
  • 155 (quantitative) and
  • 5.0 (analytical).

The average scores under the old scoring system are:

  • 600 (verbal),
  • 600 (quantitative) and
  • 5.0 (analytical).

The average GPA for incoming Josef Korbel School students is 3.6/4.0.

I understand there will be changes to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); how will this impact my application?

On August 1, 2011, the administering body of the GRE changed the format of the GRE. If you took the exam prior to August 1, 2011 your scores will be based on the current 800 scale for the verbal and quantitative sections and on the 6.0 scale for the analytical writing section. The following revisions were implemented after August 1,2011:

  1. New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking you'll need in today's demanding graduate and business school programs.
  2. New score scale for the verbal and quantitative sections:
    • Verbal Reasoning scores are now reported on a new 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200-800 in 10-point increments).
    • Quantitative Reasoning scores are now reported on a new 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200-800 in 10-point increments).
    • Analytical Writing scores are still reported on the same 0-6 score level, in half-point increments.

We accept both the old and new formats of GRE exam scores, as long as the exam was taken within the past five years.

For more information about the revised GRE format, click here.

Can I submit GMAT or LSAT scores instead of the GRE?

No, we will not accept LSAT or GMAT scores instead of GRE scores. All applicants to the PhD and MA programs must submit official GRE scores. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Can I take the GRE and TOEFL more than once?

Yes, you can take the GRE and TOEFL more than once. If there are multiple scores available, the Josef Korbel School takes the highest score for each section. Be sure to submit scores to our university each time you take the exam. For additional information about the GRE or TOEFL, including how to register or order your official test scores, please see: www.ets.org.

  • The institutional code for the GRE and TOEFL is 4842.
Once admitted, can I retake the GRE?

No, if admitted you may not update supplementary materials in your file. If you retake the GRE and want the more recent scores to count towards your admissions file, you must reapply for a later date and submit the updated scores.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

In addition to the GRE, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), regardless of citizenship status, if:

  • Your native language is not English, or
  • You have been educated in countries where English is not the native language.

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.

You may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if, by the time of matriculation, you have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is English. You must have attended the English-medium university for all years of study toward the degree program. An exemption from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement does not exempt you from other standardized graduate entrance examinations; all applicants must submit official GRE scores.

Visit the International Student Admission page for more information.

What are the TOEFL/IELTS requirements?

Minimum TOEFL scores are as follows:

  • Internet-based score: 95
  • Computer-based score: 240
  • Paper-based score: 587

Minimum IELTS score: 7.0

How long before my standardized test scores expire?
  • GRE scores are valid for five years. If you took the GRE more than five years ago, you must retake the exam.
  • The TOEFL and IELTS are valid for two years. If you took the TOEFL or IELTS more than two years ago, you must retake the exam.
What are DU's institutional and department codes for the GRE and TOEFL?

Our institutional code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 4842.

 

I've been admitted, now what?

 

If admitted, when do I need to notify the School regarding whether I will accept or decline the admissions offer?

Please refer to your acceptance letter for deposit deadline information.

Can I visit the campus before making my admission decision?

Yes, we encourage you to visit the Josef Korbel School, attend an event, see our campus, and observe a class. To learn more, please see our Visit Us page.

Can I defer my admission?

Deferral requests should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Admissions, Brad Miller, at Brad.Miller@du.edu. The following items must be submitted to request a deferral:

  1. $500 tuition deposit plus a separate $200 deferral fee. Both payments are non-refundable. The tuition deposit can be paid online with a credit card, directly from your checking or savings account, or by submitting a check or money order. The deferral fee must be paid with a separate check or money order sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Checks should be made out to the University of Denver.
  2. A written statement outlining the reason(s) for requesting a deferral. Your statement must also include the following: "I understand that these payments are non-refundable even if I fail to enroll in the term agreed upon. Regardless of the reason for not enrolling, both my deposit and my offer of admission will be forfeited."

Deferrals can be requested for up to one academic year, with the following terms of entry: winter 2015, summer 2015, fall 2015. If your deferral is granted, you are expected to enroll in the quarter that you specify on your Deferral Request Form.

Scholarships for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies will not transfer to the term of deferred admission.

If your deferral is not granted, your check will be shredded, or a credit will be placed back on your credit card or checking/savings account.

Can I change my program after receiving my admission letter?

Yes, you have applied for admission to the Josef Korbel School and not to a specific program. Therefore, you can switch to a different Josef Korbel School MA program once you are admitted (e.g.,. from Human Rights to Development, etc.).

However, students cannot switch from one of our MA programs to the MA in Conflict Resolution.

Does the Josef Korbel School allow transfer credits?

Yes, the Josef Korbel School allows up to 15 graduate quarter hours or 9 semester hours of relevant course work to be transferred from accredited universities. All transfer credits are subject to review and approval by the Director of Student Affairs.

MA transfer credits:

  1. Must be from a graduate-level course,
  2. Cannot be from an already completed degree, and
  3. Must carry a grade of "B" or higher.

PhD transfer credits:

  1. Must come from a relevant and completed MA degree, and
  2. Must carry a grade of "B" or higher.
 

I have questions about the Programs at the Josef Korbel School

 

Can I complete the degree program on a part-time basis?

Yes, you can attend the Josef Korbel School part-time, but you must complete an MA degree within five years and a PhD within eight years. While there are many classes offered in the evenings and a few offered on Saturday, there are quarters when required classes are only offered during the day.

Do you offer distance learning/online courses?

The Josef Korbel School does not offer distance learning or online courses at this time.

What is the typical course load like?

The Josef Korbel School operates on a quarter system: fall, winter, and spring quarters (summer quarter is optional). Each quarter is 10 weeks long, and students generally take three to four classes per quarter. Most classes are five credits. Classes meet once a week for three hours each in either the morning (9a.m.-12 p.m.), afternoon (2-5 p.m.) or evening (6-9 p.m.). Saturday classes are occasionally offered. Students can generally expect to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week outside the classroom preparing and studying for each course.

Do I need any prerequisites to prepare for the Josef Korbel School?

Students are not required to take any specific courses before entering the Josef Korbel School. However, foreign language proficiency, and a basic understanding of micro/macro economics and international relations, is preferred.

Do I need to speak a foreign language?

You do not need to be proficient in a second language to be admitted to the Josef Korbel School. However, all of our programs require proficiency in a language before graduation. You can complete this requirement by passing a proficiency exam offered through the University of Denver Languages and Literature Department. For those whose language of choice is Arabic, you can also achieve language proficiency by passing a 3000-level Arabic language course at DU.

The foreign language proficiency requirement can be waived if:

  • English is your second language,
  • You are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or in the Peace Corps Master's International Program, or
  • You majored in a foreign language during your undergraduate degree.

For additional information on languages offered, please visit the University of Denver's Center for World Languages and Culture.

Can I take language classes at DU?

You can take language classes at DU; however, you will not receive credit towards your Josef Korbel degree for these classes.

Click here for available resources for language study (PDF).

 

I'm an international applicant

 

How do I get my international transcript translated into English?

English translations of your transcripts must be generated by your school or by a certified translator. Non-English transcripts can be unofficial, but need to be submitted with certified translations. WES, ECE or IERF credential evaluations are not classified as English translations. The University of Denver's Office of International Admissions will evaluate all international transcripts and degree certificates.

International applicants only: Do I need to send an official transcript? What if my university only provides one official transcript?

For the admission review process, unofficial transcripts are allowed. If you are admitted and matriculate to the Josef Korbel School, you will be asked to provide an official transcript by the sixth week of your first quarter of enrollment. If your university issues only one official transcript, the Office of Graduate Studies will request a letter from the school confirming this is the case. Arrangements will be made once the student arrives for the office to view the official transcript and return it to the student.

For more detailed information about international transcripts, contact Office of Graduate Studies at gradinfo@du.edu.

International applicants only: When must I submit the Financial Verification form and the SEVIS form?

It is helpful if you submit the complete financial verification and immigration-related forms while completing the application process. If you are accepted and choose to enroll at the Josef Korbel School, you must submit these documents as soon as possible so that our Office of International Admissions can process your I-20.

For more information on what materials are required after admission, please click here.