Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Apply Online / Application Deadlines
- Applications for graduate study in Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) at the University of Denver must be submitted online.
- Start an online application.
- All online materials must be submitted, and all supplemental materials must be postmarked, by the program's stated deadline: January 20, for the fall quarter. After the priority deadline, applications may be considered on a rolling basis 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
- Proof of a bachelor's degree is required from a regionally accredited college or university.
- 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. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU 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.
- 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.
- Application to the MA program in Emergent Digital Practices requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. The GRE is not required for MFA applicants. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
- 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, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who 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. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the Emergent Digital Practices 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.
- MA applicants are required to submit a 2–4 page essay 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.
MFA applicants are required to submit a 1–2 page essay 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.
- A resume or C.V. is required. This should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
Program-Specific Admissions Requirements
- For MA applicants, submission of portfolios, demo reels, or other samples of work is optional.
- 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 to: Emergent Digital Practices, 2000 East Asbury Ave., 216 Sturm Hall, University of Denver, Denver CO 80208 and include a self-addressed postage-paid envelope for their return.
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably academic in nature, are required. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system.
- 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 and need. Applicants will be considered for financial support when they apply by the priority deadline, January 20, or as funds allow.
- We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online.
- 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
- 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 at least eight weeks prior to the program's application deadline.
The Graduate Policy Manual provides complete details regarding admission requirements.