Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in English at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
1. Apply Online / Application Deadlines
Applications for graduate study in English at the University of Denver must be submitted online. All online materials must be submitted, and all supplemental materials must be postmarked, by the program's stated deadline:
Master's program – January 1
Doctoral program – January 1
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
A Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.), showing satisfactory preparation, grades and potential for advanced study are required for the master's program. A Master of Arts degree (MA) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA), showing satisfactory preparation, grades and potential for advanced study are required for the doctoral program.
Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. Proof of a bachelor's, and if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. Applicants must also account for any study undertaken outside the United States. If study abroad course work with grades and course titles do not appear on a transcript, those records must be obtained as well. All 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.
3. Test Scores
Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for both the general test and the Advanced Literature subject test are required. 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. 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 the graduate programs in English at DU is 88 (iBT) or 570 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted is 6.5. 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. Please visit http://www.du.edu/learn/graduates/internationalapplicants.html for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
An academic essay is required. The essay should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
5. Statement of Intent
A statement of intent is required. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
6. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Applicants for the creative writing doctoral program must also submit representative samples of creative work.
7. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation from college instructors that speak to the applicant's scholarly and/or creative work are required. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated deadline.
8. Financial Support
Teaching fellowships are three-year awards to entering doctoral students. These fellowships include a stipend and full tuition waiver. Other nomination awards include the Doctoral Fellowship, a grant to an exceptional PhD candidate; the Doctoral Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence; Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship and The Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, a stipend for a fourth-year doctoral student to work full time on completion of the dissertation. All teaching assistantships and fellowships require full-time attendance. Also, all assistantships and fellowships require that students remain in good standing and meet all major requirements on schedule.
To be considered for federal financial aid, 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 http://www.du.edu/financialaid/graduate/index.html. 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.
9. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at webCentral.
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.