Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in the international and intercultural communication program at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
1. Apply Online
Applications for graduate study in International and Intercultural Communication 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: February 15, for priority consideration. Applications are accepted after that date if space remains available, as the program has rolling admissions. Applicants for winter and spring quarters should have their applications complete at least two months prior to the start of that quarter. The admissions committee considers applications in February and March for the subsequent fall quarter and meets once during fall and winter quarters to consider midyear applications. Admission to the MA program is competitive, and a limited number of spaces are available.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed.
2. Transcripts / Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
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
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. 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. Applicants for whom English is a second language but have received a degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction and examination are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to submit TOEFL and TWE scores along with their GRE scores. Submission of these scores will strengthen the application.
The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the International and Intercultural Communication program DU is 105 (iBT) or 620 (paper-based). The minimum IELTS score accepted is 7.5. Applicants must also achieve a minimum 4.5 TWE or 27 writing (iBT) or 8.0 IELTS writing. 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 visit the International Student website for a list of TOEFL/IELTS requirements.
4. Personal Statement
A personal statement of academic and professional goals and objectives, and how those goals and objectives relate to International and Intercultural Communication is required. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
5. Recommendation Letters
Three letters of recommendation are required. Academic references are preferred, although professional references may also be submitted. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated deadline.
6. Financial Support
Students seeking departmental scholarship or grant aid must submit all supporting materials no later than February 15. Students can apply for two types of financial aid: 1) Departmental financial aid – primarily merit-based aid, such as graduate scholarships, as well as a limited amount of need-based grant aid, and 2) Federal financial aid – including federal student loans and work study.
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. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
About the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program:
Returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCV) may earn their MAs in international and intercultural communication and apply for specific financial aid awards. RPCVs also receive 10 hours of academic credit for their Peace Corps service, which means they can take 50 hours of course work rather than the 60 hours required for the general IIC degree.
IIC/RPCVs have the same requirements as general IIC degree students, but the language proficiency requirement is waived and RPCVs complete a 5-credit internship in the United States within a "high-need" community.
7. Application Status
We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at [https://webcentral.du.edu].
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.