Admission Policies & Procedures

Admission criteria

  • Baccalaureate Degree: Be sure to submit at least one transcript from all your post-secondary institutions. All our applicants must also submit proof of their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, if applicable, with a degree certificate or diploma.
  • Grade Point Average: The average undergraduate GPA of students admitted to our graduate programs last year was 3.36.
    • The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree.
    • An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate.
    • For applicants with graduate coursework but who have not earned a master’s degree or higher, the GPA from the graduate work may be used to meet the requirement.
    • The minimum GPA is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all graduate coursework undertaken.
  • Standardized Test Scores: While DU overall doesn’t require entrance exams, the requirements for specific programs can vary. Some programs require exams such as the LSAT, the GMAT, the GRE or the MAT.

Program Requirements

  • Online application is required
    We only accept online applications for graduate study. If you require accommodations, please contact our Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Our application fee
    A non-refundable fee is required with your application. The fee varies by program. Your application will not be processed until it's received. McNair Scholars or members of other national scholar programs may be able to waive or defer their application fees. Contact graduate admission to learn more.
  • Your transcripts

    You are required to submit one official transcript from each postsecondary institution you’ve attended. These should include a statement of receipt for the degrees you earned or a separate degree/diploma certificate. The submission deadline will depend on the academic unit's application deadline.

    During the application process, we do accept unofficial transcripts. If admitted, you'll need to submit your official transcripts.

  • Your supplemental documents
    Your graduate program requirements may include additional supplemental documents. Be sure to review your program’s application steps for information regarding letters of recommendation, admission essays and statements of purpose.
  • Reuse of your supplemental documents
    All your supplemental documents will remain on file for 12 months after your application's date of submission. You can reuse these documents for future applications during that time period.
  • Your permanent residency
    You will need to provide proof of permanent residency in the United States. If you aren't a U.S. citizen, be sure to include a copy of your permanent resident card or green card with your application.
  • Your admission offer

    If you receive an admission offer, you’ll have until your deposit deadline to confirm enrollment.

    Reconsidering your options? If you decline our admission offer, you will be required to submit a new application and pay an additional application fee to your program. Or, you can request to defer your enrollment for up to a year.

    You may also be eligible for early enrollment. You’ll have to draft a written request if you wish to pursue this option. Check with your program for details.

  • Your admission deposit

    Make sure to submit your admission deposit after admission to your program. This payment is used to confirm your intent to pursue graduate studies at our university. Your admission letter will include information on this non-refundable deposit, including deadlines.

    Admission deposits are applied to your first term of tuition. These fees vary by program. Check with your graduate program for deposit figures.

  •  Your financial aid package
    U.S. citzens and Permanent Residents must complete the FAFSA to determine their eligibility for the Federal Work-Study Program, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans and Direct Graduate PLUS Loans through our Office of Financial Aid. The availability of merit-based awards such as scholarships, grants, fellowships and GTA/GRA waivers varies by academic program.
  • Change your graduate program
    After your application is submitted and before our admission decision, you may request a one-time change to the academic program to which you’ve applied. If we’ve already made our admission decision, you’ll need to complete a new application — including another payment of our application fee.

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Student Statuses

Regular Degree Student
  • Students unconditionally approved for graduate study in a master’s, doctoral or academic certificate program
  • Required for advancement to degree candidacy and graduation
Certificate Student
  • Students engaged in programs leading to a certificate
  • Must be accepted to certificate program to receive a certificate
Special Status Student
  • Students enrolled in classes who are not pursuing a degree
  • Can later transfer credits into degree program of choice
  • Additional information
English Conditional Admission (ECA)
  • Available to non-native English speakers who do not achieve minimum TOEFL / IELTS / CAE scores or do not complete an English proficiency test
  • Must complete training through our English Language Center to meet our English language requirement
Lifelong Learners
  • Available to non-degree seeking students in University College
  • Neither examinations nor baccalaureate degrees are required
  • Courses cannot be counted toward a degree
  • Must declare status during first quarter of enrollment
Visiting Scholars
  • Available to faculty members from other post-doctoral institutions
  • Can pursue postdoctoral study for no credit without paying tuition
  • Must apply to department in which they intend to study

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  • International Application Process

    If you are an international student, there are many additional steps you must take to complete your application for admission – including English language proficiency tests, financial verification and I-20 / DS-2019.

    Application Process

  • Graduate Bulletin

    Our comprehensive graduate bulletin contains our detailed policies and procedures for admission, tuition, financial aid and graduate program requirements.

    Read Our Bulletin

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