Crimson Application

Accelerated Master's Admissions for New DU Alumni

The University of Denver is committed to supporting the educational attainment of current DU seniors and recent graduates through the Crimson Application process! This application process provides DU graduating seniors and recent undergraduate alumni, the opportunity for accelerated admission into an eligible master’s program of their choice. Students applying through the Crimson Application process will not be required to submit standardized testing scores and DU will waive their application fees.  Students admitted through the Crimson Application process must start their graduate program in Fall, and they are guaranteed funding for at least 33% of tuition costs. Current DU seniors that have already been admitted to a DU master’s program are also eligible for the Crimson funding.

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Crimson Application Benefits

DU Seniors and new alumni can receive the following benefits by applying for an eligible master's program with Fall enrollment:

  • An application fee waiver
  • A waiver of all standardized testing requirements
  • Guaranteed funding for at least 33% of tuition costs*

*Students must meet the program’s normal requirements for admission and to receive funding. Admission requirements vary by program. 

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If you apply by April 30, DU will waive your application fee and waive any standardized testing requirements.

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Graduate Admissions Policies & Procedures

All graduate students must hold a Bachelor's degree or higher and have a minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA. Program-specific admission requirements are set by individual academic units and published annually. Applicants must meet all published admission requirements to be considered for admittance. Requirements vary by program.

Graduate Aid

Graduate financial aid comes in many forms, from federal lending to research funding to assistantships. We're happy to help you navigate these resources and optimize your financial investment. 

Eligible Programs by College

  • Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

    Discovering Creative Solutions for a Better Future.

    The Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science gives you the chance to explore and develop solutions to the world’s most daunting technological challenges, while preparing you for in-demand careers in engineering and computer science.

    With a focus on student-centered instruction, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science seeks to fulfill its mission of advancing technical and scientific knowledge and capabilities to improve quality of life for our global society while striving to achieve two global goals: Develop and Inspire Healthy Global Citizens and Create a Smart, Sustainable World. Students looking to start or advance careers or conduct research in engineering or computer science will find the Ritchie School offers a pathway to that future.

    Bioengineering, MS: The Master of Science in bioengineering program couples engineering with biomedical science to help prepare students for work in bioscience research and development.
    Computer Engineering, MS: The master of science in computer engineering challenges students who want to improve the world around them through continuous technological advancement.
    Computer Science, MS: The Master of Science in computer science program gives students the chance to develop essential skills for both academic and industrial applications.
    Electrical Engineering, MS: The Master of Science in electrical engineering offers students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of specialized electrical systems such as search and rescue robotics, sustainable energy and power systems, unmanned vehicle systems, and social emotive robots.
    Engineering, MS: The Master of Science in engineering provides individualized advancement for students with an established foundation in engineering and a passion for innovation.
    Materials Science, MS: The Master of Science in materials science delivers an interdisciplinary background in the behavior and construction of materials rooted in engineering, chemistry, and physics.
    Mechanical Engineering, MS: The Master of Science in mechanical engineering program is customizable, with a technical elective requirement that offers students the opportunity to study topics including, but not limited to, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, mechanical design and analysis, and bioengineering.
    Mechatronic Systems Engineering, MS: The Master of Science in mechatronic systems engineering program is customizable with specialization areas and thematic course sequences to align with your specific areas of interest and career goals.

    The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science also offers an MS in Data Science and an MS in Cybersecurity. These programs are not applicable for the 2020 Crimson Application. However, DU students and recent graduates that apply through the Ritchie accelerated admission process will receive an application fee waiver and will not be required to submit letters of recommendation. Those with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher will also receive a GRE waiver. To learn more about Ritchie's accelerated admission contact Meredith Corley.

  • Daniels College of Business

    Rigor. Relevance. Results.

    The Daniels College of Business is the eighth oldest business school in the country and the most recognized business college in the Rocky Mountain West.

    Our wide variety of programs are designed to provide experience across such fields as marketing, accounting, management, and many more. We have programs to satisfy your educational needs. Our mission is to develop pioneers in business through impactful scholarship, experience-driven education, and lifelong learning.

    Applied Quantitative Finance, MS: The Master of Science in Applied Quantitative Finance (MSAQF) from the Reiman School of Finance combines the in-depth study of finance theories and principles with advanced technologies, communication and teamwork, with a strong focus on ethics and values.
    Business Analytics, MS: Business analytics is built on three equal pillars—information management, statistical and analytic modeling, and business decision making—and the MS in Business Analytics provides a balanced education in all three.
    Management, MS: The Master of Science in Management program delves deeply into the skills it takes to manage and be a leader.
    Marketing, MS: The Master of Science in Marketing degree program challenges you to think critically to solve problems while teaching you to embrace ambiguity.
    Master of Accountancy: The Master of Accountancy program provides rigorous training in accounting fundamentals with specialties in business valuation, assurance, taxation or AIS and Data Analytics.
    Real Estate and the Built Environment, MS: As the only RECM program in an accredited business college, we teach you the full cycle of real estate, construction and asset management, all built on a foundation of business principles.
  • College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

    Research That Breaks the Mold.

    The College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics offers its students a broad range of courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy, and geography and environmental science.

    Our degree programs encompass subjects as diverse as molecular life sciences and biophysics, geographic information science, environmental chemistry, mathematics for finance, and much more. Graduate students have ample opportunities to work with faculty scholars on hands-on research projects that change lives and challenge long-held ideas.

    Biomedical Sciences, PSM: The University of Denver's Professional Science Master's in biomedical sciences gives students the opportunity to develop technical skills and theoretical knowledge that can prepare them for careers in the biomedical and health sciences fields.
    Chemistry, MA: The University of Denver's master of arts in chemistry aims to instill students with the ability to learn independently and to define and help solve new problems. Chemists in our graduate programs work to contribute to the fundamental understanding of their discipline and help others understand their contributions and those of their contemporaries.
    Geographic Information Science, MS: The University of Denver's Master of Science in geographic information science (GISc), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is designed for students interested in careers in geotechnology. The program provides in-depth study of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems.
    Geographic Information Science, MS (online): The University of Denver's Master of Science in geographic information science (GISc), offered through the Department of Geography and the Environment, is designed for students interested in careers in geotechnology. The program provides in-depth study of geotechnological skills, including cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems.
    Geography, MA: A master of arts (MA) in geography focuses on our department's three areas of expertise: physical geography; human geography; and human-environment interaction. Rigorous coursework and research, culminate in a thesis project. Opportunities for field training abound, both in the U.S. and abroad, and we'll help support you with career goals so you're best able to utilize your skills.
    Mathematics, MA: This degree offers a broader mathematical experience than our master of science option and it is geared toward students interested in, for instance, careers in finance or secondary school education.
    Mathematics, MS: The University of Denver's MS in mathematics curriculum provides students the opportunity to improve their logical and analytical problem-solving skills through courses such as differential geometry and functional analysis.
    Physics, MA: A master of arts (MA) degree in physics is intended primarily for students who are seeking an advanced degree without a significant research component. For instance, the MA degree is appropriate for students pursuing careers in pre-college or community college teaching, planetarium or museums, or as technical representatives of various organizations.
    Physics, MS: The MS in physics combines rigorous coursework in fundamental areas of physics and modern topics with opportunities in research.
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

    Think, Create, Connect, Act.

    The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences offers programs that will help you dig deep into exciting new concepts.

    If you’re passionate about the human experience and want to explore human expression, societies, or workings of the mind, consider a graduate degree from the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Elevate your performance skills alongside professional artists, ask questions and solve problems among fellow scholars, and work collaboratively with faculty on innovative research. Go beyond the classroom, engage with your community, and make a difference in the lives of others.

    Anthropology, MA: This MA focuses on public anthropology by applying the discipline's concepts, methods, and insights to issues of contemporary relevance and concern. You'll gain valuable experience in archaeological field schools and community-engaged research projects or work in collections and in the Museum of Anthropology gallery. To hone your expertise, we offer three distinct degree tracks in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Museum and Heritage Studies.

    Economics, MA: Our MA program challenges students to explore both mainstream and alternative theories and critically examine why those analyses have been formulated in specific manners.

    International and Intercultural Communication, MA: By combining courses from the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and the prestigious Josef Korbel School of International Studies, students in the International and Intercultural Communication program gain the cultural knowledge and communications skills to navigate the complexities of communication across cultural and geographic borders. 

    Media and Public Communication, MA: The MA in Media and Public Communication combines theory and practice to prepare you for successful careers in strategic communication, public relations, health communication, nonprofit management, media education, research and more.

    Music Theory, MA: Our master's program in music theory offers budding educators, performers and composers a robust catalog of specialties and concentrations. Small class sizes and advanced coursework reflect the Lamont School of Music's reputation as a premier music school in the West.
    Musicology, MA: Committed to fostering critical thinkers and writers, the master of arts in musicology offers a wide range of courses in classical and vernacular Western and non-Western music. Courses focus on the study of music in its historical, analytical and cultural contexts. Master's candidates may also pursue a dual degree with a master of music in performance.

    Performance, MA of Music: The master of music in performance prepares gifted musicians to pursue professional careers in music. This selective program provides a wealth of performance opportunities and a studio appointment with a faculty member.

    Piano Pedagogy, MA of Music: The master of music in piano pedagogy prepares musicians for professional careers through advanced levels of coursework, teaching practice and assessment. In maintaining high performance standards, the program is tailored to the 21st-century professional pianist-teacher. 

    Suzuki Pedagogy, MA of Music: The master of music in Suzuki pedagogy, offered for violin and cello, is a performance degree combined with a Suzuki certification. The Suzuki Method is a teaching system that has become a powerful and positive force in music education, and the Lamont School of Music is one of the few schools in the nation to offer certification paired with a graduate degree in music. In maintaining high performance standards, the program is tailored to the 21st-century professional artist-teacher.

    Religious Studies, MA: Across our programs, students explore religious traditions as avenues into contemporary issues. Understanding religious identities, practices and beliefs deepens our understanding of cultures, politics, economics and relations with one another — around the world and in our local communities.




  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Producing Global Leaders and Research with Impact.

    The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is consistently rated one of the world’s top programs in its field.

    We foster a rigorous and creative approach to examining global issues and developing innovative solutions both in the classroom and in the field, with an emphasis on research that has practical relevance. Each year, the Korbel School hosts diplomats and officials from across the globe, providing our students with the broad context necessary to contribute to the improvement of international relations.

    Global Environmental Sustainability, MA: This program takes an engaged, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the causes and consequences of global change, informing strategies for action, and preparing students for impactful and meaningful careers. We seek always to connect the global to the local and to empower our students to make a difference at every level. Our graduates are prepared to hold key positions in important organizations worldwide in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
    Global Economic Affairs, MA: This program prepares our students to make sense of today's most pressing and complex economic issues—economic inequality, sustainability and the global economy. The degree is interdisciplinary, placing equal emphasis on theory, policy and qualitative as well as quantitative skills.
    International Development, MA: This program emphasizes the need for broad-based, environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth that generates meaningful employment opportunities.
    International Human Rights, MA: Critically examine the historical processes, social movements, strategies and institutions designed to protect human rights.
    International Security, MA: Our international security program has evolved to prepare students to enter an increasingly complex security environment.
    International Studies, MA: A flexible and mostly self-directed degree, our flagship MA program has specialties in areas such as quantitative methods, environmental protection, policy-making, global health and specific geographic areas, to name a few.
    Public Policy, MPP: This program draws on the deep international policy faculty at Korbel and from across the DU community to offer a truly interdisciplinary and applied degree.


  • Morgridge College of Education

    Unleashing the Power of Learning.

    The Morgridge College of Education is a graduate college that advances teaching and learning through a variety of distinct yet collaborative programs.

    We offer master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education, policy, counseling, research methods, and library and information science, in addition to more traditional programs including school psychology, educational leadership, early childhood and teacher preparation. Whether you want to pursue a career in child and family psychology or a life as an educator of youth and adults, our programs provide you with an edge through field and clinical experiences that will enhance your foundation of knowledge and prepare you to launch a meaningful career.

    School Psychology, EdS: Our Ed.S. program offers you practical experience, research opportunities, and well-rounded coursework. You will learn the skills needed to work with children of all developmental abilities (aged birth to 21 years), as well as their families, in school or community settings.
    School Psychology, MA: Our MA program prepares graduates for careers in School Psychology across a broad range of education, mental health, and research settings. Our program embraces ecological and social justice orientations.
    Counseling Psychology, MA: The MA in counseling psychology is an ideal degree for anyone who wants to learn to assist children and/or families dealing with change or trauma, aid individuals struggling with addictions or work as a researcher or leader to affect change at a societal level. The MA program offers three areas of concentration: research, general counseling and clinical mental health counseling.
    Curriculum and Instruction, MA: Learn to challenge and inspire students by constructing and implementing innovative, inclusive and effective curricula through the MA in curriculum and instruction.
    Early Childhood Special Education, MA: Our program approaches the field of early childhood special education in an ecological, holistic, and developmental way. We focus on professional, ethical, research, and policy issues related to early childhood development, social-emotional early learning, and family support.
    Higher Education, MA: By joining this program, you can gain valuable insight into the manner in which policy is developed and how it impacts higher education, as well as skills that can allow you personally to affect and improve those policies.
    Library and Information Science, MLIS: The MLIS program focuses on 21st century informational science and data management, as well as on developing the skills needed to evaluate, manage and adapt to technological change. The curriculum includes 30 credits of electives, giving you opportunity to focus on a specialization area, such as archives, digitization, academic librarianship or information technology.
    Research Methods and Statistics, MA: Whether your educational background is in education, psychology, marketing or a variety of other disciplines, you'll find the opportunity to develop analytical skills through the MA in research methods and statistics.
    Teacher Education Program, MA: Our Teacher Education Program (TEP) offers an intensive, integrated, professional preparation experience. As an apprentice teacher, you will be in one field placement for the entire academic year with a gradual release of teaching responsibility over the year. Courses for this program begin on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The application deadline is Wednesday, June 15, 2020. Contact Noah Schlueter for more information.
  • Graduate School of Social Work

    Connect. Mobilize. Transform. Equity.

    The Graduate School of Social Work is rooted in social justice and ranked in the top 10 percent of all social work schools in the U.S.

    We offer the specialized training you’ll need to launch a career creating positive change for individuals, families, and communities. By integrating community internships alongside the classroom curriculum, you’ll maximize your education and finish with the tools to advocate for populations impacted by oppression and to provide tactical treatments for those experiencing some of society’s most harrowing challenges.

    Master of Social Work (MSW): In the Master of Social Work program students apply social work theories and research through classroom experiences, community projects, and field internships.

  • Sturm College of Law

    Innovating the Future of Law.

    Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 law schools, the Sturm College of Law combines traditional classroom learning with dynamic, hands-on legal experiences.

    Master’s students learn from an innovative and comprehensive curriculum in a variety of concentrations, including nationally ranked programs in environmental and natural resources law, legal writing, clinical training, and tax law. Dedicated faculty members, substantive courses and myriad experience-based learning opportunities give students the expertise and confidence they need to pass the bar exam and start practicing law immediately following graduation.

    Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Policy, MLS: The master of legal studies in environmental and natural resources law and policy is for professionals who want to broaden their understanding of the continuously evolving field of environmental and natural resources law on a global level. 
    Legal Administration, MSLA: The MSLA program provides students with the knowledge and skills to run a law firm, court or legal organization, both nationally and internationally. Concentrations in law firm administration and court administration allow for further specialization.
    Legal Studies, MLS: Denver Law’s master of legal studies (MLS) program is designed for graduate students and professionals whose interests and areas of employment would be enriched by the study of law, the legal system and legal reasoning but who do not want to practice law. 
    Taxation, MT: The graduate tax program curriculum combines both the law and accounting aspects of tax practice, giving our graduates the ability to provide thoughtful, practical advice to their clients.
  • University College

    Career-Focused Education. Online and Evenings.

    University College offers programs designed and delivered for busy adults to hone your talent and advance your career with online and evening courses.

    Whether looking to add a skill set with a certificate or pursue a master’s degree, you'll find that career-focused education provides an opportunity to advance your career without putting it on hold.

    Arts and Culture Management, MA: The Arts and Culture Management program cultivates the creative and critical thinking this vibrant sector needs—from advocacy and community outreach to marketing, organizational development, and fundraising.
    Communication Management, MA: Learn the art and science of powerful communication that persuades your audience to take desired actions. From the nuance required to handle interpersonal conversations or lead organizational change, to the strategy behind impactful digital communication or training, our curriculum develops your expertise in meaningful, data-driven storytelling. You'll enhance your abilities to strategically craft messages and measure their impact.
    Environmental Policy and Management, MS: Navigate the complex relationships between the environment, management, and policy by learning the principles and tools needed to thrive. From the evolving state of renewable energies to the impact of regulations, learn the ethical implications and management needs of the industry. Be equipped to solve environmental challenges in our local and global communities through innovative thinking, strategic analysis, and ethical leadership.

    Global Community Engagement, MA: In this program, you’ll critically explore issues of global concern and experience hands-on engagement with changing communities to make a positive impact. You’ll also learn to work effectively across cultures and refine your role as a responsible global citizen. 

    Health Informatics, MS: Be at the forefront of the health industry, equipped with the technical, communication, and leadership skills needed to thrive in the fastest growing field: informatics. In this master's degree program, you will learn to leverage health data tools and applications to achieve business and research outcomes within the health sector. You will work on hands-on informatics projects using real-world data from a curated health data repository built with industry partners. Learn to optimize data to support evidence—and value-based results and enhance your knowledge in digital health, informatics, analytics data science, and artificial intelligence to solve the health challenges of our time
    Healthcare Management, MS: As the health industry rapidly evolves and the demands shift daily, health industry leaders must be more strategic and visionary than ever before. Gain skills that help you transform the industry and better understand the patient, provider, payer, and population perspectives. Learn to compete in a value-driven system by leveraging collaborative and integrative techniques that drive high-quality, cost-effective healthcare.
    Information and Communications Technology (Cybersecurity Management), MS: Be prepared to anticipate and tackle the technology trends of today and tomorrow by learning to bridge the gap between business requirements and technical solutions. Technology evolves rapidly and it's up to you to stay competitive. You'll learn to synthesize knowledge of diverse areas of technology and influence the future of IT, plus gain hands-on skills in a specialized area. Want to move up the career ladder? The leadership and communication skills you'll gain will serve you well in management roles.
    Nonprofit Leadership, MS: The nonprofit sector continues to grow, and impactful leaders need to drive sustainable and innovative programs. In the Nonprofit Leadership program, you will gain practical knowledge to lead organizational change, craft successful fundraising strategy, and develop social enterprises for nonprofits. You'll learn to think critically and act strategically and ethically to serve mission-driven organizations while expanding your management acumen and ability to lead
    Organizational Leadership, MS: Cultivate your ethical leadership prowess as you learn to integrate strategy, innovation, and the emerging practices that inspire individuals and connect mission to values at organizations. As you progress in your own leadership development, uncover the ways effective leadership can transform lives, work, and social impact. You'll learn how to effectively manage change, people, and processes within dynamic environments across sectors.
    Professional Creative Writing, MA: Cultivate writing skills, learn how to offer work to publishers and agents, and lay the foundation for creating a personal brand. With fellow writers, you'll work through the whole writing process—from concept to first draft and creative revision to submission of a manuscript. You'll craft a robust portfolio and, as part of your culminating project, research markets and prepare a finished work for submission.
    Security Management, MS: Examine security threats, assess risk, and provide security solutions by delving into the field of security through case studies, research, and dynamic discussions among peers and instructors. With curriculum based on recommendations from ASIS International, this program strengthens your skills to protect organizations, employees, customers, physical assets, and intellectual property—all while maintaining the continuity of operations.
    Strategic Human Resources, MS: Align organizational aspirations with the talents of employees—all while addressing ethical and global implications. As HR continues to reinvent itself, gain insight into how a range of organizations address modern talent management, employee relations, legal issues, inclusivity and diversity, and ethics. Learn to strategically manage an organization's human assets and develop techniques to implement HR programs and policies.
    Supply Chain Management, MS: To meet the challenges of the changing global business environment, the University of Denver offers the first 21st century approach to the field through its graduate program in Supply Chain Management. In this program, solve real supply chain problems using the six pillars of supply chain management that address connections between supply chain, market trends, and business best practices.
  • Graduate School of Professional Psychology

    Where the Human Condition Meets Scientific Method.

    Graduate School of Professional Psychology has integrated coursework, practice, service and policy work to train a workforce capable of using psychology to improve the human condition.

    Since 1976, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) has integrated coursework, practice, service, and policy work to train a workforce capable of using psychology to improve the human condition.

    Sport Coaching, MA (online): This program educates and prepares coaches of all sports and levels — as well as strength and conditioning coaches — to enhance athlete, team, or client performance. Students benefit from a comprehensive, flexible, and individualized curriculum designed by internationally respected faculty experts in coach education.

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