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Application to the Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Program Application Information for Fall 2021 Class


  • The Fall 2021 Application Cycle is now CLOSED. Please visit our website next year to apply for fall 2022.
  • Please note, the graduate certificate programs at MSU Denver are fall-start only.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Application

  • Please note: application processing may take up to 6 – 8 weeks  to complete.
  • Those ranked in the top of the application pool may be granted early admission to the graduate certificate programs, giving them a head start on:
    • Preparing to start the program
    • Registering for classes
    • Applying for Scholarships
  • For full consideration, please apply by April 15th. We encourage everyone to apply and submit the required materials early. Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis after the April 15th deadline.
  • Complete applications will be accepted for as long as spaces are available.

To be admitted to any graduate certificate programs, candidates must:

  • Submit graduate application.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university regionally. A minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 (cumulative) on a scale of 4.0 is required.
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended (transcripts from MSU-Denver are not required). Institutions may send official electronic transcripts to [email protected].
  • Submit a resume.

You may request further information by emailing us.


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International Student Application

We accept international applications for our online only graduate certificates:

  • Graduate Certificate of Cyber Defense
  • Graduate Certificate of Cybercrime Investigation

International admissions must include the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Obtain a minimum score of 76 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT). An official score must be sent directly from TOEFL Services; MSU Denver’s institution code is 4505. Scores older than two years are not acceptable.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Obtain an overall band score of at least 6.0. An official score must be sent directly from the testing company. Scores older than two years old are not acceptable.
  • Transcript evaluation- Foreign colleges/universities should send transcripts in English or translated into English directly to MSU Denver. If this is not possible, students should provide official transcripts in their original language for examination; these will be photocopied and returned. A professional course-by-course translation and evaluation completed by a professional transcript evaluation service is also required.  For more information regarding the transcript evaluation requirement, visit the International Student page then select the college transcripts dropdown.
  • The deadline for international admissions is March 15, 2021. However, complete applications will be considered as long as spaces are available.

Graduate Certificate Program Policies and Procedures