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Application to the Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Program Application Information for Fall 2022 Class


  • The Fall 2022 Application Cycle is now CLOSED. 
  • 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
  • For full consideration, please apply by May 15th. We encourage everyone to apply and submit the required materials early. Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis after the May 15th deadline. Please keep in mind that students without a cyber/tech/CIS/CS background may have to enroll in a summer course to be considered for admission.
  • 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.


STEMpath Certificate

MSU Denver’s Graduate STEMPath Certificate of Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program that combines the knowledge of cyber laws/policies, advanced computer science and information systems solutions for individuals not seeking a MS in cybersecurity but want to teach cybersecurity classes to K-12 level students.

You may review the program requirements HERE.

Applications for this program are open ONLY to K-12 teachers who are applying through mindSpark. You may apply HERE (make sure you select STEMpath program).

You will need to submit the following:

  • completed online application
  • official transcripts of any higher education institutions you’ve attended (unofficial copies are acceptable for the online application but official copies are required before you can begin your studies). Please have official transcripts sent directly from the institution to [email protected]
  • Deadline to submit your application is April 15th
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International Student Application

We accept international applications for our online only graduate certificates. You may apply HERE if you are indeed applying to the certificates below ONLY:

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

We’re currently not accepting international applications for in person classes.

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, 2022. However, complete applications will be considered as long as spaces are available.

Graduate Certificate Program Policies and Procedures