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How to Apply for Graduate Studies

Admission into a graduate program at Metropolitan State University of Denver is selective. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50. The admission requirements are determined by each individual department/academic program. Applicants will receive a holistic review of their admission application. The Office of Graduate Studies facilitates the application process and serves as a liaison between you and the program for which you are applying. The Office of Graduate Studies is not involved in programmatic admissions decisions. Please select your program of interest from the drop boxes below or Apply Now

* Applicants that have attended and/or received a degree from a foreign university (Not Study Abroad) must have their transcripts evaluated and submitted through a professional evaluation service:

  • Recommended evaluation services are WES or ECE
  • Request a "Course-by-Course evaluation"

Are you a Colorado resident who is interested in graduate school?

Mark Tuesday, October 15, 2019 on your calendar.  It is Colorado Free Application Day!

 

What is Colorado Free Application Day?

To inspire more Coloradans to continue their education, the Colorado Department of Higher Education has teamed up with colleges and universities all across the state of Colorado to waive college application fees for all Colorado students on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

That means if you submit your application between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. that day, you can apply for free.

Who is Qualified to Submit an Application?

All Colorado residents qualify for Colorado Free Application Day. (We are including Colorado undocumented students as well.)

The fee waiver is available on October 15 only. You must submit your online application that day to receive the waiver.

You are a graduate student if you have completed or will complete a four-year bachelor’s degree program or its equivalent at a college or university prior to attending MSU Denver. International students must complete the same admission requirements as domestic students in addition to the *International Student Documents. At this time we can only issue I-20s for the following graduate programs; Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Social Work.

International Graduate Admission Checklist (1-6)

1. Apply: Create an account and submit your online graduate admissions application. The $50.00 application fee is due at the time of application.

2. Complete Additional Program Requirements: It is important that you review the admissions requirements for your academic program.

3. Submit Official Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Foreign transcripts MUST be received through a professional evaluation service:

    • Recommended evaluation services are WES or ECE
    • Request a course-by-course evaluation
    • Servicers can send digital copies of their evaluation directly to gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu
    • Servicers can send hard copies to the following address: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Academic Affairs/Office of Graduate Studies, 1201 5th Street, Campus Box 48, Denver, CO 80217

4. Official Proof of English Proficiency - MSU Denver school code is 4505

  • A minimum score of 76 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS (Prefer E-Delivery system)
  • A minimum score of 51 on the PTE
  • The official completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or University

*Proof of English Proficiency is not required for applicants who: Are lifetime residents of Australia, Belize, Great Britain, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

5. Financial Support Documents:

  • Complete the Affidavit for Financial Support OGS form
  • Current official bank statement: affidavit or letter from your financial sponsor/s. Financial documents must be dated within six months of the first day of class for the semester you are starting at MSU Denver. They must be uploaded as a document through the application system. The bank statement must be equal or greater to $32,000, plus $10,000 per dependent on the day the currency conversion is made (If the bank statement is in a foreign currency).

6. Current Passport and VisaIf available at the time of application. If not available, your visa and passport must be provided at the new student orientation. *Current I-20: (International transfer students actively studying in the U.S. only) A SEVIS transfer form will be required by all transfer students after being accepted. The PDSO/DSO at your current school can complete this request. MSU Denver cannot issue you a new I-20 until this has been completed. MSU Denver I-20 Transfer Form. If you require a change of status, please contact International Student Support at intlsupport@msudenver.edu

Next Steps: After all admissions requirements have been received by the academic program. The admissions committee will review your file and make an admissions decision. If an acceptance decision is made, the I-20 will be processed and sent to the address we have on record. You will receive a letter in the mail stating your admissions status. Mandatory international student orientation will be held the first week prior to the start of classes.

Helpful Links:

English as a Second Language (ESL) - support only 

Immigrant Services

Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa

After You Are Admitted - Steps to Success for International Students

 

 

MSU Denver offers five Alternative Licensure Programs (ALP). Teacher Candidates in the Alternative Licensure Programs may be hired by any Colorado Front Range area public school district, public or private charter school, or an accredited private school.

To enroll, all candidates MUST:

  • Call 303-615-0013 to get a login code for enrollment
  • Have an "alternative license pending employment/program" status from the Colorado Department of Education
  • Have a full-time teaching contract

Please Note: access to enrollment forms is restricted to those who meet the requirements.

Individuals who have been hired as a full-time teacher and have submitted their application for Alternative Teaching License, but do not have a status of "alternative license pending" may be given access to the forms on a case by case basis.

Individuals who have an "alternative license pending employment/program" status, but have not been hired as a full-time teacher will not be given access to the forms.

*For additional information please visit the ALP homepage

Depending on the concentration you choose to pursue, the application for the Master of Arts in Teaching has a few variations. Those applying for the Special Education or Elementary Education programs must have either completed your undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. If your GPA was less than 3.0, you must score a minimum of 160 on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE in order to be evaluated.

Applicants pursuing the Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate must have a completed undergraduate degree in Special Education, a Special Education Generalist license or equivalent from an accredited institution. These requirements can also be met if you've been accepted in MSU Denver's MAT with a concentration in Special Education.

Domestic

Application Deadlines

International

Application Deadlines

Semester

Due Date

Semester

Due Date

Spring

November 15

Spring

 September 17

Summer

April 15

Summer

February 17

Fall

July 15

Fall

May 18

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission Application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee 
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  4. If applicable, a GRE score - MSU Denver school code is 4505 
  5. Essay/Personal Statement - see department website for formatting details
  6. Resume
  7. Criminal History Form

*For additional information please visit the MAT homepage

Applicants with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, regardless of discipline, may apply for MSU Denver's MBA program. Students are encouraged to gain at least two years experience in the workforce before applying, but it is not required.

Domestic

Application Deadlines

Degree-Seeking

International

Application Deadlines

Degree Seeking

Semester

Due Date

Semester

Due Date

Spring

October 7

Spring

September 7

Fall

June 7

Fall

May 7

 

Domestic

Application Deadlines

Non-Degree Seeking

Semester

Due Date

Spring

December 6

Summer

May 8

Fall

June 1


Completed online Graduate Admission application Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. $50 non-refundable application fee
  2. Choose from one of the following:
    • GMAT Score - MSU Denver school code: S51-6H-79
    • Official proof of earned a master's degree or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Portfolio documenting at least five years of significant business and management experience. Send in a PDF to mba@msudenver.edu. Contact the MBA program advisor before considering this option
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  4. Essay/Personal Statement
  5. Resume
  6. If applicable, proof of admission to a graduate business program at another regionally accredited college or university

*For additional information visit the MBA homepage

Application Deadlines

Semester

Due Date

Spring

November 30

Fall

June 28

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA (in and out of major), but students with a lower GPA may still apply for conditional admission. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  4. Resume
  5. Contact information for three (3) professional references
    • Professional references are mandatory
    • Do not submit reference letters
  6. Personal Statement Video (2-3 Minutes) or Essay (3-5 pages)

*For additional information please visit the MHA homepage

Applicants who lack the required prerequisites can complete the requirements via Peregrine Academic Services (online learning modules) or students can apply as a Non-Degree Seeking undergraduate student to take the necessary undergraduate courses to meet the requirements. Contact the program coordinator for details.

Prerequisites and requirements will vary depending on the type of Master of Professional Accountancy program you are applying for. 

Domestic

Application Deadlines

Degree-Seeking

International

Application Deadlines

Degree-Seeking

Semester

Due Date

Semester

Due Date

Spring

October 7

Spring

September 7

Summer

May 8

Summer

February 17

Fall

June 1

Fall

May 18

Domestic

Application Deadlines

Non-Degree Seeking

Semester

Due Date

Spring

December 6

Summer

May 8

Fall

August 7

 

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application 
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Choose from one of the following:
    • GMAT Score - MSU Denver school code: S51-6H-79
    • Official proof of an approved professional exam or licensure (CPA)
    • Official proof of previously-earned graduate business degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  4. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  5. Essay/Personal Statement
  6. Resume
  7. Contact information for three (3) professional references. (Not required for Non-Degree Seeking Students)
    • Professional references are mandatory
    • Do not submit reference letters

*For additional information visit the MPAcc homepage

Program Prerequisites- Four of the Five of the following:

  • Principles of Accounting I (ACC 2010)*
  • Principles of Accounting II (ACC 2020)*
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACC 3510)**
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACC 3520)** OR Income Tax I (ACC 3090)** 
    • Intermediate Accounting II must be satisfied within the first two semesters of the program regardless of completion of Income Tax or Cost Accounting

*These courses can be satisfied at the community college level

**Applicants can show completion or current enrollment in these courses to be considered for admission

Applicants who lack required prerequisites are encouraged to apply to MSU Denver as a Non-Degree Seeking undergraduate student to take the necessary prerequisites under the "Prep" Master in Accounting program. Contact the program coordinator for details. 

The mission of the Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health with an emphasis in Addictions Counseling is to train practitioners with professional competency in the field of addictions and mental health counseling to provide excellence in service delivery along the entire continuum of care.  The Master of Science Program will integrate education, research, skills development, treatment and recovery evidence-based practices with experiential opportunities in the pursuit of understanding and treating substance abuse and addictive behavior disorders.

  

                          Application Deadlines

 

Semester

Due Date

Fall Preferred Consideration

June 1

Fall Regular Deadline

August 1

Spring Preferred Consideration

August 1

Spring Regular Deadline

September 15

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA (in and out of major), but students with a lower GPA may still apply for conditional admission. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Essay 500-1000in APA format on the following:
    • Reason for applying
    • Career and goal statement
    • Experience with cultural diversity
  6. Reference letters from 3 individuals (1 professional, 2 academic; these should not come from MSU Denver’s Department of Human Services and Counseling)

All admission decisions will be made by the Masters of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health Admissions Committee. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. After the Admissions Committee receives and reviews the application, applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be called in for a pre-admission workshop.  Applicants will be notified in writing (via e-mail) of their status. Applicants may be accepted, accepted with conditions, waitlisted, or denied admission. Students should check the Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health Program website for application timelines.

Note regarding criminal background checks: While MSU Denver does not require students to complete a criminal background check, students should be aware that certain offences and charges may prevent internship placement and impact post-graduate employment.

*For additional information please visit Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health Addictions Counseling Emphasis.

 

The Departments of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences jointly offer the Master of Science in Cybersecurity (CYBM). The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology houses and administers the CYBM Program.

MSU Denver’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary program that combines the knowledge of cyber laws/policies, with a theoretical understanding of cyber-criminal behavior, and advanced computer science and information systems solutions.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the CYBM program is to provide students with in-depth knowledge as well as practical skills in both policy and analysis of computer and network security, privacy, computer forensics, and the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of cybercrime. The CYBM program offers the following:

  • A multidisciplinary curriculum that combines the areas of computer science, computer information systems, cyber laws, and policies, with an understanding of cyber-crimes and criminals
  • Enables students with either a technical or non-technical undergraduate field of study to obtain a graduate degree in cybersecurity
  • Prepares students to enter management or technical positions at all levels in the field of cybersecurity
  • Provides students with leadership skills and an ability to work well in a team-based work environment

Competencies

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) developed the National Cybersecurity Workplace Framework, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) developed Industry Competency Model. The CYBM competencies use the above framework and model as guides. The CYBM graduates will be able to:

  • Identify, analyze, and mitigate threats to computer and information systems
  • Conceptualize, design, and build secure information systems
  • Provide support to ensure effective and efficient computer and information system performance and security
  • Provide leadership, management, strategy, development, and advocacy so that organizations may effectively conduct cybersecurity work
  • Investigate cyber events or crimes of computer and information systems and networks
  • Apply cyber laws and regulations in prosecuting and punishing cyber criminals
  • Be responsible for specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence

Application Deadlines

Semester Deadline
 
For full consideration and Scholarships
Fall
         August 1
 
Register for the GRE here

 

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee. For a limited time, application fees will be automatically waived. 
  3. GRE score - MSU Denver school code is 4505
  4. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  5. 1-2 Page Personal Statement/Essay
  6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  7. Satisfactorily complete a placement test, prior to admission to the CYBM program. The placement test will be waived for applicants who have an undergraduate degree in computer science or computer information systems. The placement test can be taken online for a $25.00 fee or it can be taken in-person on the MSU Denver campus free of charge.
    • Students who fail the placement test will be required to take one or more bridge courses
    • Suggested bridge courses will be determined on a case-by-case basis

When and Where to take the CYBM Graduate Placement Test:

The MSU Denver Testing Services office will offer the CYBM Graduate Placement Test on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to take this exam.

The Testing Services office is in the Tivoli Student Union, Room 347. The physical address is 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204.

Limited extended hours are available Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings by appointment only.  Call the Testing Center at 303-615-1700 to schedule an exam during extended hours.

Please notify the program after you have taken the exam to ensure timeliness of reporting. 

What to bring with you to the CYBM Graduate Placement Test:

  • You must present a valid photo ID, such as a Driver's License or Student ID, at the time you take the test.

For study materials download the following

 Criminal Justice Study Guide   -   Computer Information Systems Prep Part 1   

* Graduate student scholarships are available. For additional information contact Lucy Daberkow at ldaberko@msudenver.edu 

The field of nutrition and dietetics is ever changing. In 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require all new Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) to hold a master’s degree, which means the professional standard for the field is moving toward graduate-level qualifications. 

MSU Denver’s Master of Science program in Human Nutrition and Dietetics—the only program of its kind in Colorado taught in a flexible online/on-campus format.  

Program Options

M.S. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Includes advanced coursework in nutrition. Graduates of this program will earn a Master of Science degree. Select this program if you want to pursue a master’s degree without a Dietetic Internship, have already completed a Dietetic Internship or plan to pursue one in the future.

Application Deadlines

Semester Due Date
Fall Priority Deadline March 1
Fall Regular Deadline July 1
Spring Priority Deadline August 1 
Spring Regular Deadline December 1 
Summer Regular Deadline May 1 

 

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  4. Essay/Personal Statement (Limited to 500 words - visit the homepage for details)
  5. Resume
  6. Contact information (phone and email) for three (3) professional and/or academic references

 Prerequisites with a grade of C- or higher in the following:

  • Introductory statistics
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Organic and biological chemistry (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (the equivalent of 6 credit hours)
  • Upper division human nutrition course with macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism as the focus of the course (minimum of 3 credit hours)

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance to the program may be granted if a student is lacking up to six (6) credits of prerequisite coursework. Students lacking prerequisite coursework must successfully complete the required course(s) with a grade of C- or higher within one year of conditional acceptance to the program.

*For additional information please visit MS Human Nutrition and Dietetics

                            Application Deadlines

                                        Domestic & International

Semester

Due Date

Summer 2020
                                October 30, 2019 (Priority Deadline; Advanced Standing Program)
Fall 2020
                                 October 30, 2019 (Priority Deadline; Regular Program)                
Summer 2020
                     January 15, 2020 (Final Deadline; Advanced Standing Program)
Fall 2020
                                 January 15, 2020 (Final Deadline; Regular Program)
Fall 2020
                                 July 1, 2020 (Non-Degree Seeking)
Spring 2021
                                  November 1, 2020 (Non-Degree Seeking)

 

The MSW Program at MSU Denver has one application cycle annually. Please note that the Advanced Standing Program (for students with an undergraduate degree in social work) has a summer-start only and the Regular Program (for students with an undergraduate degree not in social work) is a fall-start only.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline. The admissions review team looks for an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, but students with a lower GPA may still apply for conditional admission. The application cycle for the Master's of Social Work starts in the fall semester. Whether you are applying for our regular MSW program or the Advanced Standing Program, the following items are required for admission:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: socialwork@msudenver.edu
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Professional History form
  6. Essay/Personal Statement
  7. Electronic Signature
  8. Advanced Standing Only: 
    1. Case Study
    2. Petition for Advanced Standing (only required if undergraduate degree is more than six years old)

*For additional information please visit the MSW homepage

The Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate Program is designed for persons holding a current license in special education, or equivalent. It is also available to students in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program with a concentration in Special Education. The goal of the certificate program is to increase the number of well-trained personnel in the areas of autism and significant support needs by providing a culturally responsive curriculum designed to meet the needs of school professionals teaching in these areas. Students completing the Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate will be well equipped to work with individuals with severe needs.

Application Deadlines

Semester Due Date
Spring November 15
Summer April 15
Fall July 15

Students applying for the certificate program (only) must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission Application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee 
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 
  4. Essay/Personal Statement - see department website for formatting details
  5. Resume
  6. Criminal History Form

* For additional information visit the Autism & Significant Support Needs Certificate Program homepage

Few things are more elemental to human health than food. Whether you are a healthcare professional, Registered Dietitian or you’re hungry for the latest nutrition science, a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science can help you expand your understanding of nutrition and give you foundational knowledge to use in your life or profession.

MSU Denver’s Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science is the only program of its kind in Colorado taught in a flexible online/on-campus format. 

Program Options

Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science: Includes 12 credit hours of graduate coursework in nutrition. Upon completion of the course requirements, you will earn a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science.

Application Deadlines

Semester Due Date
Fall Priority Deadline March 1 
Fall Regular Deadline July 1 


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu 

Prerequisites with a grade of C- or higher in the following:

  • Introductory statistics
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Organic and biological chemistry (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (the equivalent of 6 credit hours)
  • Upper division human nutrition course with macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism as the focus of the course (minimum of 3 credit hours)

*For additional information please visit Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science

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 an MS in cybersecurity but wants to teach cybersecurity classes to K-12 level students.

Mission and Goals

This certificate will increase the knowledge and enhance the skills of licensed teachers in Colorado who need to teach courses in cybersecurity (networking, information technology, cyber laws/regulation) to K-12 students.  Both the GRE and the CYBM Placement Test are not required for this certificate. Should students apply for MS in Cybersecurity degree, these tests will be required.

Application Deadlines

Semester

Deadline

Fall

August 1

In order to apply for admissions, you must be a current Colorado school teacher that has been approved by his/her school district or their representative. Refunds will not be processed for applications submitted inaccurately.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed online Graduate Admission application
  2. $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. District Paperwork with approval from the school district or representative
  4. Official Transcripts MUST be sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts sent via email in PDF form are unacceptable! *MSU Denver official transcripts are waived. Email: gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu

 For additional information contact Dr. Li at lli66@msudenver.edu

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