MSU Denver

What is the Honors Program?

Mission Statement: The Honors Program is rooted in the MSU Denver mission to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education to a diverse student population in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Students and faculty who participate in the Honors Program commit to pursue the University mission to engage the community at large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity and the application of knowledge. The MSU Denver Honors Program offers a transformative intellectual challenge within the context of a supportive community. This program fosters interdisciplinary inquiry and experiential learning and provides guidance for in-depth research and creative projects. The Honors Program encourages students to become good stewards of their knowledge by inviting them to active participation in academic leadership and service opportunities.

About: The Metropolitan State University of Denver Honors Program is a community of highly motivated and academically adventurous students and faculty members dedicated to working together to attain new levels of achievement.

This is an innovative program that allows students to achieve the Honors Program credential by completing an individually tailored combination of both academic courses and co-curricular honors options.

The Honors Program is designed to develop in our students the ability to apply critical and creative thinking as well as conduct high-quality research and creative work. Honors students also learn to integrate a variety of disciplines in their approach to a given project, demonstrate civic and intercultural knowledge and engagement, and reflect critically upon their values and the learning process.

Who is an Honors Student?

Honors Student presenting research at conference

Are you the kind of student who truly enjoys learning? Do you read for pleasure? Are you curious about more topics than you have time to pursue? Do you enjoy in-depth dialogue and/or debate? Does intellectual challenge motivate you? If you find yourself answering in the affirmative to many of these questions, you just might be an honors student/

Open to new, continuing, and transfer students in all majors, the Honors Program provides an enriching academic experience for motivated students with broad academic interests. Designed to promote independent thought and creative inquiry, the majority of honors credits are earned in conjunction with your degree program—not as additional hours. Students who enroll in Honors should expect a challenge that stimulates curiosity and research while broadening perspectives in unexpected ways.

Why join the Honors Program?

Students in the MSU Denver Honors Program enjoy the combined benefits of a small community of engaged learners and dynamic instructors, while also having access to the substantial resources of MSU Denver and its vibrant urban campus.

  • Supportive community
  • Access to the Honors House and its many resources
  • Priority registration
  • Exciting interdisciplinary honors courses with smaller class sizes
  • Additional advising and academic support
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Funding for local, regional and national conference travel Work closely with faculty
  • Recognition at graduation and Honors designation on transcripts
  • Improved placement rates for graduate and professional school

Program Requirements

Admission Criteria

To apply to the Honors Program, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above (high school, transfer or current MSU Denver GPA)
  • ACT of 24 or above
  • SAT of 1160 or above

Good Standing

To graduate with MSU Denver Honors Program distinction, each student completes Honors coursework and an Honors thesis, and maintains a 3.3 undergraduate GPA.


The Honors Program curriculum requires 21 units of approved courses and activities. Each student is able to design their own path through the Honors curriculum by completing the Honors core courses and combining a selection of academic and co-curricular options.

Apply Now

Honors House

To become a member of the Honors Program community, complete the Honors Application (Qualtrics Form) and get the ball rolling today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!