Program Requirements

Admission Criteria

The Honors Program is open to any student who wishes to apply. Acceptance is based on the quality of the application.

This program is designed for highly engaged and intellectually curious students who want to achieve their best and get more out of their college education. The Honors Program brings together a vibrant community of students from diverse academic backgrounds and with many different approaches to learning. 

Good Standing

To graduate with MSU Denver Honors Program distinction, each student completes Honors coursework and an Honors thesis, and achieves a 3.3 undergraduate GPA by the time of graduation.


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.


Please note that typically, students need at least 2 academic years (or 60 credits) to be able to complete the Honors Program along with their degree requirements. For students who only have 1 academic year left (30 credits), the Honors Program offers a Thesis-only track.  Please contact us for more information.

To become a member of the Honors Program community, complete the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

**Most of the Honors Program courses are offered face-to-face only. If you are an online-only student, please reach out to us before applying.**


Students wishing to apply to the MSU Denver Honors Program should complete the Honors Application and submit it to the Honors Program. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis for the following semester.

The application form requires the following information:

  1. Contact information for two academic references. We will reach out to them with a short list of questions.
  2. Writing samples including short answer questions and two essays of 300-500 words each. Preview the application writing prompts here.
  3. Optional: Applicants are invited to include current GPA and standardized test scores, but this is not required information. 

Please be advised that the Honors Program House is not accessible for disabled persons. If you have a disability please contact Jennifer O’Dell to schedule an appointment in another location. 

If you have questions please contact the Honors Program, or call 303-615-1154.

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