Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 44, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217
Admission to a graduate program at MSU Denver requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with the exception of the 3+2 program in accounting, which allows students to enroll concurrently in both an undergraduate and graduate program. Master's degree programs may determine whether to accept students for enrollment only in the fall or in fall and spring semesters. Check the website of the individual degree program to determine its procedures. A non-refundable $50 application fee applies. The Graduate Admissions Application is available on the Office of Admissions website, msudenver.edu/masters
The Application for Admission and all credentials received by the University will be valid for two semesters beyond the term of application. After this time the files will no longer be maintained for applicants who do not complete their application, and for applicants who were accepted but did not enroll. Applicants wishing to attend MSU Denver after this period must submit a new application, application credentials that were not submitted and are outstanding, and the $50 application fee for domestic students or the $70 fee for international students.
Domestic Resident Admission Guidelines
Minimum university guidelines include the following:
- Acceptance into a master's degree program requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or a minimum index score that combines GPA with a standardized test score. Some programs allow conditional admission in which students may be admitted with qualifications not meeting these standards. Applicants should check the program website and/or contact a program advisor for details.
- Completion of a standardized test (GRE, GMAT, etc.) may be required for admission into a master's program. Programs determine specific requirements for this element, so students should check the program website and/or specific program section of the catalog.
- A cover letter, brief essay, or writing sample is required. Programs determine specific requirements for this element. Students should check the program website and/or specific program section of the catalog.
- At least one letter of recommendation or contact information from someone who would recommend the applicant is required. Programs determine specific requirements for this element. Students should check the program website and/or specific program section of the catalog.
- Official transcripts from all prior institutions are required.
- Foreign transcripts must also have an official English translation done by a certified translator, if applicable, and a professional, course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. World Education Services, wes.org, or Education Credential Evaluators, ece.org, are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.
The Graduate Admissions Application is available on the Office of Admissions website, www.msudenver.edu/Masters
International Student Admission Guidelines
International students must:
- complete all of the same requirements as domestic students;
- have achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 540 (or a score of 76 on the Internet version of the TOEFL);
- submit the required immigration documents for issuance of an I-20.
Deadlines for international student admission are available on individual program websites. A non-refundable $50 application fee applies.
The Graduate Admissions Application is available on the Office of Admissions website, msudenver.edu/admissions/apply/masters/internationalgraduateapplicants/.
Application Fee Revised by the Office of Admissions November 14, 2016
Transfer Student Admission Guidelines
- No more than 9, graduate-level, transfer credits (semester hours or equivalent) will be accepted for any program. These credits must have been completed no longer than six years prior to the admission term and must be from a regionally accredited, U.S. institution or equivalent.
- Programs have discretion over acceptance of transfer courses. A minimum grade of "B" is required for each transfer course. Applicants should check the program website and/or contact a program advisor for details.
Conditional Admission Guidelines
Conditional and/or provisional admission is possible in some programs. Each master's degree program determines whether or not to allow conditional and/or provisional admission, as well as the criteria for conditional and provisional admission to its program. Generally, a provisional admission is applied when a student has not submitted all of the necessary paperwork for admission, i.e., complete transcript, standardized test score, etc. A conditional acceptance is recognized as a department or program requiring a specific "condition" that the student must meet. This could be achieving a particular GPA or other such requirements. Students should check the program website and/or program section of the catalog to determine if this status is available and the details.
Students who do not fulfill the requirements set forth by the program may be dismissed.
Policy Revised: February 10, 2017
Non-degree-seeking Admission Guidelines
Students may be admitted to any of the graduate degree programs with a non-degree-seeking status. For detailed information, refer to the non-degree admissions policies and procedures located on the program's website and/or specific program's section of the catalog. Non-degree-seeking students do not qualify for financial aid and must re-apply and pay a new application fee in order to become degree-seeking. Completing coursework as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee admission into a degree program.
Intention to Enroll Deposit Policy Removed by Academic and Student Affairs February 8, 2017