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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. Although some programs have a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of a 3.00, the minimum cumulative GPA for all graduate admissions is a 2.50. 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


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. Please review the following checklist. 

International Graduate Admission Checklist

  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
  4. *Submit International Student Documents: In addition to the domestic admission requirements, international students must submit the following materials to the academic department as part of your application packet.
    1. Official TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores | Proof of English Proficiency - MSU Denver school code is 4505
      • A minimum score of 76 on the internet-based TOEFL
      • A minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS
    2. 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
      • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or University
      • Have completed the highest level of an accredited intensive English language training program
    3. 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 in a sealed envelope from the bank or sponsor/s. 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).
      • Current Passport and Visa: If 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

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. A mandatory international student orientation is held the first week of classes.

Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa. After You Are Admitted - Steps to Success for International Students

 

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 Priority Deadline
Fall April 15
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     
  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: graduateadmission@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 is 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

* For additional information contact Dr. LiYing Li at lli66@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

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:graduateadmission@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

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

Application Deadlines

Semester Due Date
Spring December 21
Fall June 3
Register for the GMAT 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
  3. 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 M.B.A. program advisor before considering this option
  4. Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended. *MSU Denver transcripts are waived. Email: mba@msudenver.edu
  5. Essay/Personal Statement
  6. Resume
  7. If applicable, proof of admission to a graduate business program at another regionally accredited college or university

*For additional information visit the M.B.A. homepage

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

Application Deadlines

Semester Due Date
Spring January 7
Summer March 4
Fall June 3
Register for the GMAT 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
  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: mpacc@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 M.P.Acc. 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. 

Application Deadlines

Semester

Due Date

Spring

November 30

Fall

June 30

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: mhahep@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 M.H.A. 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.

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 M.A.T. with a concentration in Special Education.

Application Deadlines

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

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: graduateadmission@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 M.A.T. homepage

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

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: graduateadmission@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

Application Deadlines

Semester

Due Date

Fall

July 1 (Non-Degree Seeking)

Fall

January 15 (Regular)

Summer

January 15 (Advanced Standing Only) 

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 M.S.W. homepage