2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin

University Admission Criteria

The University of Denver offers admission to graduate applicants who demonstrate the highest potential for successful graduate study. Applicants are evaluated by the individual programs to which they apply on the basis of their prior performance and professional promise as evidenced by academic records, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and other supplemental materials. Academic program admission requirements may be higher than University minimal standards. To be admitted as a regular degree student, an applicant must meet the following requirements:    

  • Baccalaureate Degree: Applicants must hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited college or university or the recognized equivalent from an international institution.
  • The minimum baccalaureate GPA for graduate admission consideration at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work). An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution supersedes the minimum standards for the baccalaureate. Applicants with graduate coursework who have not earned a master’s degree or higher may use the GPA from the graduate work to meet the requirement. The minimum GPA for all graduate coursework undertaken is a cumulative 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Standardized Test Scores: The University of Denver does not require graduate entrance examinations for admission. However, many graduate programs do require standardized exams, such as the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for admission. Some departments may require applicants to take the GRE Subject Test in a specific discipline as well. Please see the published admission requirements for specific academic program admission requirements.   

Note: The minimum GPA requirement for the JD in the Sturm College of Law is set according to the standards of the American Bar Association. 

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