2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program

Admission Criteria

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program are evaluated based on the following criteria. Entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT are not required.

  1. Applicants must have completed 24 quarter hours (16 semester hours) of transferable credits in academic subjects. Applicants with between 24 and 44 quarter hours of total college credit earned must also submit high school transcripts or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED). Only courses where a grade of C- (1.7 on a 4-point scale) or better was earned will be eligible for transfer.
  2. Applicants must have at least three years of employment/professional experience. 

  3. The applicant's academic and professional commitments and written language skills are evaluated through the Personal Statement, submitted as part of the admission application.
  4. We consider special situations or circumstances that may have influenced previous academic performance; applicants should address these in their Personal Statement.

Admission Process

Bachelor of Arts Completion Program applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applications and all supplemental materials must be submitted online, with the exception of transcripts, which must be received by the stated application deadline. Applicants will be notified of a decision via email approximately two to four weeks following receipt of all application materials. Detailed application information and application deadlines are located on the University College website

  • Application: Applicants must complete the application online (gradadmissions.du.edu/apply)
  • Application Fee: A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. 
  • One Official Transcript from each Post-Secondary Institution: Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed. This includes transcripts for credit earned as transfer work and study abroad.
  • Personal Statement: A statement of purpose and commitment (two-pages double-spaced, 450-550 words) is required. The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance professional and educational goals. Please include one example illustrating when you have been faced with a challenge and how you have overcome the challenge drawing on resources and personal strengths. In addition, please identify any obstacles that may stand in your way toward completion and ideas you have for managing these obstacles. 
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Language Proficiency: 

    Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) are required of all University College applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL, IELTS or CAE score is received. The TOEFL, IELTS and CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date and are considered official only when received directly from the testing agency.

    • TOEFL: The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (pBT). Generally, applicants should achieve at least 20 in all TOEFL subscores on the internet-based exam. When requesting official TOEFL scores, please refer to institutional code 4842 and department code 02.

    • IELTS: The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.5. Each individual band score must be 6.0 or higher. 

    • Advanced (CAE) Certificate: The minimum CAE score accepted by the University is 169.


Exemptions: Students are generally exempt from the English proficiency test requirement if they have any of the following:

  • Secondary/high school diploma from a school where the language of instruction is English. Or,
  • 30 semester credits of coursework from a university or college where English is the sole language of instruction and examination. Or,
  • Successful completion of the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver’s English Language Center.
  • Admission Interview: An interview may be required at the program director’s request.

International Admission

Admission Standards for International Students

In addition to meeting all University of Denver admission requirements, non-native speakers of English must present proof of English proficiency. The University requires a minimum score of 80 iBT (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with at least 18 on all subscores or a score of 6.5 with no band scores below 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). During the COVID-19 pandemic a Duolingo English Test score of 105 or higher can be considered in lieu of these scores. For more information regarding English Proficiency, please visit: www.du.edu/apply/admission/apply/international/proficiency.html.

As part of the Common Curriculum at DU, most students must complete a foreign language requirement. Based on their language assessment scores, students must complete 4, 8, or 12 language credits in order to fulfill the requirement. If you are a non-native speaker of English, you are required to take English language credit courses in the LAUNCH Curriculum for which you will receive credit toward your degree and fulfill the language requirement. Placement in these courses is be based on your submitted English proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE) or the results of the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). The LAUNCH courses are designed to help students be more successful in their academic programs by improving their proficiency in English, learning about being part of an American institution of higher education, and learning more about U.S. culture.

Exemptions: Students are considered for exemption from the English proficiency test requirement if they have any of the following:

  • completed final two years and earned a diploma from a secondary/high school where the language of instruction is English
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of 600 or higher
  • ACT English subscore of 22 or higher
  • 30 semester credits of coursework from a university or college where English is the sole language of instruction and examination or completion of the first-year English I and II requirements in a U.S. college or     university
  • GCSE/IGCSE grade of A, B or C on the English Examination
  • HKDSE level of 5 on the English Language Core Subject examination

For more information regarding admission for international students, contact the University of Denver Office of International Student Admission by mail: 114 University Hall, 2197 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-9401; telephone: 303-871-2790; fax: 303-871-3522; email: INTLADM@du.edu; or web: http://www.du.edu/apply/admission/apply/international/.

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