Graduate Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The graduate admissions process is selective and personal—you apply directly to the department you are considering. We will guide and assist you with understanding and completing the application requirements, and also notify you of your admission status. We know the admissions process can sometimes seem complicated, so if you have questions about the admissions process that are difficult to answer, we encourage you to contact us anytime. 

Target Enrollment Term Deadline for Completed Application
Summer Rolling admission. You can apply at any time, but priority will be given to applications before May 1st.
Spring Rolling admission. You can apply at any time, but priority will be given to applications before December 1st. 
Fall Rolling admission. You can apply at any time, but priority will be given to application before July 1st. 

Complete applications must include the following:

  • A completed application from the Graduate School office on the Downtown Denver Campus. Submit an application online: Domestic and International.
  • One copy of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and for any non-degree courses previously taken.
  • Three letters of recommendation, in which the recommender specifically addresses the candidate’s ability to pursue successfully the program chosen (forms for recommendation letters are available with the online application).
  • Evidence of a 3.0 grade point average in previous courses.
  • A 2-3-page statement of purpose in which the applicant carefully describes reasons and motivation for pursuing the program chosen, and career aspirations upon completing the degree.
  • CV/Resume
  • A critical writing sample of approximately 10 pages in length.
  • The Graduate Record Exam scores are optional. You may provide them if you wish, but they are no longer required.

Academic Prerequisites:

Applicants for the MA in English will have successfully completed 24 semester hours in English courses (graduate or undergraduate), excluding courses in composition, creative writing or speech. At least 16 of these semester hours should be at the upper division level. (Note: We sometimes accept hours completed in disciplines related to English. Please contact the Graduate Director to discuss options.)

Transfer of Credits from Other CU Campuses:

Students admitted to graduate study in English may complete all of their course requirements for the MA degree at UC Denver. Up to nine credits may be transferred from the CU-Boulder, UCCS or other graduate program; however, such transfer requires the written approval of the graduate director. Further, work already applied toward a graduate degree received at the University of Colorado or at another institution cannot be transferred toward another graduate degree of the same level at UC Denver.

For other rules concerning transfer of graduate credits, see the Downtown Denver Campus Graduate School Rules or contact Gillian Silverman, Graduate Director:

If you're having trouble with the application system, wondering how to submit documents, or have any technical questions, please check the How to Apply page or contact

Not sure you want to commit to an MA? Take a couple of classes as a non-degree student. If you apply to our program later and get admitted, you can transfer up to 12 credits.