Required Application Materials

To be considered for admission to the Master's of Integrated Science program, students must be able to submit the following materials and meet the necessary requirements:

Application form

  • Graduate Application for Admission 
  • Under the “Academic Interest” section, select Master of Integrated Science (MIS) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If this designation is not accurately included, materials will not be received by the Admissions Committee. 

Application Fee

  • $50 Application Fee / $75 for International Students (though most international applicants are not charged the application fee due to the External Credential Evaluation Requirements)
  • Applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver if they meet one of the following criteria and provide supporting documentation:

    • Member or participant of a federally funded, graduate preparation program (McNair, MARC U-STAR, IMSD, Bridges to the Baccalaureate, Bridges to the Doctorate, PREP, RISE, TRiO, IPERT, ENDURE, Cientifico Latino Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative, or Sally Casanova).
    • Member of the military: active duty, reserve and guard forces, or veterans and retirees.
    • Registered member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native entity.
    • CU Denver Alumni (must have completed a degree).
    • Fulbright Scholarship recipients.
    • An individual with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
    • An individual who met a Graduate Recruitment representative at an event and submitted a Request for Information Form.

    Application fee waivers may also be considered for other circumstances such as financial hardship. Members of the military, registered members of federally recognized American Indian tribes or Alaska Native entities, and CU Denver alumni will automatically have their fees waived when they submit the application; nothing additional is needed.

    For all other individuals, to be considered for a fee waiver, please complete the Application Fee Waiver Form before your program’s deadline. Acceptance or denial of your fee waiver application does not affect your likelihood of admission into a graduate program

    Conferred bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  

    • With 40 semester hours of undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental sciences, geology, mathematics, and/or physics. 


    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; however, applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may be considered if they have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the scores are forwarded to the program office. 

    College and University Transcripts 

    • Applicants must list and provide unofficial transcript(s) for every post-secondary institution where they were enrolled—or are currently enrolled—in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Even if a degree was not earned from that institution, a transcript is still required.

    CU Denver considers unofficial transcripts to be sufficient for the review process. When filling out an online application, upload transcripts as scanned copies or PDFs (no larger than 10 MB). Please refrain from uploading a secured PDF/transcript with a digital signature, as our system cannot upload these properly. If you earned a degree at the institution from which you are submitting a transcript, please ensure that the degree conferred and the degree conferral date are clearly visible on the document. If your transcript does not include your degree conferred and your degree conferral date, please submit a scanned copy of your diploma, a conferral statement, or a conferral document in addition to your transcript. Combine this documentation and the transcript into a single PDF.

    If you are currently enrolled in a degree program and will not have earned the degree by the time you submit your application, submit your most recent in-progress transcript. If you are offered admission to CU Denver and accept the offer, you will be required to submit official transcripts/degree conferral documents during your first term as a student. If you do not submit your official transcripts, an enrollment hold will be placed on your account, and you will be unable to enroll in future terms.

    A Statement of Purpose

    • The statement of purpose will include educational background, why students are interested in applying for the MIS program, and the disciplines of interest.     

    Letters of Recommendation (three)

    • Recommenders should be individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic qualifications, of which at least two (2) should be from academic sources. 
    • Possessing the minimum requirements and meeting the priority deadline will guarantee that the application is considered. It does not, however, guarantee admission. The admissions committee will select students competitively to create a high-quality and balanced cohort of participants entering the program each year.

    Transfer Policy

    We accept up to 12 hours of graduate transfer credits (dependent on a B grade or better) with program director approval. However, these credits must fit the student’s program goal in order to apply to the MIS degree. Further, no coursework may be applied that will be older than seven years on the day of graduation. For more information please contact the program director.