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Acceptance of Non-U.S. Degrees

Acceptance of Non-U.S. Degrees from Institutions of Higher Education

The University of Colorado Boulder requires that a bachelor degree meet the four year minimum requirement after 12 years of primary/secondary education (total of 16 years' of education). Bachelor degrees that are three years in length, usually completed after 12 years of primary/secondary school, will not be recognized as equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor degree by the University of Colorado Boulder. Countries that have secondary school programs ending after year 13 or higher will have the three-year bachelor degree recognized as equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree (total of 16 years of education). Countries with secondary school programs routinely ending prior to 12 years will be reviewed on an individual basis.

For applicants to a graduate program (master's or doctorate), the Office of Admissions will complete a credential evaluation of any degree completed by the student and forward it to the department to which the student is applying. Regardless of whether or not the Office of Admissions considers the degree to be equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor degree, the department will not be prevented from reviewing the application.

If a department wishes to admit a student with a three-year degree that is not considered equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree, a provisional admission is required. The standard Graduate School provisional admission process must be followed.

Australia, Bologna Process countries, Canada, India, Israel, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are just some of the countries that have three-year degrees that may be evaluated as not equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree.