Your application to conduct your graduate studies at CU Boulder will be considered after all application materials have been received. Please allow plenty of time to complete this process prior to the application deadlines. These deadlines are when all materials, including your letters of reference, should be received. Please note all deadlines are 10:00pm MST (midnight EST). We recommend beginning the application process early and allowing plenty of time to complete the process.
Minimum Admissions Requirements
The Graduate School at CU Boulder has established minimum standards for admission.
Qualified students may be recommended for admission to regular degree status by approved programs of the Graduate School provided they meet the following criteria. Individual graduate departments may have additional or more restrictive standards by which they evaluate graduate applicants. Be sure to visit the admissions pages of the programs that you are interested in for a full list of program specific application requirements.
Required Application Materials
While you may complete your online application in multiple sessions, we recommend that you gather as much of these materials as possible prior to beginning your application.
Prepare your "Personal Statement" as a .doc or .pdf file, and upload it with your application. Questions may vary by department and are available within the application.
The online application asks for such basic information as:
For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. For all international academic work, you must provide the original, native language version of both the transcript and, separately, the degree document, as well as a certified English translation of those documents. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to many graduate programs and is considered valuable for all others. Please check program pages to determine specific test requirements. The GRE college code for CU Boulder is 4841. Direct any inquiries regarding these examinations to the program in which you intend to study. If you are applying to the Leeds School of Business, you are required to present scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT college code is 4841.
Each program requires letters of recommendation but vary in the number of letters required. Review the prospective students' page of the program to which you are applying for the required number. You will be asked to supply the names of your recommenders as well as their email addresses within the application.
Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted by CU Boulder only after approval by the department chair/program director and under the special conditions outlined below. Transfer credit is defined as any credit earned at another accredited institution, credits earned on another campus of the CU system, or credits earned as a nondegree student within the CU system. Students seeking a degree from the University of Colorado Boulder must complete the majority of their course work while enrolled in a graduate program as a degree-seeking student.
The following rules apply to transferring credit to CU Boulder graduate programs:
To determine whether you are eligible to apply for in-state tuition classification, visit the Tuition Classification page on the Registrar's site.
$60 Domestic Application Fee
The application fee can be paid online when you submit your application via Credit card or Electronic check.