Graduate School advisors provide information and guidance to students and staff on issues including:

  • General Graduate School information, policies and rules
  • Requirements for degrees that apply to all students
  • Exceptions to requirements
  • Registration requirements
  • Theses and dissertation format guidelines and submissions info
  • Graduation requirements and deadlines

For general inquiries, contact Graduate Student Services at, Tel: 303-492-8220.

For more specific inquiries, contact the appropriate staff member below:

Ginny Borst McNellis, Assistant Dean, 303-735-3534

  • Coordination of campus issues relating to academic rules and policies for graduate students
  • Provisional admission
  • Concurrent bachelor’s/master’s program administration
  • Graduate Faculty Appointments
  • Graduation requirements and final certification
  • New graduate degree program and certificate proposal review and curricular reveiw, including concurrent degree programs and domestic and international dual degrees
  • Thesis submission policies and repository liaison
  • Grievance issues
  • Petitions for exceptions to regulations and advanced time limit extension requests
  • General advising

Joyce Cheney, Student Services Professional, 303-492-2268

  • Provide information on Graduate School rules, policies, and procedures
  • Admission to candidacy and graduation requirements
  • Transfer of credit
  • Registration/grade change issues, Leave of Absence and registration requests
  • Examination committee approvals
  • Time limits and extension requests
  • Thesis and dissertation format and submission
  • Academic probation
  • General advising

Gretchen O’Connell, Senior Assistant Dean, 303-492-6143

  • Information on Graduate School rules and policies as they relate to student faculty appointments and fellowships
  • Exceptions to graduate school policies for student faculty appointments
  • Approving authority for OTPs for student faculty
  • Graduate admissions policies and procedures
  • University fellowships and recruitment funds

Patricia Krus Stanfield, Graduate Admissions Coordinator & Professional Assistant to the Senior Assistant Dean, 303-492-5297

  • Graduate School Grants and Fellowships
  • Application inquiries and issues
  • Updates to on-line graduate application
  • Graduate admissions website updates and maintenance