How do I switch my admission status from on-campus to distance, or vice versa?

Contact the graduate program advisor of your department and let them know that you want to switch admission status.

Switching from a Distance to a Main Campus Degree Student

If approved, the department will contact us to authorize the change with instructions to charge you the main campus enrollment deposit. You are not required to reapply to the degree program as a main campus student, but you must pay all applicable main campus fees. 

How do I submit my application to my chosen graduate program?

Applications to all graduate degree programs are accepted online

How do I make sure my application is processed as a distance education student?

If you intend to attend classes or complete your coursework through the Graduate School's distance education program rather than on the main campus, check the "distance education" box on the graduate application. 

The Graduate School rules and policies found in the University of Colorado Boulder catalog apply to all graduate degree and certificate students whether studying via distance education or on the main campus. Please note that participation in CU Graduate School's distance education program does not imply current or future admission to any degree or certificate program. 

Can I take courses before being admitted to my degree program?

You may enroll for classes through the Graduate School's distance education program before formal admission to a degree program. However, a complete application package including all forms, transcripts, letters of recommendation and GRE scores, if applicable, must be submitted to the academic program or department before finishing your third course if you plan to count them towards your degree. It is strongly advised that students contact the desired academic program or department before taking classes to discuss degree plans, requirements and advising. Refer to the degree pages for information about degree programs and departments. 

I haven't been admitted to the program yet but I'm taking a class. Do the course credits still count towards my degree?

Like courses taken at other academic institutions, including other CU campuses, courses taken through the Graduate School before admission to a degree program are counted as nondegree credits. The Graduate School will allow a maximum of nine credits of nondegree course work to transfer towards a master's degree. Students who exceed the limit must expect to lose those credits.

Participation in the Graduate School's distance education program does not imply current or future admission to any degree or certificate program.

How many courses can I take once I have been admitted to my degree program?

All applicable courses taken after admission into a degree program will count towards degree requirements and are calculated in your cumulative GPA. There is no limit to the number of distance courses you can take as long as they fulfill departmental degree requirements. 

Please remember that Graduate School rules and policies found in the University of Colorado Boulder catalog apply to all graduate students. The University catalog is available online. Students who are near graduation should follow the Graduate School's graduation procedures.

Where do I go for more information on courses for no-credit?

Individuals or companies may purchase a distance education course from our courses for purchase list for personal use or training purposes, contact us to learn more. Individuals may also take a distance education course through the Graduate School for no credit. Follow the same enrollment process for credit-based courses. Tuition still applies for no-credit courses. For individuals who want to attend class on campus, follow the instructions on the main campus Registrar's page

What do I do if I need to take a semester off?

Degree-seeking graduate students must apply for a leave of absence if they withdraw from or do not enroll in classes for a fall or spring semester. Graduate students who do not apply for a leave of absence will be discontinued and must reapply to the university in order to return.