Application Components – Domestic Students
Domestic Student Application Deadline: April 1
Recommended Materials Completion Date: March 1
Program accepts students in Fall only.
Graduate Application for Admission
- Students are required to complete the Graduate Application for Admission.
- Program of Study – On the online application, Career field should be selected as Graduate, Campus as Downtown Campus, Program as College of Arts & Media GRAD, and Field of Study as Recording Arts or Media Forensics.
of these designations must be accurately included; otherwise application materials
will not be received by the MSRA-MF Admissions Committee.
the administrative manager via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with notification of
intent to apply. This is recommended so that application materials can be more
closely tracked by the program.
- Domestic applicant non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
- Fee must be paid in U.S. dollars, via the online Graduate Application for Admission.
Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores
- Applicants to the MSRA-MF degree program must submit scores from the GRE test dated within the past five years. The “General Test” offered
by the Educational Testing Service assists in evaluating the analytical writing, verbal, and quantitative reasoning skills of applicants to the degree
program. This examination is offered internationally by the
Educational Testing Service on a continuous schedule. No minimum score is required
for admission, as each student’s score will be evaluated as a portion of the
- Scores must be received by the application deadline; therefore students should plan accordingly when scheduling their testing date. Late GRE scores are not accepted, and these applications will not be reviewed.
- The institution code for the University of Colorado Denver where scores should be sent is: 4875. There is no department code for the program.
- Information on the GRE can be obtained at
- Applicants must have two (2) official academic transcripts from each college or university attended sent directly from the issuing institution to:
MSRA-MF Graduate Admissions Committee
National Center for Media Forensics
Campus Box 154
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
- While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance and whether or not courses were completed.
- Official transcripts exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar and arrive in an envelope sealed by the institution.
- Transcripts that are marked “student copy” or “unofficial” are not accepted as official and cannot be used in the admission decision.
- Applicants must submit a cover letter detailing the following:
- Professional/educational background
- Reason for wanting to participate in the program
- Research interests
- The cover letter should be uploaded in the online application.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Students are required to submit a resume as it relates to the field of forensic science. The resume must include educational background, work experience, and relevant skills. Students are also welcome to include any published works, scholarly/creative work, exhibitions, awards, or other relevant achievements.
- The resume should be chronological, beginning with educational background and progressing to employment history. Please refrain from “functional” resumes, or those that simply summarize qualities or competencies.
- The resume should be uploaded in the online application.
Two (2) Technical Writing Samples
- Letters of recommendation are required from three (3) responsible persons that can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional accomplishments.
- The names
and e-mail addresses of all three reference providers must be included in the
online Graduate Application for Admission. Once the full application package is
submitted, an e-mail will automatically be sent to the three reference
providers with a secure link to the online recommendation form and letter
upload tool. Applicants are advised to submit the online application early
enough to allow each reference provider time to submit the online form and
letter prior to the deadline.
- All three (3) reference providers must complete their letters of recommendation by doing both of the following:
- Online Recommendation Form: This is an online multiple-choice form where the reference provider will be asked to evaluate certain indicators of success for the applicant.
- Personal Letter: This should be a formal, narrative latter uploaded by the reference provider via the online recommendation form.
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted online directly from by each of the reference providers; letters cannot be submitted by the applicant.
- Incomplete letters of recommendation will not be considered, and the application will not be reviewed.
Applications that do not include all of the requirements listed above, or that include partial components, are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
- Two (2) samples of written material authored by the applicant
displaying scientific/non-fictional writing skills are required. These could be
undergraduate research papers, published or unpublished articles, grant
proposals, prepared reports or affidavits, etc.
- Each writing sample should be 1,000 words or more.
- The technical writing samples should be uploaded in the online application.
Students are encouraged to contact us for advising on any questions they may have about the MSRA-MF program. Below are the main contacts, and the types of questions they typically address:
Jeff M. Smith
- Philosophy of program
- Course content
- Facilities and equipment
- Employment opportunities
- Industry opportunities
- Applications and application process
- Application deadlines
- Admissions requirements
- Administrative questions