NCMF Master of Science in Recording Arts Degree emphasis in Media Forensics
Application Components – Domestic Students
Domestic Student Application Deadline: April 1, 2014
Program accepts students in Fall only.
Graduate Application for Admission
- Students are required to complete the online Graduate Application for Admission.
- Program of Study – On the online application, Career is Graduate, Campus is Downtown Campus, Program is College of Arts & Media GRAD, and Field of Study is Recording Arts or Media Forensics. Make sure to include all of these designations; otherwise application materials will not be received by the MSRA-MF Admissions Committee.
- It is recommended to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with notification of intent to apply. This way, 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 Educational Testing Service assists in evaluating applicants to the degree program. It evaluates the analytical writing, and verbal and quantitative reasoning skills of candidates. This examination is offered internationally by Educational Testing Service on a continuous schedule. There is no minimum score required for admission, as each student’s score will be evaluated as a portion of the complete application. This examination is not intended to exclude any applicant from the degree program.
- 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 here.
- 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.
- 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 program
- Research interests
- The cover letter must be typed.
- The cover letter should be uploaded in the online application.
- Students are required to submit a typed 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 chronologic, 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.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Letters of recommendation from three (3) responsible persons that can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional accomplishment are required.
- The applicant must submit the names and e-mail addresses of all three recommenders in the online Graduate Application for Admission. Once the full application package is submitted, an e-mail will automatically be generated to the three recommenders 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 recommenders time to submit their recommendations prior to the deadline.
- All three (3) recommenders must complete their letters of recommendation by doing both of the following:
- Online Recommendation Form: This is an online multiple-choice form where the recommender will be asked to evaluate certain indicators of success for the applicant.
- Personal Letter: This should be a formal, narrative latter uploaded by the recommender via the online recommendation form.
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommender online; they cannot be submitted from the applicant.
- Incomplete letters of recommendation will not be considered, and the application will not be reviewed.
Two (2) Technical Writing Samples
Applications which do not include all of the requirements listed above, or that include partial components are considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed.
- The applicant is to provide two (2) samples of material authored by the applicant displaying scientific/non-fictional writing skills. 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.
Contact UsStudents 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
- Employment Opportunities
- Industry Opportunities
- Applications and application process
- Application deadlines
- Admissions requirements
- Administrative questions