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University of Colorado Denver

National Center for Media Forensics
 

NCMF Master’s of Science in Recording Arts Degree emphasis in Media Forensics

Application Components - Domestic Students


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NCMF Master of Science in Recording Arts Degree emphasis in Media Forensics


Application Components – Domestic Students

Domestic Student Application Deadline: April 1
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 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 All of these designations must be accurately included; otherwise application materials will not be received by the MSRA-MF Admissions Committee.
    • Contact the administrative manager via e-mail at leah.haloin@ucdenver.edu with notification of intent to apply. This is recommended so that application materials can be more closely tracked by the program.

Application Fee

    • ​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, verbal, and quantitative reasoning skills of candidates. This examination is offered internationally by 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 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 at www.ets.org/gre. ​   

Transcripts

    • Applicants must have two (2) official academic transcripts from each college or university attended sent directly from the issuing institution to:
               Leah Haloin
               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.

Cover Letter

    • 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.
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Resume
      • 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 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.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
      • ​Letters of recommendation are required from three (3) responsible persons that can attest to the applicant’s academic and professional accomplishment.
      • 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 message 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; 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​
      • 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.

    ​Applications which do not include all of the requirements listed above, or that include partial components are considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed.

    Contact Us
    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
    Associate Director
    jeff.smith@ucdenver.edu
    (303) 352-3585

    • Philosophy of program
    • Course content
    • Facilities
    • Equipment
    • Internships
    • Employment Opportunities
    • Industry Opportunities

    Leah Haloin
    Administrative Manager
    leah.haloin@ucdenver.edu
    (303) 352-3586

    • Applications and application process
    • Application deadlines
    • Admissions requirements
    • Administrative questions
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