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University of Colorado Denver

National Center for Media Forensics
 

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

Application Components - International Students


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


Application Components – International Students

(Note: International applicants are encouraged to visit the Office of International Admissions website.)

International Student Application Deadline: April 1

​Program accepts students in Fall only.


International Student Graduate Application for Admission

  • International Students are required to complete an online application at international.ucdenver.edu/admissions.
  • 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

  • International applicant non-refundable application fee of $75.00.
  • Fee must be paid in U.S. dollars, via the online International Student 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.

English Language Requirement

  • International Applicants to the MSRA-MF degree program whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of English language competency. The language requirement can be satisfied as follows:
      • Submitting TOEFL scores.
          • ​Minimum score: 75 IBT or 537 PBT.
          • Minimum subscores: Reading - 15, Listening - 15, Speaking - 18, Writing - 17.
          • The institution code for the University of Colorado Denver where scores should be sent is: 4875. There is no department code for the program.
      • Submitting IELTS scores.
          • Minimum score: 6.5.
          • Minimum subscores: Reading - 5.5, Listening - 5.5, Speaking - 5.5, Writing - 5.5.
      • Graduation from CU Denver-approved English language program with a recommendation letter from the program's director.
      • Students with a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution in the United States.
      • International students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree in the United States or completed one year of study in a Master’s program at an accredited institution in the United States may demonstrate English language competency via their transcripts from the U.S. Institution.

Transcripts

  • Applicants must provide two (2) official academic transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Foreign language transcripts must be translated word by word into English by a certified translator. The translator should not attempt to convert grades into the American system.
  • Transcripts should be uploaded in the online application.
  • Please contact the Office of International Admissions for more information.​

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.

Resume
  • ​Students are required to submit a typed​ resume as it relates to the field of forensic science. The resume must including 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 Letters (3) 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 FormThis 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 letter uploaded by the reference provider via the online recommendation form.​​​​​
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Letters of recommendation must be submitted online directly by each of the reference providers; they cannot be submitted by 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 must 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. 

    International Students must submit all application components in English, where applicable. 

    All documents should be uploaded in the online application. If these documents are being mailed to the University, please send to:

             University of Colorado Denver
             International Admissions
             Campus Box A005/1001
             P.O. Box 173364
             Denver, CO 80217-3364

             USA


    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 and equipment
    • Internships
    • Employment opportunities
    • Industry opportunities
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    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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