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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions and answers for prospective students wanting to find information about applying to the Master of Humanities or Master of Social Science Program.

 

 Application FAQ

 

 WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SUBMIT FOR AN APPLICATION?

Graduate Admission Application, $50 non-reimbursable application fee made out to University of Colorado Denver, three (3) letters of recommendation (at least two from academic sources, i.e., past professors), two (2) copies of official transcripts from each institution of higher learning attended, including foreign, writing sample, and letter of intent/statement of purpose. Link to online application system: http://www.ucdenver.edu/admissions/masters/Pages/index.aspx​​​​​​​​

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 WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION DEADLINES?

October 15 (for spring enrollment)
May 15 (for fall enrollment)
March 15 (for summer enrollment) ​​​

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 CAN I APPLY IF I HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR A WHILE?

Yes, we encourage students who have not been in school for a while to apply. However, we understand these perspective students may have trouble obtaining letters of recommendation. In such cases, we suggest students take one or two graduate level courses at UCD as a non-degree seeking student prior to submitting an application. If the student does well, professors for these courses can provide recommendations and these courses may later be applied as credit towards a student’s degree if accepted into the program. With the consent of the program director, a total of twelve (12) credit hours taken as a non-degree student or in another accredited graduate program may be applied towards a student’s degree. The following courses are recommended to students seeking coursework as a non-degree student. Any of these can apply to either program. Taking a core course for the program to which you apply is recommended.
HUM 5025: Methods and Texts of the Humanities (Offered Fall only; core MH class)
SSC 5020: Elements of Social Thought (Offered Fall only; core MSS class)
SSC 5013: Philosophical Problems in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Offered Spring only; core MSS class) ​​​​

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 DOES THE PROGRAM REQUIRE GRE SCORES?

No, the GRE is not required for the program.​​​

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 WHY DO TWO (2) OF THE LETTERS NEED TO BE ACADEMIC?

Admission into the Master of Humanities/Master of Social Science programs is granted on a competitive basis. Academic letters of recommendation ideally detail a student’s ability to do sophisticated academic work and allow the application committee to see evidence on how well a student can handle rigorous course work.​​​

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 IF I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, HOW DO I APPLY TO THE MHMSS PROGRAM?

Information on how to apply to the MHMSS program for International students can be found at:
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/InternationalPrograms/OIA/admissions/Pages/default.aspx
Students who apply to the MHMSS program should plan to have all their paperwork into the MHMSS office by the deadline. Application materials can be sent to the program office directly, or to the International Admissions office. (If students choose to send their application to the MHMSS office directly, the MHMSS office will send all their documents to the International Office for translation). The application fee is non-refundable and for International students, it is $75.00. ​​​​​

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 Admission FAQ

 

 HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AFTER THE DEADLINE BEFORE I RECEIVE NOTIFICATION ON WHETHER I WAS ACCEPTED TO THE PROGRAM OR NOT?

A decision about applications will be made within 4-6 weeks after the deadline. Student will receive a letter from the program indicating their status. The letter will contain other relevant information, such as the name of the student’s program advisor. Application materials are sent to Admissions for further processing which can take up to four (4) weeks. Once Admissions has processed the paperwork, a student will receive a packet of information with student identification numbers, pin, and a letter describing how to register for classes and other pertinent information.​

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 IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM, WHEN WOULD BE THE BEST TIME FOR ME TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY ADVISOR?

During the registration period would be the best time for students to meet with their advisor. Office hours may change semester to semester therefore students should check the program website home page to see what their advisor’s office hours are. Students can contact their advisor by phone or email to set up an appointment, or the student can come into the office during walk-in office hours. Faculty contact information is located on the home page.​

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 IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM PROVISIONALLY, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

If a student has been accepted provisionally, it means that the application committee has decided that a student has the potential for success, but further evidence of a student’s ability to perform in academically rigorous courses is required. Provisional status allows the program advisors to track a student’s progress during his or her first year in the program.​

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 HOW CAN I GET MY DEGREE STATUS CHANGED FROM PROVISIONAL TO REGULAR DEGREE STATUS?

Students admitted provisionally in either program must complete a certain number of graduate level courses towards the degree within one academic year (12 consecutive months) and must receive a B+ or higher in each course. For a Master of Social Science student, courses typically include SSCI 5020: Elements of Social Thought to be taken in the fall; and SSCI 5013: Philosophical Problems in Social Science and Humanities offered in the spring. For Master of Humanities students, courses typically include HUMN 5025: Methods and Texts in Humanities taken in the fall; and HUMN 5013: Philosophical Problems in Social Science and Humanities offered in the spring. Once a student has met this requirement, the student should notify their advisor who will in turn re-submit the student’s file to the Graduate School for transfer to regular degree status. If the student’s status has not been changed within one academic year, subsequent courses may not be accepted as credit towards the degree. Also, if a student discontinues taking courses for more than one year (12 consecutive months), a student will lose their student status and will have to re-apply to the program.​

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 HOW CAN TRANSFER CREDITS FROM GRADUATE PROGRAMS OUTSIDE UCD?

Yes, students can transfer up to 12 credits with program advisor approval. To transfer course credit from a non-CU Institution, a Request for Transfer of Credit form is completed, signed by the student’s program advisor, and sent to the CLAS Dean’s Office for approval and forwarding to the Records Office. This form must also be accompanied by an official transcript from the transferring institution. (NOTE: Courses taken at UC-Denver or other CU campuses do not require the transfer form and official transcript to be transferred to the student’s program, since they already appear on the CU transcript.)​

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 WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AND I HAVE TAKEN TIME OFF?

Before a student decides to take time off, it is recommended that the student meet with their advisor to discuss why. The student should send a letter notifying the program of his/her intentions. The MHMSS office will make a note of the change in the student’s file. If the student re-applies to the program after one year has passed, the student will only need to submit a new Graduate Admission Application form and $50 non-refundable application fee unless a student has taken classes elsewhere in which case, they will need to submit two (2) copies of official transcripts. If a student has been out of school for four (4) years or more, a complete application is required.​

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 WHAT WOULD I NEED TO DO IF I DECIDED TO SWITCH TO THE MHMSS PROGRAM FROM ANOTHER MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER?

The student must submit a full MHMSS application, but may transfer portions of the application file from their original program, such as transcripts or letters of recommendation if appropriate. Often coursework done in another graduate program at UCD can be used toward the MH or MSS degree. Check with a program advisor to see what coursework might be approved towards the MHMSS degree.​

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 Miscellaneous FAQ

 

 WHAT FORM IS NEEDED TO ADD OR DROP A COURSE

Fill out a UCD Schedule Adjustment Form, available on the UCD’s office of the Registrar’s website:
http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/registrar/Documents/RegistrarForms/DDC/Schedule_Adjustment_Form.pdf.
Deadlines to add/drop course/s change each semester. If a student wants to add a full-semester course and they miss the deadline, the student will need the instructor’s and dean’s signatures on a Schedule Adjustment form. If the student misses the deadlines to drop full-semester with tuition adjustment, or withdraw from the semester without a charge, they will pay a drop charge for every course dropped, but can get a tuition refund up until the date given by the CLAS Dean’s office. ​​

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 ARE THERE ANY TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MASTER OF HUMANITIES/MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE PROGRAM?

Not at this time.​​​

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 DOES THE MASTER OF HUMANITIES/MASTER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE PROGRAM OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?

The MHMSS program does not offer scholarships at this time. However, from time to time the program may sponsor a student or assist a student with expenses if a student’s paper has been chosen for presentation at a conference or in other instances where a student has demonstrated success. Please see the following website for further scholarship information: http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/Scholarships/Pages/default.aspx​​

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 Graduation FAQ

 

 I'M SUBMITTING A THESIS. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

All theses must be submitted to the Graduate School for format review (See deadlines at http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Programs/HumanitiesSocialSciences/mhmssforms/Documents/Deadlines%202013-2014.pdf). For the review, submit an unbound draft of at least 2/3 of the thesis to the Graduate School Office, 1380 Lawrence St., Suite 1251. For further information call 303-315-2183. The student will receive a list of format revisions that must be made before the final copy is submitted. The student will also be working with their graduate advisor/committee to make content revisions prior to submitting the final copy.
The student may download, UCD’s Guidelines for Preparing Masters’ and Doctoral Theses (dated 2008), at:
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/current-students/graduate/Policies/Thesis Guide.pdf​​​

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 I'M PLANNING TO GRADUATE THIS SEMESTER. WHAT FORMS DO I NEED, WHERE CAN I GET THEM, AND WHERE ARE THEY TURNED IN?

Before you graduate, set up a time to meet with your MHMSS advisor about these forms. All forms can be found at the UCD Graduate School Website, or from the MHMSS Offices. ​​

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 ON THE INTENT TO GRADUATE, WHAT IS MY DEGREE AND MAJOR CODE?

All forms can be found at the following website:
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/current-students/graduate/thesis-graduation/Pages/forms.aspx
When you open the link, all the forms that must be submitted in chronological order including the signatures required and the deadlines are listed here.
ON THE INTENT TO GRADUATE, WHAT IS MY DEGREE AND MAJOR CODE?
Following is a list of all degrees with major codes. Option codes are also available for some programs, and are listed next to major codes below Students choose College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and their degree level in the pulldown menus; then they’ll have to type in their Major code in the box. Currently, the graduate school is asking students to put the option codes in the Minor box. Also, the student needs to make sure their name is entered as they’d like it to appear on their diploma (with a period after any initials), and where the student would like their diploma mailed. The student should print it for your records before submitting, and then they’ll get a confirmation that it has been submitted.

Department Degree Major Option Codes
Humanities M.H.​​ HUMN
Social
Scie​nces
M.S.S. SOCS CHS (Community Health Science), IST (International Studies), SEN (Society and Environment),
WGS (Women’s & Gender Studies), SJS (Social Justice)
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 HOW DO I FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FOR CANDIDACY?

This four-page form is used to list all the credits (courses, thesis/project, independent study/internship, and transfer) a student wishes to apply toward their degree plan, which is then signed by their graduate advisor, department chair/program director, and the student. The student needs to fill out the form as completely as possible, including: instructor's name, course title/number, semester taken and grade received for every credit and bring a copy of their transcript when they bring the form to their program.

If a student takes longer than five years to complete their degree, their graduate advisor must write a memo addressed to the CLAS Graduate Dean indicating why the student’s degree progress was interrupted and asking for an extension of this time limit for a stated amount of time (usually one year).

Students who want to include a course taken more than 7 years prior to their graduating semester must have the course validated by the instructor or by arrangement with their graduate advisor. Use the Course Validation Form and forward to the CLAS Dean's Office.

Please note:
If a student has signed up for thesis or project hours in previous semesters, they need to be sure to have their chair change all IP (in progress) grades from the previous semester to a final letter grade when they have completed the work and are approved for the degree.​​

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 DO I NEED TO BE REGISTERED IN THE SEMESTER I AM DOING ORAL EXAM/DEFENSE?

A student MUST be registered for the semester in which they defend the thesis or project. If the student is not taking a class or registered for thesis or project credit (e.g., they’ve used up all their hours), they will need to sign up for Candidate for Degree. Candidate for Degree (CAND 5940) is available to students who have completed all required courses and requirements but who have yet to take their orals or defense. For further information see your program advisor. The student is charged for one credit hour of tuition, but earns 0 credits, and also pays the Information Technology and Student Information System (SIS) fees when signing up for CAND.

All students MUST pay a $200 deposit or present proof of financial aid prior to registering, even if just for Candidate for Degree. This deposit is applied to the tuition fee.​​

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 WHAT IF I ALREADY PASSED MY ORAL DEFENSE AND AM JUST FINISHING THE FINAL VERSION OF MY THESIS?

A student does not have to register for any credits if they’ve completed all the requirements for their degree, passed their exam or defended their thesis or project, and has passed the exam, they have 60 days to complete the revisions. No grade is awarded for the work until the final thesis or project is turned in.​​

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 HOW DO I FILL OUT THE REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FORM?

A student fills out the Request for Examination form, in consultation with their committee members in order to set the date of the exam. The student needs to list all members of their committee and indicate the committee chair. A student should plan to schedule the exam prior to the CLAS deadline for the semester in which they are planning to graduate so that any revisions required by the committee can be completed by the end of the semester. It's advisable to have the student’s advisor/committee chair initial the date of exam, since no signature line is included.​​

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 WHAT FORM IS NEEDED TO REGISTER FOR THESIS, PROJECT, OR INDEPENDENT STUDY CREDITS?

Use the UC-Denver Special Processing Form, available in the program office (among other places) and downloadable from the CLAS Graduate Advising website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/student-services/resources/registrar/Documents/RegistrarForms/DDC/Special_Processing_Form.pdf. This form is also needed to register for Candidate for Degree when the online registration deadline has passed. Instructor/graduate advisor and dean's signature approvals are required. Students can go to the CLAS Dean’s Office for the signature of the CLAS Graduate Associate Dean. The CLAS Dean's Office will keep the original of the form to process a student’s registration, and then send an e-mail to the student’s UC Denver student e-mail address detailing the procedure for adding this registration to your schedule. ​​​

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