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Admissions and Application

How to Apply

Application Deadline:

MS Domestic Applicants: May 1
Certificate Domestic Applicants: June 1
International Applicants: April 15

To apply for admission applicants must submit the following:

  1. Online Graduate School application
    1. Personal Statement: A one-page personal statement describing the applicant’s career goals and purpose for studying palliative care.
    2. Resume: The applicant’s current resume or curriculum vitae, including professional work/practice since graduating with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
    3. Educational Goals statement.
    4. Two recommendations: to be completed by people who know your professional, academic and/or personal achievements or qualities well. As such, references must be from professional contacts, such as employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors, or professional colleagues. References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted.
  2. Licenses and Certificates: A notarized copy of the applicant’s current professional license and a copy of the photo identification used in the license notary process or online verification of the applicant’s current professional license. (Biomedical Track only)
  3. Driver’s License: A copy of the applicant's driver's license or state-issued ID.
  4. Application Fee: A nonrefundable application fee of $100.00 (U.S. dollars). Checks or money orders should be made out to the University of Colorado.
  5. Interview: After the application is complete a telephone or video interview will be arranged with the applicant and two faculty members. This interview will afford the program the opportunity to understand the needs of the applicant and for the candidate to ask questions. The interview process is designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the profession, communication, and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the interview process.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and/or universities should be sent directly to:

    University of Colorado Denver Graduate Admissions
    Campus Box 163
    PO Box 173364
    Denver, CO 80217-3364

    Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:

International Applicants

International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and also must provide:

  1. Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or the equivalent as evaluated by the CU Denver Office of International Affairs;
  2. Financial and other documents as required by the International Student and Scholar Services Office to process immigration documents (these will);
  3. A certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English, and
  4. Evidence of proficiency in English. This is established through either the TOEFL or IELTS tests or through obtaining a post-secondary degree from an institution for which the primary language of instruction is English, as noted on an official transcript or an official letter from the university.

    Score requirements

    • TOEFL – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 83 on the internet-based TOEFL exam with 26 on the spoken English section.
    • IELTS – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score 6.5 on IELTS with minimum subscores as follows:
      Reading – 5.5
      Writing – 5.5
      Speaking – 5.5
      Listening – 5.5

Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the application deadline date. Scores need to be sent directly to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School at the address listed above.

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