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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs
 

International Applicants / Visiting Scholars


Greetings from Colorado and Welcome!

If you are an international student and are looking for a place to further your studies in Public Administration and Criminal Justice then the School of Public Affairs is for you. The University of Colorado, School of Public Affairs (SPA) is ranked in the top 12% of public affairs programs nationwide and offers comprehensive programming for public and nonprofit professionals.

Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine per year and world-class outdoor recreation and scenic wonders. The School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate degrees at  the University of Colorado Denver. Denver offers a vibrant urban setting and a regional hub for many local, state and federal agencies.

The School offers a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree along with a Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice and PhD in Public Affairs. For a full list of concentration areas at the SPA, please visit our website.

FOR Visiting Scholars

Please visit our Visiting Scholars page.

FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Please contact the UCD Office of International Admissions.

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

International students who wish to pursue graduate study at the School of Public Affairs must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, and must fulfill all other admissions requirements of the graduate program to which they are applying.

In addition, all international students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of their ability to communicate in English. Because course work at SPA often involves in-class discussion or interactive work with groups of other students, we prefer tests that indicate a student’s ability to speak and listen, rather than only reading and writing skills. Both IELTS and the TOEFL internet-based (IBT) tests test speaking and listening. We will accept TOEFL scores from the paper-based (PBT) or computer-based (CBT) exams, but we may ask for additional evidence of effective conversational skills under certain circumstances.

Test of English-as-a-foreign-language For admission to the MPA or MCJ program
IELTS* 6.5
Paper Based TOEFL 550
Computer Based TOEFL 213
Internet Based TOEFL* 79-80
*Preferred  

Beginning in the fall of 2013, applicants will be considered to have the required English language proficiency if they meet one of the following criteria:

1. The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English. These countries include Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

2. The applicant has obtained a composite score of 80 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) including obtaining minimum sub scores (see below), for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

1. Reading: Minimum score of 15

2. Listening: Minimum score of 14

3. Speaking: Minimum score of 19

4. Writing: Minimum score of 20

The applicant has obtained a composite score of 6.5 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), including obtaining minimum sub scores (see below), for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

1. Reading: Minimum score of 5.5

2. Writing: Minimum score of 5.5

3. Speaking: Minimum score of 5.5

4. Listening: Minimum score of 5.5

No sub scores should fall lower than one full point from the composite minimum required for admission. (IELTS only)

4. The applicant has graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.

5. The applicant has graduated from a foreign institution where the language of instruction for the post-secondary degree(s) was English. The applicant must provide a letter from the home institution verifying this information if the language of instruction is not clearly indicated on the official academic transcript.

6. The applicant has graduated from a US accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.

a. The applicant must provide a letter from the home institution verifying this information if the language of instruction is not clearly indicated on the official academic transcript.

7. The applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree in the US or has successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters of full-time study in English.

Similarly, some students may feel they need additional help with their English language skills. Those students also should contact Coordinator of International Student Programs at the School of Public Affairs for options to improve their English while in the USA.

In addition applicants are required to take the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an equivalent such as the GMAT or the LSAT within the last five years. Prospective international student’s with 10 or more years of professional experience may waive the GRE/GMAT/LSAT requirement.

In addition to the aptitude test and language scores, international applicants need to submit the international student application in Denver or the international application in Colorado Springs and the required supplementary documents.

Please submit an International Graduate Student Application six months prior to the term for which you are applying. Send all materials to the campus where you intend to enroll.

 

University of Colorado Denver


Office of International Affairs

University of Colorado Denver

Campus Box 167, PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


 

Background

The School of Public Affairs has between 40 and 50 International students representing 11 countries. The largest number of international students at the school currently are from the Republic of Korea, where the School of Public Affairs has several memoranda of understanding with various government units.

For more information on the School of Public Affairs you may contact:

Scott Steinbrecher
Coordinator, International Student Programs
scott.steinbrecher@ucdenver.edu

Or

Brendan Hardy
Director of Student Recruitment and Career Services
Brendan Hardy

 

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