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University of Colorado Denver Business School, offering Bachelor, MBA, MS, and PhD degrees

Business School, University of Colorado Denver

Admissions | PhD Computer Science and Information Systems

You may apply to either the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department or the Business School (BUS) for the PhD program.

Generally students with a computer science background should apply through the CSE department and students with an information systems background should apply through the Business School.

If you are unsure about where to apply, you may contact the program co-directors, Professor Mannino in The Business School and Professor Alaghband in the CSE Department to discuss your situation.​

Business School Application Notes

Applications to the business part of the CSIS program are reviewed beginning in March for fall enrollment. Your application should be complete by early March for best chances of admission. Your application should include a standardized test score (either GMAT or GRE), transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay question answers, resume, and application form.

The minimum standardized test scores are in the 40th percentile for each part and in at least the 60th percentile for one part. Successful applicants typically score in the 80th percentile for at least one part. Applications with high scores in one part and somewhat low scores in the other part (below minimum) may be considered.

The standardized test score can be waived for applicants with a medical, law, or research doctorate degree. If you do not have one of these degrees, a waiver may be granted for applicants with a published paper in a reputable information systems journal. Scores older than 5 years may be accepted if the applicant can produce a reputable copy of the test results.

Domestic Applicants

If you are a domestic student (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident):​

Please submit supporting application materials to the following mailing address: 

  • By Air Mail:   
    University of Colorado Denver, Business School 
    Campus Box 165, 
  • P.O. Box 173364, 
    Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA
  • By Courier:
    University of Colorado Denver, Business School
    1475 Lawrence St.
    Denver, C0, 80202, USA

If you have any questions, please call us Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm (MST) at 303-315-8200 or e-mail us at

Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents.

International Applicants

If you are an international​ student:

Please submit supporting application materials to the following mailing address:

  • By Air M​ail:
    University of Colorado Denver Business School
    Campus Box 165,
    P.O. Box 173364,
    Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA
  • By Cou​rier:
    University of Colorado Denver, Business School
    1250 14th Street, Room 277,
    Denver, CO 80202, USA

If you have any questions, please call us Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm (MST) at 303-315-8200 or e-mail us at Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents.

Additional useful information for international applicants

All international students must arrange to meet their financial needs for the full period of study before leaving their home country. Proof of availability of funds is required before final admission is granted and before a Certificate of Eligibility to register is issued. You are expected to meet all financial obligations when due. Students with outstanding debts will be dismissed from the University.

​Financial Assistance 

Applicants should be prepared to meet their own expenses. The University of Colorado Denver does not have funds for full scholarships or fellowships for international students. Those who achieve a cumulative grade point average in the top 10 percent of the Business School may qualify for the Dean’s Scholarship, a small annual stipend awarded for academic excellence. The Business School offers a limited number of graduate assistantships that average 8 to 10 hours per week. The faculty usually considers international students for assistantships in their second semester.

Health​ Insurance

All international students at the University of Colorado Denver are required to carry adequate health insurance to cover any medical expenses that may be incurred during their stay in Denver. The University of Colorado Denver participates in a reasonably priced group health insurance policy. You will be billed for medical insurance coverage with your tuition and other fees unless you can demonstrate that you have an adequate insurance policy from another source. For further information about student health insurance, you may call the Student Health Insurance Office at (303)556-6273.


The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) does not permit students on an F-1 Visa to accept employment except under special circumstances. International students are not permitted to work during their first year at the University except for on-campus employment. After successful completion of one academic year, students may apply to the INS for permission to accept off-campus employment if there has been an unexpected change in financial circumstances. If the student is granted permission by the INS to accept employment, he/she must continue to carry a full-time program of study. Foreign students are not able to support themselves completely with part-time work. For more information, contact the University’s Office of International Education at (303)315-2230 or by e-mail at:


The University of Colorado Denver has no on or off-campus housing. Rental housing is available in neighborhoods near campus and throughout the greater Denver area. Rents are approximately US $600-$800 per month for an apartment. This amount will vary depending on the type of apartment you choose and whether or not you share living accommodations. For more information, contact the University’s Office of International Education at (303)315-2230 or by e-mail at:

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Application Materials

Please submit the following complete materials for application to the PhD Program in CSIS:

  • Non-Refundable Application Fee — $50.00 for domestic (inside the United States) or $75.00 for international students.
  • Cover checklist
  • Application for Graduate Admission Part I
  • Application for Graduate Admission Part II
  • Essays — submit answers to all questions.
  • Resume — should outline your education and work experience.
  • Test Scores: GRE
    • Strong candidates will have verbal plus quantitative scores exceeding 1200, a minimum GRE score of 1000 Verbal + Math, and 3.0 Written is required.
  • For international students, proof of English proficiency is required. This requirement can be satisfied by submitting (TOEFL) exam with score above 525 (paper) or 192 (computer) or 71 (internet based); or (IELTS) with a score of 6.0. Applicants whose native language is not English are not required to take the TOEFL test if they have completed a baccalaureate or graduate-level degree program at an English-speaking college or university or have completed at least 2 semesters at a college or university in the United States as a full-time student and obtained a “B” average (3.0 GPA) or higher.
  • Transcripts
    • Arrange to have two copies of official transcripts mailed directly to the address of the department from each college or university attended.
    • We must receive transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if transfer credit was applied elsewhere with grades posted on another transcript.
    • Applications missing transcripts will not be processed.
    • Unofficial transcripts, photocopies or transcripts stamped “Issued To Student” are not acceptable.
    • Please take into consideration that transcripts may take two to three weeks to reach our office, (transcripts from international institutions may take longer), so order these as early as possible. Any missing transcripts will delay application processing.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required and please send the letters independently of the application.
All application materials should be sent to:

University of Colorado Denver
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Campus Box 109
Denver, Colorado 80217- 3364

Contact information:

Phone (303)556-4083
Fax (303)556-8369


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