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Frequently Asked Questions


Dissection Team, 1st Year MSMHA Students
 

 Application and Admissions

 

 When is the application deadline?

The Primary application deadline is March 15th, the Secondary application deadline is May 1st.​​1

 Why does the MSMHA program have 2 application deadlines?

​The MSMHA program has a limited number of positions available each Fall.  We encourage all interested students to apply in time for the Priority deadline of March 15th.  However, we realize that some students may not be able to apply by that date, and if positions in the program are still available, we offer a Secondary application deadline of May 1.​​2

 Do you require the GRE or the MCAT?

Yes, without preference.3

 How do I submit my GRE scores?

Please l​ogin to the ETS website and request for your scores to be sent to the University of Colorado Denver, school code:  4875​​4

 How do I submit my MCAT scores?

You may request a Score Report from the MCAT THx System​.  Then simply email a copy of the Score Report to the Program Administrator, Jennifer Thurston (jennifer.thurston@ucdenver.edu).5

 What is the minimum GRE/MCAT score that you accept?

​The MSMHA program and the Graduate School do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE or the MCAT.  6

 What is the average GPA, GRE and MCAT scores of your applicants?

The MSMHA program was launched in the Summer of 2012, and the second cohort of students will be entering the program Fall 2013.  Please keep in mind that these averages are based on all applicants (not solely those accepted into the program), and represent a very small sample size.

Average GPA of all applicants:  3.15
Average GRE of all applicants:  151-V, 151-Q, 3.9-A
Average MCAT of all applicants:  9-VR, 9-PS, 9-BS
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 Do you accept Committee Letters instead of 3 separate letters of recommendation?

Yes, ​we do accept Committee Letters.  Please have the letters sent directly to the Program Administrator, Jennifer Thurston, via regular mail or email.​​​9

 Do you accept electronic transcripts?

​Yes, provided the transcripts are official and sent by the Registrar of the respective college or university.10

 Where should letters of recommendation be sent?

​The moment an application is submitted, the referees listed on the application will be emailed an invitation to submit a recommendation letter.  They are encouraged to submit the recommendations electronically.  However, recommendations may also be emailed directly to the Program Administrator:  jennifer.thurston@ucdenver.edu.​​11

 To which address should transcripts be mailed?

Jennifer Thu​rston
Mail Code F435
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO  80045
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 How do admissions interviews work?

The ​Admissions Committee extends interview invitations around the 3rd week in March to those applicants believed to be a strong match for the MSMHA program.  Invited applicants are encouraged to interview on campus, however faculty are  happy to interview via Skype if visiting campus is not a viable option.   Applicants who are able to visit campus have one interview with a small group of faculty members  (3-4)​, and have the opportunity to meet current students and tour the campus.   Again, an on-campus interview is not required for admission.​​​​12

 Generally, when do Priority interviews take place?

Around the fir​st week in April.​​​​16

 What are some important areas that interviewers will consider?

​- Rationale for participating in the MSMHA program
Strength of communication skills
Ability to work as a team member
Technology skills and desire to add new ones​
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 If I don’t have an extensive technology background, will that hurt my candidacy?

No.  The program’s desire is to help students build that background.  A strong interest in learning new technology is important.​​​​18

 What if I am unable to submit all of my application materials prior to the deadline?

If admission materials are missing (for example, only 2 recommendation letters have been received, or only an unofficial GRE score has been reported), you will be notified of the missing materials by the Program Administrator prior to the Admissions Committee's review of your application.  

For the Primary deadline, you will have the option of having your application materials reviewed "as is," or you may choose to be considered for the Secondary deadline.  

For the Secondary deadline, the only option is to have your application file reviewed "as is."  Missing application materials can negatively impact the review by the Admissions Committee, as the Committee may not have sufficient information to make an admissions decision.  It is strongly recommended that all materials are received prior to the respective application deadline.​​​​
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 Do you accept students who wish to start the Spring or Summer semester?

​No.  Due to the very structured nature of the 1st year curriculum, students may only matriculate in the Fall semester.​​​15

 Do you have to have a bachelor's degree in biology to be accepted?

​No, in fact we encourage those with academic majors outside of biological sciences to apply, as it adds diversity and differing expertise to our program.  We only ask that the program prerequisites are met.​​​​8


 

 MSMHA Degree Program (General)

 

 How long does it take to complete the requirements of the MSMHA degree?

The MSMHA degree is considered a 2-year program (21 months if a student completes the requirements according to the Curriculum Map on our website).​  Students must take and complete the 43 credit hours of the program in order to receive the Master of Science degree.​1

 Is it difficult to complete the degree in less than 2 years?

Yes, it would be extremely difficult to complete this rigorous curriculum in less than 2 years.  2

 Can I transfer coursework and have the course count toward the MSMHA degree requirements?

​Yes, students may transfer up to a maximum of 16 graduate-level credits into the MSMHA program.  The courses being considered for transfer credit must meet the following conditions:
- the course must be from an accredited college/university,
- a letter grade was awarded for the course (no pass/fail courses may transfer)
- a grade of B- or better must have been awarded
- the course must be 5000-level or higher
- course may not be used to fulfill degree requirements for another master's degree
- the course, if taken at University of Colorado, may not be used for undergraduate degree requirements

All courses being considered for transfer must be evaluated by the Curriculum Committee to determine the transferability of the course and how the course may be applied to MSMHA curriculum requirements.
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 MSMHA Curriculum

 

 Why is the Capstone Project such a large portion of the curriculum?

Graduate level training at most institutions requires completion of a thesis or a scholarly project.  The Capstone Project suffices as the means by which students will demonstrate scholarly achievement at the end of year two of the Master’s program.  Students will develop and receive approval of a project that details specific aims, background and rationale, methods, resources and references.  Students will learn the basic principles of educational research methodology (such as how to design a survey) and the steps involved in obtaining COMIRB approval.  Students will largely work in one of three thematic areas in the anatomical sciences: general research, technology (including simulation, computer-based educational tools, imaging technology) and educational methodology.  Students are expected to invest over 320 hours in completing this work.​3

 Why are 9 credits of electives part of the curriculum?

MSMHA elective options provide an avenue for students to take courses in specific areas of interest.  The majority of elective credits are part of the second year program.  Students can take 2 elective credits in teaching toward elective credit (beyond the one credit that is required). In addition, students can take up to 6 credits of independent study, which will be counted as elective credit – possibly with a mentor or engaged in some specialized area that enhances work on the Capstone Project.  Independent study credits must be approved by the Curriculum Committee.  A number of electives are available through the Anschutz campus and  the downtown campus.  A detailed listing will be provided.​​​4

 Are there pathways through the MSMHA program for students interested in specific career goals?

As a new program, we are in the process of reviewing this option more critically.  Various tracks, such as professional school options, teaching a particular anatomical subject such as neuroanatomy, development of 3-D imaging skills, educational design, computer applications and the like may be more attractive to future applicants who are looking for some flexibility in working toward career goals and tailoring their programs accordingly.​6

 What kind of teaching will I be asked to do, and what kind of preparation will I receive in order to do well ?

A variety of choices exist for students in selecting a teaching option.  For the one credit required, the program pays for that credit of tuition as compensation for the student’s work.  Some students have chosen to teach a segment of gross anatomy in the PA/PT summer program; others have elected to teach in the medical school’s Human Body Block. It is possible to teach in the other anatomical sciences in the curriculum with course director arrangement.   A detailed list of teaching options will be provided so students can consider what fits their time schedule best and where they believe they can do the most effective job. Students will be taking a 2 credit course entitled “Teaching in a Professional Program” that will assist in gaining a foundation regarding educational methodology, however continuous study of subject matter becomes primary in ensuring a successful outcome.7

 Can I work during this program?

​Yes, you may work while completing the MSMHA curriculum, however no special accommodations can be made to provide flexibility around a work schedule. 5

 Is it possible to be a part-time student with the MSMHA curriculum?

While the MSMHA curriculum is primarily designed for full-time students, it is possible to complete the curriculum on a  part-time basis.  Students must consult with their assigned advisor to create a road-map for a plan of study to ensure proper sequencing while adhering to the course offering schedule.​

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 What is the maximum number of years someone can work on this degree ?

Master’s students, whether enrolled full time or part time have five years from matriculation to complete all degree requirements, including completion of the Capstone Project.  ​8

 Does the program require enrollment during the Summer semester?

​No, Summer semester enrollment is not required.  However, participating during the Summer semester will enable the student to graduate within 21 months of matriculation.​​2


 

 Tuition, Costs, Resources

 

 What is the tuition for the MSMHA program?

Tuition is $630 per credit for Colorado residents, $1025 per credit for non-residents.​​1

 What fees are required for participation in the program?

​The fees at the Anschutz Medical Campus are $133.00 per semester.  Included in these fees are:
Academic Services Fee:  $75.00 per semester
Activity Fee:  $20 per year
AMC RTD College Pass:  $48.35 per semester

The Modern Human Anatomy Program has a $500 Program Fee each Fall and Spring semester.  This Program Fee is used for costs associated with cadavers, anatomical specimens, course materials, and technology costs.    

Please note that matriculating students who have not previously attended a university in the CU system are required to pay a one-time $140 Matriculation Fee.​
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 Does the MSMHA Program participate in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)?

The MSMHA Program does participate in WRGP, which is a tuition-reciprocity arrangement with 15 participating states and 1 Commonwealth.  The WRGP program allows students who are residents of these participating states to pay in-state tuition for the duration of the MSMHA program.  

In addition to Colorado, the participating states include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

A limited number of WRGP slots are awarded for each incoming class of students. Those wishing to apply for WRGP status must complete the WRGP Application and submit it to the Program Administrator at the same time that the UCDenver application is submitted online.​ ​​​​​

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 Is it possible for an out-of-state student to establish Colorado residency?

​Students who are not residents of Colorado may choose to establish domicile in the state of Colorado.  Establishing domicile provides the student with an opportunity to petition for in-state tuition benefits for the 2nd year of the program. 

Establishing domicile includes such actions as obtaining a Colorado driver's license and car registration, registering to vote, and paying taxes in Colorado.  Please read How to Establish Domilcile for Tuition Purposes thoroughly for detailed information.

In order to qualify for resident tuition benefits, an individual must be domiciled in Colorado twelve (12) consecutive ​months immediately preceding the term for which resident status is claimed.​
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 Are there scholarships or stipends available to help cover the program's tuition costs?

​Most Master's programs in the United States do not have graduate stipends;  these funds are typically reserved for PhD students.  In the main, students largely fund their costs with student loans.​5


 

 Anschutz Medical Campus and Denver

 

 Where is the Anschutz Medical Campus located?

The Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) is located in Aurora, near the Denver/Aurora city borders.  AMC is located at the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Garrison​.1

 How is the Anschutz Medical Campus affiliated with CU-Denver and CU-Boulder?

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU-AMC) is a campus within the University of Colorado Denver (CU-Denver). ​​

The University of Colorado (CU) system is comprised of 4 campuses:  CU-Boulder, CU-Denver, UCCS (Colorado Springs) and CU-AMC.​   

Please note that CU-AMC is frequently referred to as AMC.
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 Do you have dorms on campus?

​The Anschutz Medical Campus primarily serves graduate students and those in professional programs - in fact, only 1 undergraduate program is housed at AMC (B.S. in Nursing).  Due to this student population, there are no dormitories at the AMC Campus.  ​3

 Where do your MSMHA students live?

Students in the MSMHA program live in many of the diverse neighborhoods in the Denver-metro area. ​For those wishing to reside next to campus, there are apartments adjacent to AMC, which are popular among students and residents.

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