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Frequently Asked Questions

Dissection Team, 1st Year MSMHA Students

 Application and Admissions


 When is the application deadline?

For those wishing to matriculate in Fall 2020, the Priority Deadline is March 1, 2020, and the Second Application Deadline is May 1, 2020.1

 What entrance exam(s) do you accept?

The MSMHA Admissions Committee accepts the GRE, MCAT, and DAT.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 or DAT scores?

MCAT:  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 (

DAT: You may email a copy of your DAT scores directly to Jennifer Thurston.

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

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

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

The averages reported below are from applicants who applied for Fall 2017 entrance in the MSMHA program.  Please keep in mind that these averages are based on all applicants (not solely those accepted into the program).

Average GPA of all applicants:  3.2
Average GRE of all applicants:  152-V, 152-Q, 4.0-A
Average MCAT of all applicants:  126-CPF, 126-CAR, 126-BBF, 126-PSB

Due to a low sample size, we do not have an average DAT.

 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?

Our application system provides an opportunity to invite referees to submit recommendations electronically, which is highly encouraged.  However, recommendations may also be emailed directly to the Program Administrator:​​​​11

 To which address should transcripts be mailed?

Jennifer Thu​rston
Mail Code F435, Room N5202A
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO  80045

 How do admissions interviews work?

The ​Admissions Committee extends interview invitations around the last week of 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  (2-3)​, 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 and second weeks 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​

 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.  

The Admissions Committee will conviene approximately 2 weeks after the admissions deadline, to allow for supporting application materials to arrive.  If all application materials have not been received by that date, the application will be reviewed "as is." 

 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, students from a variety of academic majors have successfully completed the program. However, we recommend students have some background in general science coursework, which in past student cohorts shows a strong association with the likelihood of success in first-year coursework.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.


 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

 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 or in the School of Dental Medicine's gross anatomy course. 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 are required to take ANAT 6412, Foundations of Teaching, 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.​


 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 $749 per credit for Colorado residents, $1211 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 does not have a program-specific fee.   

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.​

 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.​ ​​​​​


 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.​

 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 CU Anschutz Medical Campus located?

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus (CU-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 CU 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.​   


 Do you have dorms on campus?

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