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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Admissions Requirements

Requirements and Materials Needed to Apply

Master's Requirements

The following requirements/materials are required for a complete application. Admissions decisions will be made after each deadline, following a faculty review. All materials submitted become the property of the University of Colorado College of Nursing.


  1. An undergraduate nursing degree from a CCNE or ACEN (formally NLNAC) accredited school or university.*
  2. One copy of the official transcript from each college or university ever attended.
  3. Four (4) letters of reference - at least one academic reference is strongly recommended.
  4. Completion of a nursing research course, at an institution that is regionally accredited, with a grade of C or better.
  5. Completion of a statistics course, at an institution that is regionally accredited, with a grade of C or better.
  6. Copy of current and unencumbered nursing license.
    • Out-of-state applicants must submit a copy of their current and unencumbered nursing license and must obtain a current Colorado nursing license prior to starting their program of study if doing clinical course work in Colorado.
    • For more information contact:
      Colorado State Board of Nursing
      1560 Broadway, Suite 670
      Denver, CO 80202
  7. The GRE and/or (12) credits of graduate level coursework at a 3.0 or higher is required by the Graduate School for those applicants whose undergraduate degree GPA is less than 3.0. The official GRE score and/or graduate coursework must be completed prior to the application deadline.
  8. Applicant Interview Day - MS, MS/DNP, and DNP Spring 2016 Applicant Interview Day is planned for August 28, 2015.  Additional information will be forthcoming for applicants to the programs that participate in Interview Day. Please ensure that you plan accordingly.
* Individuals applying to the Informatics and iLEAD options are not required to have a BSN degree. They may have a BA or BS degree in another field.

International Students

  1. In addition to the standard admission requirements, international applicants must submit the following:
    • A copy of your current passport.
    • Financial statement for international applicants. Call 303-315-2230 for more information.
  2. For all applicants with educational coursework from a country other than the U.S.:
    • A course-by-course evaluation will be performed by the College of Nursing through the Office of International Affairs. Applicant needs to request official transcripts to be sent directly to the College of Nursing.

Transcript Requirements​

  • One copy of your official transcripts from each college or university attended needs to be submitted.
  • You will want to have transcripts submitted to the College of Nursing by the application deadline. 
  • To be considered "official", transcripts need to be sent (mailed or emailed) directly from the institution.


Mailing address for Transcripts:

College of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs & Diversity
13120 E 19th Avenue, C288-6
Aurora, CO 80045  
If your primary language is not English, or if you are an International Student, you will need to demonstrate required English language proficiency by meeting one of the following criteria:
1.     You are a citizen of a country whose official language is English including Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
2.     You have obtained a total score of at least 560 on the paper-based TOEFL and 50 or above on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); a score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL with 26 or above on the spoken English section. For other minimum subscores see
The College of Nursing TOEFL Exam Code is 3377. Be sure to use this code when registering for the exam to ensure that we will receive the results
3.     You have obtained a total score of 6.5 on IELTS with minimum subscores as follows:
·       Reading – Minim score of 5.5
·       Writing – Minimum score of 5.5
·       Speaking – Minimum score of 5.5
·       Listening – Minimum score of 5.5
Official IELTS scores must be sent directly to the College of Nursing
4.     You have graduated from the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
5.     You have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
6.     You have earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. or you have successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the U.S., or you have completed the GTPathways core at a Colorado Community College where you were deemed to have the required English language proficiency.
7.     You have graduated from and completed one year of secondary school in the US that included at least one unit of college preparatory English.