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$75 Non Refundable Application Fee

Acceptable methods of payment for the $75 Application Fee are: Personal check, Money order or Credit card. Credit Card payments are accepted online through the application for admission. Once the application is submitted, Money Orders or Personal Checks are the only remaining options.

Important Note: Please, do not send cash or personal credit card information in the mail.

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University Transcripts from All Universities Attended

Official transcripts are those that arrive at our office in an envelope sealed by the institution or local ministry of education. All documents must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

College/University transcripts are always required even if the applicant did not complete a degree or program at the previous institution.​​

Test Scores: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE


The CU Denver institutional code for TOEFL : 4875

Applicants will be considered to have obtained the required English language proficiency if they meet satisfactory scores (below) or one of the additional options:

​Score Requirements:


Minimum TOEFL Score Accepted: 75 IBT / 537 PBT

TOEFL Subscores
Reading 15
Listening 15
Speaking 18
Writing 17


Minimum IELTS Score Accepted: 6.5

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if an applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here. Please note that some graduate level programs will require a higher score on the TOEFL/IELTS and applicants should consult the department for additional details

IELTS Subscores
Reading 5.5
Listening 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5

PTE Academic

Minimum PTE Academic Score Accepted: 51

TThe Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) is currently in a pilot review at the University of Colorado Denver. We will accept a 51 PTE Academic score with the following subscores:

PTE Academic Subscores
Reading 44
Listening 44
Speaking 49
Writing 47

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Waiver Requirement(s):

  1. Successfully completed level 5 of the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy.
  2. Graduated from a US accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
  3. Graduated with bachelor’s degree in the US or successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at a US accredited institution.
  4. Graduated from and completed a minimum of one year of secondary school in the US that included at least one unit of college preparatory English.
  5. Exempt Countries: Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Test Scores: GMAT & GRE

GMAT scores are required for all graduate Business programs. GRE scores are required for some programs; please check your department's website. View the GMAT and GRE institutional codes for reporting scores to CU Denver.

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Letters of Recomendation

Letters of recommendation that are academic in nature are preferred by admissions committees, but if it has been several years since you attended a college/university professional references will also be accepted.

Graduate Letter Recomendation Form

Click here for the recomended request for recomendation form or review specific details regarding letters of recommendation by school or college below:

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Business School Requirements

  • 2 letters of recomendation are required for the following programs:
    • ​Master of Business in Health Administration (MBAH)
    • Master of Science in Health Administration (HLTH)
    • Global Energy Management (GEMM)
    • 11-month Master of Business Administration (AMBA)
  • 3 letters of recomendation are required for the following programs:
    • ​Computer Science and Information Systems (PHIS)
  • If your Business School program is not listed above then letters of recomendation are not required, but still highly encouraged. 


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