The Division of Continuing and Professional Education administers all classes conducted off the Auraria Campus as well as many of those conducted in nontraditional contexts. Although Continuing and Professional Education does not grant degrees, courses and programs offered through Continuing and Professional Education do enhance and supplement traditional degree programs at the university. Students with certain registration or scheduling difficulties can take courses applicable to their degree programs through Continuing and Professional Education. These courses are identical to those offered through the regular schedule of classes and are recorded on a standard CU Denver transcript along with any other classes taken through the university.
Taking continuing and professional education classes
Students may want to consider taking classes through Continuing and Professional Education under the following circumstances:
Not formally admitted to the university
Prospective CU Denver students need not wait for formal admission to the university to begin taking classes. Taking courses through Continuing and Professional Education is a great way to "try on" the university before applying for admission. Students who have not been formally admitted to the university can, in many cases, enroll in Continuing and Professional Education classes and transfer those credit hours (with departmental approval) to a degree program when they are formally admitted. (Students planning to explore this option should check with the school or college through which they intend to pursue their degrees to determine how many Continuing and Professional Education credits will be transferable.)
Students who are balancing family and work obligations in addition to college can take Continuing and Professional Education courses that fit their schedules. Many classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends. Students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor in their chosen discipline or an advisor in the Continuing and Professional Education office to discuss available options.
Each academic unit of the university has established its own policies regarding students who are placed on academic suspension. When those policies allow, students on academic suspension may take a certain number of credit hours (as established by the appropriate academic unit) through Continuing and Professional Education to improve their grade point average. Students must check with an academic advisor in their chosen discipline to determine whether this option is open to them.
In addition to credit courses, Continuing and Professional Education also offers a variety of noncredit courses for both personal enrichment and professional credentialing. Practicing professionals in business, engineering, public affairs, architecture and planning and education are encouraged to contact the appropriate CU Denver school or college or Continuing and Professional Education for information on courses applicable to continuing professional education, certification and licensure.
Tuition and fees
Tuition for Continuing and Professional Education courses and policies for granting tuition refunds are determined by the school or college that offers the courses and may differ from the tuition rates and refund policies that apply to courses in regular, on-campus courses. Prior to registering, students wishing to take Continuing and Professional Education courses should obtain information regarding tuition and tuition refunds from the appropriate Continuing and Professional Education office below.
Nonattendance and/or nonpayment DOES NOT automatically disenroll a student from Continuing and Professional Education courses.
Please follow the directions to start the Application Login Process. Once you are admitted, you will be able to claim your UCDAccess student portal account by visiting https://myaccount.ucdenver.edu. Within the UCDAccess student portal, you will be able to register for courses and view your student bill. If you have questions about the process, please call the appropriate coordinator listed below for more information.
For more information about educational opportunities, please contact any of our Continuing and Professional Education coordinators:
- College of Architecture and Planning: 303-556-3954
- College of Arts & Media: 303-556-2279
- Bard Center for Entrepreneurship: 303-620-4050
- Continuing Engineering Education Program: 303-556-4907
- College of Liberal Arts and Science: 303-556-4798
- School of Public Affairs: 303-315-2228
- School of Education and Human Development: 303-315-4985