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Admissions and Application

Application Deadline:

MS Domestic Applicants: June 1
Certificate Domestic Applicants: July 15
International Applicants: April 15
Fellowship Applicants: December 31

How to Apply to MS or Certificate

To apply for admission applicants must submit the following:

  1. Online Graduate School application
    1. Personal Statement: A one-page personal statement describing the applicant’s career goals and purpose for studying palliative care.
    2. Resume: The applicant’s current resume or curriculum vitae, including professional work/practice since graduating with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
    3. Educational Goals statement.
    4. Two recommendations: to be completed by people who know your professional, academic and/or personal achievements or qualities well. As such, references must be from professional contacts, such as employers, supervisors, former faculty, preceptors, or professional colleagues. References from clergy, family members, friends or politicians will not be accepted.
  2. Licenses and Certificates: A notarized copy of the applicant’s current professional license and a copy of the photo identification used in the license notary process or online verification of the applicant’s current professional license. (Biomedical Track only)
  3. Driver’s License: A copy of the applicant's driver's license or state-issued ID.
  4. Application Fee: A nonrefundable application fee of $100.00 (U.S. dollars). Checks or money orders should be made out to the University of Colorado.
  5. Interview: After the application is complete a telephone or video interview will be arranged with the applicant and two faculty members. This interview will afford the program the opportunity to understand the needs of the applicant and for the candidate to ask questions. The interview process is designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the profession, communication, and ability to perform in a positive, professional manner when working with others. To be considered for admission, applicants must participate in the interview process.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and/or universities should be sent directly to:

    University of Colorado Denver Graduate Admissions
    Campus Box 163
    PO Box 173364
    Denver, CO 80217-3364

    Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:

International Applicants

International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and also must provide:

  1. Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or the equivalent as evaluated by the CU Denver Office of International Affairs;
  2. Financial and other documents as required by the International Student and Scholar Services Office to process immigration documents (these will);
  3. A certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English, and
  4. Evidence of proficiency in English. This is established through either the TOEFL or IELTS tests or through obtaining a post-secondary degree from an institution for which the primary language of instruction is English, as noted on an official transcript or an official letter from the university.

    Score requirements

    • TOEFL – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 83 on the internet-based TOEFL exam with 26 on the spoken English section.
    • IELTS – Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score 6.5 on IELTS with minimum subscores as follows:
      Reading – 5.5
      Writing – 5.5
      Speaking – 5.5
      Listening – 5.5

Exam scores cannot be older than two years from the application deadline date. Scores need to be sent directly to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School at the address listed above.

How to Apply to Fellowship

Fellowship applicants will need to be currently enrolled in the MS in Palliative Care degree program here at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Some items for that application such as the Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendations for the MSPC are applicable to the application. Fellowship applicants will also need to submit the following:/p>

  1. Online Fellowship application
  2. An additional Letter of Recommendation for a total of three
  3. Letter from the appropriate medical board approving this demonstration project CB-HPM Fellowship as an acceptable training option. (American Board of Medical Specialties and the supporting boards have been contacted and are aware of this program. We have a sample letter that could be used)/li>
  4. Approval Letter from Host Site ( We have memo that is used for this purpose. This program is unique and it is critical to your success that your community is aware of your interest in this training option and supportive. A conversation may be required to questions that arise)

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