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Admissions Guidelines

Future students seeking admission to The Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado, must meet the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School to be considered for admission. Graduate applicants, who do not meet the minimum requirements, will be considered with a departmental recommendation for admission.

UNC's individual graduate programs set their own application deadlines and requirements. Submission of additional materials is usually required. These materials vary by program, programs may request:

  • Letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Writing samples
  • Auditions
  • Samples of your work
  • Personal statements

Information about required materials is available on the specific degree programs found on the list of UNC's Graduate Degrees & Programs.

Graduate admission is a shared process.

The Graduate School and International Admissions (GSIA) Office processes applications from all future graduate students. Your application is valid for one calendar year from the proposed start date.

Application, Transcripts, Scores and Fees to GSIA

Submit the official online application, transcripts, processing fees and test scores (if applicable) to GSIA for initial evaluation.


After initial GSIA evaluation, applications materials are sent to the selected graduate program to be reviewed by the faculty. The graduate program submits a recommendation of Regular Admission, Conditional Admission, Provisional Admission or Denied Admission.

Official Admission Notification

After the program has made a decision, you will receive an official admission notice, in writing, from GSIA and the individual graduate program.

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