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Applying for Graduate Admissions

Graduate School Online Application

Complete UNC's Online Application

  • Applicants who are US Citizens should select the Graduate Application as their Application Type
  • Applicants who are International Students should consult the application guidelines on the International Admissions Webpage.

Prepare to complete the Graduate Application

Have questions? Consult our Admissions FAQ

Please Note: Write down your Login ID and PIN you created for your application. These identifiers can be used to Complete your Application at a later time or Check your Application Status during the review process.

Pay the $50 Application Fee 

Once you complete the online application y ou will be prompted to pay you $50 application fee on a secure webpage. VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card are accepted. The application fee is non-refundable.

Submit Official Test Scores to GSIA

Check with the program to which you are seeking admission to identify which test, if any, you should take. All doctoral applicants must take the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE)

  • Required Minimum: 140 Quantitative; 146 Verbal Reasoning; Combined score of at least 297; Analytic Writing 3.5

Test scores must be sent directly to the GSIA Office by the testing agency. Test scores must be received before an application is considered complete.

UNC’s institutional code number is R4074.

Test scores are received by the university approximately two to four weeks after a test is taken if the university is designated as a score recipient at the time of testing. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted.

Send your official transcripts

Request one official transcript from every accredited college or university attended or from which you earned credit, except UNC. Official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcript. This includes concurrent enrollment courses taken while in high school through an accredited college. You do not need to provide study abroad transcripts.

Official transcripts may be sent via mail in an unopened sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program directly from the issuing institution. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 135
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639

Electronic transcripts should be sent to grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu. We do not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from the student.

UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.

Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

All doctoral programs and some master’s, certificate and licensure programs require letters of recommendation.

Please check GSIA program list to see if the program you are seeking admissions to accepts the GSIA letter of recommendation form.

Departmental Requirements

Individual programs may look at additional criterion such as:

  • Work experience or other skills in discipline-relevant areas
  • Communication skills
  • Basic analytical and mathematical skills
  • Clarity of your educational and career goals
  • Nature of your research interests
  • Amount your goals match the program in terms of course emphases
  • Career focus
  • Faculty interests or expertise
  • Elementary Education Content PLACE exam for Special Education

Please check with your program to see which additional requirements need to be met.


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