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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.

You can also indicate that you will send your payment separately.

If you decide to pay the graduate application fee after completing the application online, we accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit card payment over the phone (970) 351-2831
  • Check/money order by mail.
    • Graduate School and International Admissions
      University of Northern Colorado
      501 20th Street
      Campus Box 135,
      Greeley, CO 80639
  • Cash in person. The GSIA office is located in Carter Hall 2007.

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

All applicants are required to provide 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.

Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated based on the last 60 hours on Bachelor’s degree or GPA from Master’s degree. A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

Transcripts submitted become the property of the Graduate School and International Admissions and will not be returned to the applicant.

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 UNC Graduate School & International Admissions, 501 20th Street, Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639. Electronic transcripts should be sent to grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu. We do not accept emailed, scanned, or PDF transcripts directly from the student.


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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