Administration Licensure: Principal (K-12)

Admissions Deadlines

Denver + Online: This delivery option accepts transcripts throughout the year, and you can start any academic term. It is recommended that you apply at least 60 days before the start of the semester for which you desire admission, but you can contact the Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines.

Eagle + Online: (hybrid online plus face-to-face) delivery of this program begins Fall term 2018. Applicants should apply by July 1 for admission for a Fall term start, but if you are ready to apply just before or after the deadline we encourage you to contact the coordinator about available space.

Northwest BOCES + Online: Delivery of this program begins Summer term 2018. It is delivered in a hybrid format, with online instruction plus face-to-face instruction in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Applicants should apply by April 1 for admission for a Summer term start, but if you are ready to apply just before or after the deadline we encourage you to contact the coordinator about available space.

Online: This delivery option accepts transcripts throughout the year, and you can start any academic terms. It is recommended that you apply at least 60 days before the start of the semester for which you desire admission, but you can contact the Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines.

Rural Leadership Online: The online program for rural educators begins each Fall term. Applications are accepted until July 1 each year for the Fall start, but this online program is capped at 15-20 students each year and often fills up by mid-summer. Please contact the program coordinator about available space.

Longmont + Online: The Longmont/St. Vrain School District delivery of this program begins Fall term 2019. Applicants should apply by July 1, 2019, but if you are ready to apply just before or after the deadline we encourage you to contact the coordinator about available space.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado before the program area reviews the applicant's request for admission. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application

Each applicant must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the most recent 60 credit hours.

Take the following steps to be considered for admission:

Step 1: Complete the Application

Complete the online application and pay the application fee (you will pay the fee after you complete all application questions and submit the application)

  • Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
  • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: Supplemental Items

You will need to log back into the online application system, scroll down and click on "Submit Supplemental Items" to do the following:

  1. Upload the items below:
  2. Request three letters of recommendation (click "start" to initiate each request).

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

International Applicants

International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.

For More Information
For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School at grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.