Apply for a Master's Degree
A master's candidate must have earned a bachelor’s degree (accounting or business degree for Master of Taxation) from an accredited higher education institution or in the case of a foreign candidate, obtained the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an acknowledged institution of higher learning. GRE/GMAT is not required, except in certain circumstances for the Master of Taxation program.
Admission Deadlines & Requirements
Apply online using the DU Graduate Admissions Application.
A $65 non-refundable application fee is required.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned. International transcripts not issued in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly from the institution to our office, or if they are sent by the applicant or a third party and they remain in an original sealed envelope from the institution.
Transcripts sent to our office should be mailed to:
Graduate Legal Studies
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
2255 East Evans Avenue, Suite 390
Denver, CO 80208
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must provide the name and contact for two (one, if applying for the Master of Taxation) individuals who can recommend the applicant for admission. Good choices for recommenders include former or current professors, supervisors, or community leaders who are familiar with the applicant and can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
Applicants must submit a personal statement of interest and purpose, which should address future goals and proposed use of the degree, as well as other factors the Admissions Committee should take into consideration when evaluating applications. Submissions should be 1-2 pages, double-spaced.
Resume or CV
An updated resume or CV listing previous career and educational history.
Optional Scholarship Application
Students are not automatically considered for scholarships or awards. To apply, please visit the scholarship application page. Early application is encouraged as funds are limited.
Deposit for Accepted Students
Accepted applicants will be required to submit a nonrefundable deposit of $300 in order to secure their position in the class. The deposit is deductible from the first semester’s (or quarter’s) tuition. Detailed instructions are provided in the letter of acceptance.
GMAT Requirements for Master of Taxation Applicants
GMAT scores sent electronically to the Graduate Tax Program directly from GMAC (select University of Denver – Daniels College of Business – Graduate Tax Program; GMAT code number MZR-6J-02). GMAT information is available at http://www.mba.com or by calling 1-800-717-GMAT.
GMAT Waivers: We will consider you waived from the GMAT if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- You received a bachelor's degree in accounting or a business administration degree with a major in accounting with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
- You received a bachelor's degree in accounting or a business administration degree with a major in accounting and you have earned a graduate level degree from an accredited school.
- You have passed all four parts of the CPA Exam. Verification must be sent as an official document from the testing authority to Graduate Legal Studies before you can register for classes.
English Proficiency Requirements and Testing for International Students
With limited exceptions, a TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all graduate student applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status. An interview and/or writing sample may be requested.
Master of Legal Studies: Minimum requirement TOEFL 85/IELTS 6.5.
Master of Science in Legal Administration: Minimum requirement TOEFL 100/IELTS 6.5.
Master of Legal Studies in Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy: Minimum requirement TOEFL 80/IELTS 6.0
Master of Taxation: Minimum requirement TOEFL 80/IELTS 6.0
Applicants must request Educational Testing Services (ETS) submit official scores; our ETS institution code is 4842 – 03.
Students who submit TOEFL/IELTS scores during the application process, or those who are admitted conditionally and have graduated from the ELC, may be required to attend a legal English support class.
If an applicant is unable to achieve a passing score or does not wish to take the TOEFL or IELTS, English Conditional Admission is possible. English Conditional Admission is contingent upon an English Language Proficiency Assessment administered by the ELC.
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