How to 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.


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Admission Deadlines & Requirements

  • Online Application

    Online Application. The application will also include:

    • Resume/CV – should list employment experience, educational background and extracurricular and community activities. It should also include any honors and awards you have received. Please include dates for all items on your resume.
    • Submit a double-spaced, typed Personal Statement, which, generally, should not exceed two pages using the prompt below: 

      A recent survey of 24,000 practicing lawyers by the University of Denver-based Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) has determined that the professional competencies of early-career lawyers are as important as the legal skills that they develop in law school. Describe how your distinctive life experiences have shaped two (2) of the following competencies identified by IAALS as meaningful to the successful practice of law: resilience; perseverance; integrity; resourcefulness; passion; compassion.

    • $65 non-refundable application fee.



    A completed LLM Credential Assembly Service Report (LLM CAS/DAS) from LSAC.
     This includes the following items:

    • All transcripts from any post-secondary schooling completed, regardless of whether a degree was earned.
      • If you have completed any post-secondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, these transcripts must be submitted to the LSAC to be translated and evaluated. A foreign credential evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and included with your CAS report.
    • Two letters of recommendation from current or former 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.
  • International Students

    English Language Proficiency Requirements and Testing

    • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or C1 Advanced are required of all applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Scores are valid for two years from the test date. Request that your test scores be sent from the testing organization to LSAC or to the Office of Admissions.

      The requirement can be waived if you have completed a post-secondary degree at an institution whose language of instruction and tests is English. The whole program of study must have been completed in English.

      The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the Sturm College of Law is 95 (internet-based test) or 587 (paper-based test).
      - LSAC TOEFL Code: 0058
      - University of Denver Institution Code: 4842

      The minimum IELTS score accepted by the Sturm College of Law is 7.0.

      C1 Advanced
      The minimum C1 Advanced score accepted by the Sturm College of Law is 185.

    Photocopy of Current Passport

    • Please provide a copy of the photograph and legal name page of your passport. This can be uploaded and attached to your online application. If you currently do not have a passport, you will need to make arrangements to obtain a passport before an I-20 can be issued by the University of Denver (the government document that allows a student visa to be granted). If you are submitting the online application prior to obtaining a passport, please email a copy of your passport to once you have received it.

    SEVIS Supplement Form

    • International students are required to submit your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Supplement Form. We use this form to verify your information so your I-20 or DS-2019 is accurate. We cannot issue your I-20 or DS-2019 without your SEVIS Supplement Form.

    Financial Verification Form

    • International students are required to submit a financial verification form. You will need to submit this form along with a bank statement or certificate of deposit showing sufficient liquid funds for your estimated cost of attendance. For specific tuition details for different programs, see University of Denver Cost of Attendance.
  • 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 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 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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. You have passed all four parts of the CPA Exam. Verification must be sent as an official document from the testing authority to Graduate Admissions before you can register for classes.

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