Application Requirements

Admission standards for Morgridge College of Education Online programs match University of Denver’s high standards for excellence, and are the same as for on-campus programs. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission.

The minimum undergraduate GPA for admission consideration for graduate study at the University of Denver is a cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately two years of work) for the baccalaureate degree.

To complete your application, you must submit the following items:

  • two letters of recommendation
  • a current resume
  • unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you attended; if admitted, official transcripts will be required
  • a $65 application fee
  • your statement of professional goals
  • your diversity statement

GRE test scores are not required for admission.

Two letters of recommendation

Your application requires at least two recommendations from individuals (non-relatives) who can evaluate your background, professional performance and potential to succeed in a graduate program.

The recommendation portion of the application asks that you input your recommenders’ contact information; we will contact them directly asking for the recommendation.

We strongly suggest that you input the information in advance so your recommenders have enough time to thoughtfully write your letters.

Current resume

You will be asked to upload a current resume to your online application. Your resume should include information about your educational and professional experiences.


Official academic records from all postsecondary institutions must be submitted directly from those schools to the University of Denver. You may send unofficial transcripts to receive an admissions decision, but we will need to receive official transcripts before you begin classes.

All transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Application Processing Services
Morgridge College of Education Online
Suite 501
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706

E-scripts (electronic transcripts) may be sent to:

Application fee

There is a nonrefundable $65 application fee for Morgridge College of Education programs. Waivers are offered if you are:

  • a University of Denver alumnus/a
  • a current or former member of the U.S. military, AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps or Teach For America

You may also receive a waiver if you submit your application before the priority submit deadline or attend a webinar.

For more information on application fee waivers, contact the SchoolCounseling@Denver Admission team.

Statement of professional goals

Your statement of professional goals must be two to three typed and double-spaced pages that discuss:

  • the personal, educational and professional experiences that have shaped your interest in earning a master’s degree
  • your professional objectives and how you developed them
  • what you hope to obtain from a Master of Arts in School Counseling and how you intend to apply it professionally

Diversity statement

The statement of equity, diversity and social justice should be one to two typed and double-spaced pages. Respond to the following question: "How does equity, diversity and social justice shape an issue in school counseling that is of interest to you?" Include the following in your response:

  • any concerns and opportunities for equity, diversity and social justice within your issue of interest
  • any personal, academic and/or professional experiences that have shaped your understanding and commitment to equity, diversity and social justice in school counseling

Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or C1 Advanced are required of all graduate 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. Your TOEFL/IELTS/CAE scores are valid for two years from the test date.

The minimum TOEFL/IELTS/C1 Advanced test score requirements for this degree program are:

  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Internet-based test): 80
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (Paper-based test): 550
  • Minimum IELTS Score: 6.5
  • Minimum C1 Advanced Score: 169