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Graduate Applicants

We proudly offer a variety of top-ranked, flexible graduate programs that prepare you for positions in all levels of the government, non-profit, business and academic sectors. Work closely with our faculty as you develop a set of skills and a knowledge base that, coupled together, empower you to effect positive change in the world around you.

Opportunities for research and practical experience allow you to start making your impact as you complete your studies. Our students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty and staff to maximize their educational experience.

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Korbel is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive learning environment. We value the diversity of backgrounds, ideas, and individuals that enrich our community, and in continuing a long history of holistic review processes, the Korbel School now offers test-optional admissions. Applicants to the MA and MPP programs no longer need to submit GRE scores to be considered for admission and merit-based aid.

Graduate Applicant Information


We offer weekly information sessions and visits throughout the year.

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Join a dynamic, intellectually rigorous academic community.

Fall Priority Deadline: January 8, 2020

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If you have questions about the application process, we encourage you to reach out.



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Korbel Research

Our research efforts explore a wide range of topics in media, culture and the environment to take a holistic and humanitarian approach to policy and supporting the common good. Graduate students who come to Korbel have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty.

We also maintain a dozen research centers and institutes that specialize in geographical regions, international security and peacebuilding. 

90% More than 90% of students are employed within 12 months of graduation

30 Students come from over 30 countries

18:1 18:1 student-faculty ratio

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Tuition & Fees

All MA and MPP programs at Korbel are 60 credits in length and are completed in two years of full-time enrollment.

For the 2020-21 academic year, tuition is $1,270 per credit, making annual tuition approximately $38,100.


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The Office of Graduate Enrollment's dedicated staff is here to support you in your graduate education search. We invite you to join us in vibrant Denver, Colorado, for an information session and class observation. We also offer weekly virtual information sessions and attend events across the global.



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Information Session

We offer weekly information sessions throughout the year. Learn about the Korbel School’s graduate and certificate programs, active research projects, and get your questions answered by our dedicated staff.

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Experience the Korbel School’s academic rigor and collaborative classroom environment by observing a class.

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Virtual Information Session

You don't have to live in Colorado to learn more about the Korbel School. We offer virtual sessions for prospective students and admitted students throughout the year.

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Travel Schedule

Meet us on the road. View our travel schedule to see when we’ll be in a city near you.

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Admission Counseling

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a member of our enrollment staff at your convenience to discuss the application process and requirements.

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Connect with Current Students or Alumni

Learn about life at Korbel from a current graduate student or discuss career outcomes with one of our alumni. After submitting your application for admission complete the request form below.

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Admissions FAQ

Master's Programs

  • Does Korbel require the GRE for MA and MPP programs?

    Applicants may submit GRE scores but are not required to do so.

  • Where should I send my application materials?

    With the exception of transcripts, all application materials, including the email addresses of your referees, should be submitted through the online application. Referees will be contacted for recommendation letters as soon as you click “submit.”

    Please send official transcripts to the following address: 
    Office Of Graduate Education
    Mary Reed Building Room 5 
    2199 S. University Blvd. 
    Denver, CO 80208

    For questions about receipt of application materials, please contact the Office Of Graduate Education: 
    Phone: 303-871-2706 
    Fax: 303-871-4942 
    Email: [email protected]

  • What is considered an official transcript?

    In order for a transcript to be considered official, it must arrive in an envelope sealed and stamped with the registrar/school's official stamp. International transcripts must contain the official seal(s) of the school and be sent from the institution's records or registrar's office in the original language of instruction. Non-English transcripts must be submitted with notarized or certified translations.

    The University of Denver requires an official transcript from all institutions from which more than a half credit was earned, including summer community college programs and study abroad schools/organizations.

  • What should my statement of purpose include?

    In 500 – 750 words, discuss an international or a policy issue you wish to address in your career and how the Korbel School will prepare you to do so. Please include what unique experiences, skills, and/or perspectives you will bring to the distinctive learning environment at Korbel.

  • Does the Korbel School grant application fee waivers?

    Generally speaking, we can only waive the application fee under special circumstances (e.g. for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and for Pickering, Rangel, and Payne Fellows). Please contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Does the Korbel School require interviews?

    No, we do not require formal interviews as part of the application process.

    Prospective students are, however, encouraged to visit campus and observe a class. Check out our Visit Us page for more information.

  • What is the admissions committee looking for in an applicant?

    Students at the Korbel School are diverse. They come from a wide variety of educational and personal backgrounds and have varying amounts international experience.

    The admissions committee looks for candidates whose intellectual curiosity is supported by a strong academic record, relevant work experience, excellent letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose that shows a clear understanding of how the Korbel School will help them reach their career goals.

  • Can/should I apply to more than one program at the Korbel School?

    Unless you wish to complete dual degrees (e.g. an MA and an MPP), you only need to apply to one of our master's programs. You may switch to any other Korbel  master's degree after admission.

  • When will I receive a decision?

    If your application is completed on or before the priority deadline, you will be notified of an admissions decision in late February. Applications received after the priority deadline will be processed on a rolling and space-available basis.

PhD Program

  • What are you looking for in a PhD applicant?

    The PhD program is highly selective and our fall class is comprised of approximately 4 PhD candidates. The reason for this is:

    • We want to ensure that our faculty expertise can support the applicants’ specific field research area and professional aspirations.
    • All admitted PhD applicants receive full funding and a stipend.

    Most applicants to the PhD program have an MA in a related discipline. If they do not have an MA, they must have significant work and research experience. Competitive applicants have a solid idea of what their research interests are, while admitted students have demonstrated a strong fit with both the program and a potential faculty mentor.

  • What type of funding is available for PhD candidates?

    All PhD candidates receive a full-tuition waiver and a $20,000 stipend in each of the first three years of study.

  • How long do I have to complete my PhD requirements?

    The PhD program requires approximately 3 years of coursework, the successful completion of comprehensive exams, and defense of a dissertation. Candidates have up to 7 years to complete these requirements; however, most candidates complete the degree in 4-5 years.

  • Can I complete some of my PhD requirements online?

    No, you must be on campus to complete the degree.

  • Can I apply transfer credits to my PhD?

    Yes, students can transfer in select credits and apply them to the PhD. Please see the PhD Handbook for additional details.


Annie Thompson

Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment