Graduate Applicants

We proudly offer a variety of top-ranked, flexible graduate programs that empower you to effect positive change in the world.

Opportunities for research and practical experience allow you to start making your impact as you complete your studies. Our students collaborate with faculty and staff to maximize their educational experience and secure employment around the globe.

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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


The priority deadline for Fall 2021 master's applications is January 15.

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



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Information for International Applicants

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Korbel Research

In addition to two scholarly journals, we host a dozen on-campus research centers that specialize in geographic regions and topical matters, including international security, conflict resolution, human trafficking, international futures and specific areas of the world.

All centers and institutes are staffed by our master's students, who assist with the research, publications and real-world grants and projects of Korbel faculty.

95% Employment rate

30 Students come from 30+ countries

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.


Learn more about direct vs. indirect costs

Cost of Attendance Overview
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Virtual Visits

The dedicated staff of the Office of Graduate Enrollment is here to support you in your search for graduate studies. While the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 prevent us from offering on-campus visits and class observations at the moment, please register for one of the virtual events below.



Mock Classes

Mock Classes

Attend a sample lecture with one of Korbel's noted faculty members.

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Degree Presentations

Degree Presentations

Learn about specific programs and connect with both faculty and your future cohort.

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Admissions Counseling

Admission Counseling

Schedule a one-on-one virtual meeting with an admission officer.

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Virtual Events

Virtual Information Session

Learn about programs, research projects, costs and the student experience.

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Virtual Coffee

Virtual Coffee

Sign up for a casual discussion with current Korbel students.

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Virtual Fairs

Virtual Graduate Fairs

Meet Korbel at one of several virtual graduate fairs throughout the fall.

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Virtual Campus Tour

Korbel Dinner

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Application Materials

  • Form and Application Fee

    Applications are only accepted online, and a non-refundable $65 fee is required. Materials may be uploaded at any time before or after you submit the application form.

  • Transcripts

    We require either a scanned copy or a downloaded version of your transcripts from every college or university you have attended. The institution and student name must be visible on all transcripts. Scanned copies must be clearly legible and sized to print on standard 8½-by-11-inch paper.

    Transcripts that do not show degrees awarded must also be accompanied by a scanned copy of the diploma or degree certificate. If your academic transcripts were issued in a language other than English, both the original documents and certified English translations are required.

    Upon admission, official transcripts will be required from each institution attended.

    Mailing address:

    Mary Reed Building, Room 5
    2199 S. University Blvd.
    Denver, Colorado 80208

  • Optional GRE Scores

    MA and MPP applicants may submit GRE or GMAT scores for consideration but are not required to do so.

  • Statement of Purpose

    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.

  • Resume

    Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Please save the document as a PDF and upload it to your application.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required, and applicants should not not submit more than three. Letters should come from faculty, supervisors and/or others who can speak to your academic and professional skill sets.

    Once you enter recommenders' contact information in the application form, auto-emails will prompt them to submit letters.



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