University of Colorado Denver Online

The University of Colorado Denver opened in 1912 as an extension of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and its well-known health sciences program had its roots at the Boulder campus when its School of Medicine opened in 1883. Today, the university is comprised of the Denver campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, and is still a vital member of the University of Colorado System. The university enrolls more than 29,000 students through its on-campus and online programs.

The University of Colorado Denver is especially notable for its graduate programs. Not only does the university award more graduate degrees than any other higher education institution in Colorado, but it was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report among America’s best graduate schools in various health disciplines, schools of medicine, public affairs, and the sciences. In addition, the Princeton Review ranked the University of Colorado Denver among the “Best in the West” in 2008.

Programs Offered

CU Online offers a wide variety of online courses and programs, including bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, and certificate programs. Bachelor’s programs include English writing, sociology, and an RN-to-BSN program for registered nurses who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree in the field. Online graduate degrees are offered either entirely online or in hybrid format, and include an MBA and Master of Science programs in global energy management, information systems, and management and organization-managing for sustainability. Other online graduate degrees include a Master of Engineering in Geographic Information Systems, two Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specializations, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and the Ph.D. in nursing. Still other online graduate degrees include a Doctor of Education, two master’s specializations in information and learning technologies, a master’s in early childhood education, Master of Criminal Justice, and Master of Public Administration.


The University of Colorado Denver has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1970. The university also has specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Education for Public Health; Liaison Committee on Medical Education; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


The admissions process for online programs at CU Denver is the same as that of campus-based programs, but admissions requirements vary greatly depending on the department a prospective student is applying to. Students can click on the program they are interested in here for specifics on admissions requirements. In general, students will need to fill out an application and submit official transcripts from high school or colleges attended. In most cases, those applying to graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, have a satisfactory undergraduate GPA, and meet additional program requirements, which might include licensure in a specific area, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and more.

Admissions Contact

University of Colorado Denver Online
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 167, PO Box 173364
Denver, Colorado 80217-3364
(303) 556.2704

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