How to Apply to the Master of Science in Media Forensics Program


  • Under the Academic Interest section, select Media Forensics (MS) in the College of Arts & Media. If this designation is not accurately included, materials will not be received by the MSMF Admissions Committee.
  • Email the Assistant Director at with notification of intent to apply. This is recommended so that application materials can be tracked by the program.



Application Deadline:April 1
Recommended Materials Completion Date: March 1

Program accepts students in Fall only.


Admission decisions are not conducted on a rolling basis. Reviews of applications will commence after the Application deadline for each cycle.



Non-refundable application fee must be paid in U.S. dollars via the online Graduate Application for Admission.

            Domestic Applicants:$50.00
            International Applicants: $75.00


Applicants must have one (1) official academic transcript from each college or university attended sent directly from the issuing institution to:


Domestic Applicants: International Applicants: 

MSMF Admissions Committee

ATTN: Leah Haloin

National Center for Media Forensics

University of Colorado Denver

Campus Box 154
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Regular Mail:


University of Colorado Denver
International Admissions
Campus Box 141
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Courier Service (DHL, FedEx, etc.):


University of Colorado Denver International Admissions

1201 Larimer Street

Suite 1119

Denver, CO 80204




  • Official transcripts can be submitted electronically if they are sent by the issuing institution or through a third party etranscript exchange agent directly to
  • ​While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of length of attendance and whether or not courses were completed.
  • Official transcripts exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar and arrive in an envelope sealed by the institution.
  • Transcripts that are marked “student copy” or “unofficial” cannot be used in the admission decision.
  • Foreign language transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation.


  • Applicants must submit a cover letter detailing the following:
    • Professional/educational background
    • Reason for wanting to participate in the program
    • Research interests
  • The cover letter should be uploaded in the online application.



  • Students are required to submit a resume as it relates to the field of study. The resume must include educational background, work experience, and relevant skills. Students are also welcome to include any published works, scholarly/creative work, exhibitions, awards, or other relevant achievements.
    • ​The resume should be uploaded in the online application.



    • Letters of recommendation are required from three (3) reference providers that can attest to the applicant’s academic and/or professional accomplishments.
    • Applicants send requests for recommendation to reference providers through the online Graduate Application for Admission. Once each request is sent, reference providers will receive an email titled "Recommendation Request – CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus" with a secure online link to complete their recommendation.
    • Reference providers must complete their letters of recommendation by doing both of the following:
      • Online Recommendation Form: This is an online multiple-choice form where the reference provider will be asked to evaluate certain indicators of success for the applicant.
      • ​Personal Letter: This should be a formal, narrative letter uploaded by the reference provider via the online recommendation form.​

    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted online directly by each of the reference providers; letters cannot be submitted by the applicant.
    • Applicants are advised to submit requests for recommendation early enough to allow each reference provider time to submit the online form and letter prior to the deadline.


    • Two (2) samples of written material authored by the applicant displaying scientific/non-fictional writing skills are required. These could be undergraduate research papers, published or unpublished articles, grant proposals, prepared reports or affidavits, etc.​
    • ​Each writing sample should be 1,000 words or more.
    • The writing samples should be uploaded in the online application.


    International Applicants Only

    English Language Proficiency Requirement

    • International Applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.
    • The requirement can be satisfied by meeting any one of several criteria published by the Office of International Admissions.

    International Students must submit all application components in English, where applicable.

    Applications that do not include all of the requirements or that include partial components, are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.