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


Application Deadline:April 1
Recommended Materials Completion Date: March 1
  • Program accepts students in Fall only.
  • Applications that do not include all of the requirements listed below by the application deadline will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
  • Application reviews commence after the deadline for each cohort cycle. Admission decisions are issued no later than May 15.





  • Students are required to complete the online Graduate Application for Admission.
  • 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 Admissions Committee.
  • Contact the Assistant Director at with notification of intent to apply. This is recommended so that application materials can be tracked by the program.
  • International applicants are encouraged to visit the Office of International Admissions website.



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


Transcripts from Institutions Located Inside the United States:
  • Applicants must have official academic transcripts from each US post-secondary institution attended sent directly from the issuing institution.
  • While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of another, transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of length of attendance and whether or not courses or degrees were completed.
  • Transcripts that are marked “student copy” or “unofficial” cannot be used in the admission decision.

Submission Methods

  • Preferred: Electronic official transcripts. Only accepted when sent directly from the issuing institution or through a third party etranscript exchange agent to

Alternate: Hard copy official transcripts. Mailed directly from the issuing institution to:

MSMF Admissions Committee
National Center for Media Forensics

ATTN: Leah Haloin
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 154
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Transcripts from Institutions Located Outside the United States:
  • An International Credential Evaluation Report is required for any applicant who attended one or more academic institution(s) located outside the United States. All international credentials from academic institution(s) located outside the United States will need to be verified for authenticity and evaluated by CU Denver or an external evaluation provider (ECE or WES).



  • 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 submitting a formal, narrative letter uploaded 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 Students must submit all application components in English, where applicable.

    College of Arts & Media

    CU Denver

    Arts Building

    1150 10th Street

    Suite 177

    Denver, CO 80204


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