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Graduate Students

Colorado Mesa University currently offers graduate programs in three areas: Business, Education and Nursing.  All prospective graduate students must apply for admission with the International Programs and Services Office in addition to applying for admission with the graduate program.

Please review the admission process for your department


Office of International Programs and Services Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements by the program department, the following items must be submitted to:
Colorado Mesa University
Attn: International Programs and Services
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

  1. Official University/College Transcripts - "Transcript" refers to a course list, grade list, mark book or other document detailing classes and grades.
    • Submit an official transcript in English from each institution attended. A transcript is considered “official” only if imprinted with the issuing institution's official seal. Faxed or emailed transcripts are not acceptable.
    • If your university credits/degree are from an accredited institution outside of the U.S., the transcript(s) must be accompanied by a certified literal English and evaluated by a third party before Colorado Mesa University will review for possible transfer credits and/or recognize the foreign undergraduate degree.
    • Colorado Mesa University recognizes and uses ECE and WES for evaluation services or any service listed at For students interested in a graduate program in nursing, please contact the Office of International Programs and Services directly for eligibility and the foreign degree evaluation process.
    • Official evaluated transcripts and degree(s) from previous institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis after you have been accepted to Colorado Mesa University. Transfer credit cannot be guaranteed.
  2. Official Bank Statement(s)
    • Students must show proof of funds for at least $37,948 USD (or equivalent in foreign currency) to cover the first academic year, if single. Fund requirements are subject to change because of tuition increases, cost of living increases, etc. If the student is married and/or has dependents, an additional $5,000 for their spouse and $4,000 for each child must be shown.
    • If you have more than one source of funding, you must submit a bank statement for each person/source. A financial bank statement document is only official if it is printed on organization letterhead with the amount clearly displayed. Faxed or emailed bank statements are notacceptable.

      Estimated annual cost of attendance for graduate programs:

      Tuition/fees (18 credit hours over two semesters) actual amount varies slightly based on degree $20,888
      Residence Hall & Meal Plan Average $11,000
      Personal Expense Average $4,500
      Books & Supplies Average  $1,560
      Total $37,948

      The chart above reflects the average cost of attendance for a full-time graduate student during the nine month academic year. These are estimated expenses. Tuition and fees are direct costs while all other expenses will vary based on living arrangements, degree, marital status, and lifestyle. These costs are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and are subject to change.

  3. Notarized Statement of Financial Support - The Statement of Financial Support shows how the student's education and living expenses are to be financed over the course of study.
    Each sponsor who submits a bank statement must also submit a Statement of Financial support and have it notarized by a public official or notary who verifies the signature of the person signing the form. Applications cannot be processed until proof of adequate funding is demonstrated.
  4. English Language Proficiency Requirement - If the student is from a country where English is not the primary language, a student must submit ONE of the following:
    • A minimum TOEFL test average score of 80 (Internet-based) or 550 (paper-based). See TOEFL to learn more or find a test site.
    • A minimum IELTS test score of Band 7. See IELTS to learn more or find a test site.
    • Other evidence of English proficiency, such as attended an English-speaking institution. All evidence will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and reviewed by the International Programs & Services Office as well as the graduate program.
    • If a student does not meet these minimum English proficiency requirements, international students can attend BridgePathways® at CMU, our on-campus intensive English program. Please note that graduate programs may still require a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission.
  5. Copy of Valid Passport

Finalizing your enrollment

Anytime during the admissions process but before registering for classes, students must submit the following:

  1. Immunization records
    • Colorado State law requires college students born after January 1, 1957 to show proof of two measles, mumps, and rubella immunization shots. If the student received a second measles dose prior to July 1, 1992, the second mumps and rubella doses are not required. Please complete this Certificate of Immunization signed by an approved health authority or submit a copy of your official records in English signed by an approved health authority. More information on immunizations.
  2. Proof of health insurance with a clear expiration date. New and returning students are required to, at a minimum, show proof of insurance coverage for a duration of 4 months (the period of one semester) at a time. Options for health insurance include:
    • Provide a copy of proof of insurance from home country (with English translation) along with proof that the insurance is accepted in the U.S. while in a student status.
    • Purchase insurance from an international student insurance company that begins on the day you travel to the U.S.
    • Detailed information about health insurance and options for coverage is provided after acceptance.
    • Please note that current CMU international students must show proof of health insurance for no less than one semester in duration
  3. If notified by the Office of International Programs of the need to provide a tuition deposit, please see the International Payment Policy for more information and payment instructions.