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 Student Admissions and Programs Office in addition to applying for admission with the graduate program.

Please review the admission process for your department:


Office of International Student Admissions and Programs Admission Requirements

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

1. OfficiaUniversity/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 U.S. 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 evaluated by a third party before Colorado Mesa University will review for possible transfer credits and/or recognize the foreign 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 Student Admissions and Programs 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 $39,796 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.

Estimated annual cost of attendance for graduate programs:

Tuition/fees (18 credit hours over two semesters) actual amount varies slightly based on degree $22,304
Residence Hall & Meal Plan Average $11,432
Personal Expense Average $4,500
Books & Supplies Average  $1,560
Total $39,796

The chart above reflects the average cost of attendance and living expenses 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 2017-2018 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 a student is from a country where English isnot the primary language, the student must submit ONE of the following:
Test Minimum Score
TOEFL Internet Based 80
Paper Based 550
IELTS Band 7
All Other English Proficiency Tests Evidence will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

5. Copy of Valid Passport

Finalizing your enrollment

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

  1. Submit 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. Enroll in Colorado Mesa University international student group health insurance plan
    • Detailed information about health insurance and options for coverage is provided after acceptance.
    • Please note that current CMU international students must maintain health insurance for no less than one semester in duration
  3. If notified by the Office of International Student Admissions and Programs of the need to provide a tuition deposit, please see the International Payment Policy for more information and payment instructions.