General Admission Requirements

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General Admission Requirements

Application Submission

Admission materials may be completed online on the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu. For additional information, contact the University of the Rockies Admissions Office by writing to 1201 16th St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202, by emailing admissions@rockies.edu, or by calling, toll-free (855) 531-4705 for ground programs or (866) 621-0124 for online programs.

For a list of information and forms required, please see the Admission Policies and Requirements section of the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog for the graduate certificate or degree program of interest to you.

Transcript Requests
The Registrar's Office will manage the request of all transcripts for students who have signed a Transcript Request form as a part of the application process.

English Language Requirement

You must have the ability to study in English indicated by one of the following:

  • Achieved a recognized high school diploma or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English
  • Received a GED that was taken in English
  • Earned a Bachelor's, Master's, or other post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States in which the primary language of instruction was English
  • Earned a minimum of 30 college level credits from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States in which the primary language of instruction was English.

If you do not satisfy one of the requirements above, you must provide the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination taken within the past two (2) years. A minimum score of 213 computer based, 550 paper based, or 79 Internet based is required. An unofficial copy of scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment; official scores must be submitted prior to full admission.

Technology Requirements and Competencies

Student Computer and Internet Access Requirement
Students must possess the following online competencies:

  • Ability to access course and program material on the Web;
  • Ability to correspond with University staff, students, and faculty using email and the Web; and
  • Ability to use appropriate antivirus utilities so that files transmitted and received are virus free.

System Requirements
Students must have a computer with the following minimum features and system configurations:

  • Platforms: Mac OS X 10.2 or greater or Windows XP or greater;
  • Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, DVD player and 1 Gb free disk space; sound card and speakers;
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2003 or greater; Adobe Reader 8 or greater; Adobe Flash10 or greater (Course Digital Materials Users); Sun's Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5 or Java 1.6); Microsoft JVM (Windows XP SP1 only);
  • Web Browser: Firefox 3.0 or greater, Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 4.0 or greater, or Chrome;
  • Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or cable modem; and
  • Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

Recommended for optimal performance

  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 or greater;
  • Networking: Broadband internet connection (DSL, Cable, or other).

Please note that you may be required to download standard software readers for electronic document sharing in a course. Certain courses require the use of a microphone to record sound files or access to a scanner for document submission. Instructors may conduct optional tutoring sessions where student use of a webcam would optimize the learning experience.

Additional Technology Requirements for Class Live Pro v9.6

Students must have a computer with the following minimum features and system configurations to use Class Live Pro:

  • Platforms: Mac OS X 10.5 or greater or Windows XP or greater;
  • Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, DVD player, and 1 Gb free disk space;
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat;
  • Web Browser: Firefox 3.5 or higher, Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, or Safari 4.0 or higher;
  • Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or cable modem; and
  • Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

Transfer Credits

You can transfer up to 9 graduate-level semester hours into Master of Arts programs; up to 12 semester hours into the post-master's Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD); from regionally accredited institutions when that coursework matches University of the Rockies' curricular offerings.

Only courses with a grade of "B" or above will be considered for transfer credit. University of the Rockies reserves the right to determine the relevancy of the transfer course content based on institutional catalog course descriptions, course syllabi, and/or other satisfactory documentation. The University may determine that a course cannot be transferred due to residency requirements, local laws, and/or program requirements. In addition, coursework completed more than 10 years prior to the date of admission is subject to review for currency and applicability to the current degree program. Please see the Course Descriptions section of the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog for courses that cannot be transferred into University of the Rockies.

Applicable transfer credits will be applied to a student's record once all required official transcripts have been received and the student has been fully admitted.

Nondiscrimination Policy

University of the Rockies is an educational institution that admits academically qualified students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally available to students at the University. A student shall have the right to participate in University-sponsored services and activities without discrimination or harassment. The University does not discriminate in its education programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, marital status, medical condition, service in the uniformed services, political activities and affiliations, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Specifically, Title IX/SaVE requires the University not to discriminate on the basis of gender or sex in its education programs and activities. Gender/sex harassment, including gender sexual violence, is a form of prohibited gender or sexual discrimination. Examples of covered acts are found in the Sexual Misconduct Policy section of the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog.

Students who believe they have been subjected to discrimination, misconduct, harassment, violence or retaliation in violation of this policy should follow the procedures outlined in Reporting/Filing a Complaint for Title IX (Gender/Sex Discrimination) section of the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog. This process involves a thorough, impartial investigation designed to provide a fair, prompt, and reliable determination about whether University of the Rockies’ nondiscrimination policies have been violated. As necessary, University of the Rockies reserves the right to initiate a complaint, to serve as complainant, and to initiate conduct proceedings without a formal complaint by the victim.

Students, staff, or faculty that wish to report a concern or complaint relating to discrimination, misconduct, harassment, violence or retaliation concerning faculty, staff, a student or students may do so by reporting the concern as listed in the following. For complaints alleging discrimination, misconduct, harassment, violence or retaliation based on gender or sex:

Contact the Title IX/SaVE Coordinator/SaVE for University of the Rockies, Dr. Deborah Pardee, Core Faculty, School of Professional Psychology, at:
Phone: (866) 621-0124, ext. 2134;
Email: deborah.pardee@rockies.edu;
Mailing Address:
555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Ste. 108
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

For all other complaints, including discrimination, misconduct, harassment, violence or retaliation based on race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, marital status, medical condition, service in the uniformed services, political activities and affiliations, age, disability, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws:

Contact Pedro Hernandez, or any member of the Student Dispute Resolution Center at Dispute.Resolution@rockies.edu or (866) 621-0124, ext. 1455.

Individuals with complaints of any nature described above also have the legal right to file a formal complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), United States Department of Education, Washington, DC 20202.

Criminal Disciplinary Disclaimer
All members of the University of the Rockies community are entitled to work and study in an environment safe from foreseeable harm. Identification of histories of violence reduces the possibility of future criminal acts on or around the University’s communities. Consequently, University of the Rockies requires all ground applicants and online Doctoral applicants wishing to enroll to answer questions regarding criminal and disciplinary histories as a condition of admission. Applicants may also be required to submit to a third party criminal background check prior to admission. University of the Rockies reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any student at its discretion.

Admission Disclaimer
University of the Rockies reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any applicant. University of the Rockies recognizes the importance of protecting student privacy and reserves the right to request documentation to establish or verify any student’s identity at any time, for administrative or compliance purposes. Students are expected to provide such documentation, and failure to do so may be considered a violation of the Student Community Standards. The University may deny or rescind admission to any student for failure to authenticate his or her identity.

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