Location: 4th floor of the Business School
Advising Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4pm, some evening appointments available
We’re here for your success.
Your advising team is here to help you graduate on time. We understand that as a graduate student, you have a busy schedule and may work full-time, so we offer a variety of convenient ways to reach us.
To schedule an in-person or phone appointment with us, call the front desk at 303-315-8110. For email advising, please email your specific questions to email@example.com.
The graduate advising office is happy to help you with academic advising related questions. Concerns regarding careers, tuition assistance, financial aid, scholarship assistance, immigration/visa regulations, and internship advising should be directed to the appropriate campus department. We will be glad to refer you to the correct department if you have any of these concerns.
Use the forms below to make special requests. For questions regarding submitting a form or to submit a completed form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To declare or change your specialization, please email us at email@example.com with your name, student ID and specialization chosen.
Regardless of whether or not you are walking at commencement, you must apply for your graduation online in UCD Access while registering for your final semester of classes.
"Student Center" > "All Student Functions"
Under Academics, click drop-down menu and "Apply for Graduation."
Note that honors does not apply to graduate students, so you can ignore that checkbox.
"Student Center" > "All Student Functions"
"Profile" > "Emails"
In the bottom right hand corner, click "Add an Email Address."
If you are graduating, you may choose to participate in the university's commencement ceremony. Registration for the ceremony is separate from the process of applying for graduation.
As a new student, it is important that you review the following information about next steps about setting up your student email and student account in UCD Access.
Upon admission, you will receive an email from our admissions team with your student ID number explaining how to set up your student account, UCD Access, and your student email. You will use UCD Access to register for classes, check your degree progress, update your address, check grades, and more.
You will need your class schedule, a voucher, obtained from the Lynx Center, Academic Building, Suite 1107, and a photo ID. Bring these items to the bookstore, Tivoli Station, in the Tivoli Student Union to receive your student ID and RTD college pass.
To obtain textbook information, visit the Tivoli Station website, or check the "Course Books" tab in UCD Access, closer to the start of the term. You may purchase books from any vendor.
After you are admitted to the Business School, you will receive an email from the Graduate Advising Team. The email includes your official degree plan, which identifies your degree requirements.
The Academic Calendar outlines semester start/end dates, add/drop deadlines, graduation deadlines, holidays, etc. The Billing Calendar outlines important dates regarding your bill. You are responsible for following the calendars, so please make sure to check these each semester.
The following courses are offered in an 8-week format: summer, South Denver, and select cybersecurity courses. These courses follow a different academic calendar. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help with the registration and/or drop process.
Each term, you are assigned a specific enrollment date and time. You cannot register until on or after your enrollment date and time. In UCD Access, from the “Student Center”, see the box entitled “Enrollment Dates” to determine your enrollment date and time. Register as soon as you can to avoid waitlists. Online classes fill quickly.
For your first term, you must pay your Registration Advance Deposit prior to registration. For every term, check the “holds” section of your UCD Access to ensure that you can register for future terms. A hold will prevent you from registering.
You may enroll in on-campus, hybrid or online classes, based on class format offerings. Hybrid classes blend both traditional classroom instruction and online learning. Typically, half of the class is on campus and the other half is online. In UCD Access, hybrid sections are identified with an “H” (e.g. H01, H02) and online sections with an “E” (e.g. E01, E02).
Visit the Registrar’s website for additional information regarding registration, waitlists, etc.
If available, you can take classes at our South Denver location in Parker, CO. If taking classes at South Denver, be mindful of the following:
How many courses do students who work full-time take each semester?
The typical pattern is two courses in the fall and spring semesters and one course in the summer. Because summer courses are accelerated, we recommend taking only one course.
How long will it take me to complete my degree if I take two courses in fall and spring and one course in summer?
The MBA is a 16-course program, so it will take you three years and one semester to earn the degree if you take five courses each year. A 10-course MS program will take at least two years following the same pattern. Please be aware that summer course options may be limited or not available. Additional time will be necessary if common body of knowledge or prerequisite coursework is required.
What is a full-time course load?
The Business School does not monitor your enrollment for full or part-time status. You determine the pace at which you want to go through your program. If you work full-time, the average course load is one or two courses in fall and spring terms, one in the summer (pending availability).
If you are not working, you may take three or four courses in the fall and spring terms, two in the summer (pending availability). Keep in mind, this pace would require a significant amount of coursework each week throughout the semester.
If you are receiving tuition assistance, full or part-time status is determined and monitored by the entity providing the funding such as financial aid, or Veteran’s Affairs (e.g. GI Bill). Please contact the respective office for enrollment requirements.
If you are an international student, please make sure to consult with the International Student & Scholar Services office for your enrollment requirements.
If I wish to modify my degree plan to do an internship, independent study, transfer coursework, substitute courses, or other changes, how do I do that?
The process may vary depending on the type of modification. Contact an advisor at email@example.com for specific instructions.
How do I submit a petition?
The petition can be sent directly to an advisor or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your advisor will forward your petition and file to the program director for his or her review. Once a decision on your petition has been made, your advisor will email you to let you know if your request has been approved or denied. Please be aware, it can take 5-10 business days to receive a decision on your petition request.
What are the requirements to transfer coursework?
Graduate transfer courses must meet the following requirements.
Transfer courses meeting the above requirements must be petitioned with the course syllabus. The petition and syllabus may be submitted by email to a graduate advisor for processing and review by the program director. There is a limit to the number of transfer credits accepted. These limits are listed below in semester hours (quarter hours are transferred at a rate of 0.67 semester hours = 1.0 quarter hour).
Official transcripts are required to complete the transfer process. Please check with an advisor on the status of your transcripts. If you have not yet taken the course that you wish to transfer, you should petition for approval in advance.
How much homework should I expect?
For hybrid, online, or campus 16-week courses, the estimated amount is 10 hours of homework per course per week, not including class time. For hybrid, online, or campus 8-week courses (summer, South Denver, certificates), the estimated amount is 20 hours of homework per course per week, not including class time.
What are my resources for knowing which courses will be offered in a specific term?
Students can use the Class Search tool in UCDAccess to look up current, future, and past courses. Past schedules help predict possible course options for future semesters but are subject to change. An advisor can also assist you in finding courses.
Where can I find feedback from other students regarding instructors and courses?
We recommend referencing the Faculty Course Questionnaire results.
Do I need to declare a specialization right away?
Most programs do not require a specialization. If you decide to declare a specialization, for planning purposes, it is helpful to declare earlier than later. Specializations are required in the MS Information Systems and MS in Finance and Risk Management programs. The specialization you choose will be documented on your final transcript, but not on your diploma.
How do I declare my specialization?
Please email email@example.com with your student ID number and your chosen specialization.
How do I find my textbooks?
Close to the start of each term, we recommend visiting Auraria Books to search for your book list by course. You may also check the Course Books tab in the student portal. Additional resources for finding books include the course syllabus in Canvas or contacting your professor.
In what order should I take my courses?
Some courses may only be offered once a year, so we recommend blending core and elective classes in the same term. When planning courses, please be mindful of corequisite and prerequisite requirements. Please refer to your Welcome Email for program specific information as applicable.
What is a prerequisite? What is a corequisite?
A prerequisite is a course which must be completed prior to enrolling in a class. A corequisite is a course which may be completed prior or concurrently. All course prerequisites and corequisites must be met in order to enroll. Prerequisites and corequisites are enforced by the registration system.
Prerequisites and corequisites can be found in the registration or class search functions in UCDAccess by clicking on the section link of the course and looking in either the “Enrollment Requirements” or “Description” box.
Why can’t I register?
There could be many reasons why you are unable to register. We recommend considering the following.
Am I required to take summer courses?
Taking courses in summer is not required by the Business School. If you decide to take courses in summer, please keep in mind that summer course offerings can be limited or may not be available. Additionally, summer semester is an accelerated term (8 weeks instead of 16 weeks). You should plan on taking fewer courses in summer compared to a fall or spring semester.
Am I required to meet with an academic advisor?
Newly admitted MS Accounting and MS International Business students are required to meet with an advisor before enrolling in their first term. For all other graduate business programs, meeting with an advisor is recommended but not required.
How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor?
You can schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling 303-315-8110. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday and can either be in-person or over the phone.
How can I contact an advisor via email?
For assistance via email, you may contact anyone in the graduate advising team through their individual email. You can also email our general address, firstname.lastname@example.org, which is monitored daily by the advising team. We strive to return emails within one to two business days. During peak advising times, priority is given to registration and enrollment needs.
In what format are classes taught?
The Business School offers campus (in-person), online (instruction through computer only), and hybrid (combination of campus and online) classes. Keep in mind that not all courses will be available in all three formats. Many courses might have only one format option in a given semester.
If you are an international student, you will need to enroll in at least one campus or hybrid class each fall or spring semester, depending on your visa type. If you have questions, please check with International Student Scholar Services (ISSS).
My question isn’t about my degree requirements. Can advisors still help?
Yes! While we will not be able to address content in areas outside of graduate business academic advising, we can connect you to the appropriate university resource such as Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursar, International Student Scholar Services, and other offices.