The Korbel Perspective: Meet five of our current MA students

This week, we would like to highlight our recent YouTube video campaign: The Korbel Perspective. Featured in these short films are five of our first year MA students hailing from Virginia, Colorado, Alabama, Delaware and California. Take Porscha for example, who is pursuing our Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration degree through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program. She choose this program to gather practical skill sets and has loaded her plate with four classes a quarter and a part-time job in an effort to maximize her time here. Or Fred Oelsner, our Colorado native who is enrolled in our International Development program. Fred takes three classes because four classes seems pretty “intense” in addition to his part-time job. Post graduation, Fred hopes to work with a smaller NGO, focused on environmental policy issues.

How many hours of reading should you expect per week?
Why did you choose the Josef Korbel School?
What advice do these students have for incoming students?

Hear our student’s responses:

Porscha Stiger, MA Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program
Fred Oelsner, MA International Development
Stephanie Selekman MA International Human Rights
Nick Duckworth, MA International Administration through the Peace Corps Master’s International Program
Clifton Martin, MA International Studies

Don’t see an MA International Security perspective? Hold tight – we are filming this one next week and will post it soon!
In the meantime, to learn more about our student body, check out our current Josef Korbel School student profiles.

Enjoy the weekend,

Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Policy changes for the 2011 application cycle

Each summer, we revisit some of our admission policies that we feel have become outdated. This year, there are two changes to our policies which will have implications for the admission process. The policy changes are discussed further below, along with a rationale for making a change. If you have questions about these, or other admission policies at the Josef Korbel School, please contact me at We strive to be honest and upfront with what we require and why we require it.

Three year degrees:

Old Policy: All applicants to the Josef Korbel School needed to complete a four year bachelor’s degree. Applicants with a three year bachelor’s degree were not considered for admission.

New Policy: The Josef Korbel School of International Studies will consider applicants to the Master of Arts Degrees and the PHD degree who hold three-year bachelor’s degrees provided they meet the following criteria:

Requirements for three year degree holders applying to the MA degree

  1. IBT TOEFL score of 100 or higher (Paper based TOEFL of 600 or higher, ILETS of 7.5 or higher) for non native English Speakers.
  2. Three year bachelor’s degree GPA must equate to a “B” or better. This will be determined by the University of Denver’s Office of International Admission.

Requirements for three year degree holders applying to the PhD degree

  1. IBT TOEFL score of 100 or higher for non native English Speakers (non-three year degree IBT minimum is 95).
  2. Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree. Applicants who have yet to receive a Master’s degree are still eligible to apply for the PhD program provided they have fulfilled the requirements for the MA degree prior to matriculation for the term to which they applied.

Rationale for policy change: Our world is an increasingly complex place where one model of education is no longer the norm. By opening our applicant pool to three year degree holders we are acknowledging the fact that formal education does not need to follow the American model. European nations, Pakistan and India have been utilizing a three year degree for years and have produced outstanding leaders in the international arena. We will continue to take a holistic approach to reviewing applications in which we look closely at not only transcripts, but also applicants’ resumes, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, GRE scores and when necessary, tests of English language proficiency.


Old Policy: Applicants could submit the GMAT in place of the GRE.

New Policy: Effective July 1, 2010 the GMAT will not be considered in place of the GRE exam. All applicants must submit an official GRE score.

Rationale for policy: The GMAT does an excellent job of predicting if students will be successful in business school. The Josef Korbel School is not a business school. We are a school of international studies that requires an advanced level of reading comprehension. We believe the GRE is the best standardized test for predicting applicants’ ability to be successful in our program.

Brad Miller

Director of Graduate Admissions

Josef Korbel School