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Declaring or Changing a Major or Certificate

Academics and Research



Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-102, et seq. authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees retain authority to approve, interpret, and administer policies pertaining to the governance of the University. The Trustees grant authority to the President of MSU Denver to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the operation of the University.

Purpose: This policy describes the declaration of major and certificate process.

Applies to: This policy applies to degree- and certificate-seeking students.

Roles and Responsibilities

Responsible Executive: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Responsible Administrator: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness

Responsible Office: Provost's Office

Policy Contact: Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, 303-615-1900

Policy Statement

New students indicate their intended major or certificate program on the MSU Denver Application for Admission. While students may select “Undeclared” as a major at the time of admission, all degree-seeking students must declare a major before completion of 45 credits. Degree-seeking students who transfer in more than 45 credits must declare a major before registering for a second semester.

Degree-seeking students who wish to change a major and students pursuing a certificate program must complete a Declaration/Change of Major form, which is available from the major department or from the Office of Academic Advising, prior to the graduation deadline in the semester in which they wish to graduate or receive a certificate. Non-degree-seeking students who wish to declare a major must first change to degree-seeking status by completing a Change of Status form with the Office of Admissions.

Policy History

Effective: March 2018, July 2012, March 1995

Revisions: Revised March 2018 to require students to declare a certificate program prior to the graduation deadline in the semester the student completes the certificate. Policy revised 2012 to require declaration of major before completion of 45 credit hours.

Source: University Catalog,

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