Students are selected on the basis of past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, and, where possible, individual interviews. We select students who show high intellectual achievement, creativity, independence, and strong motivation to become successful scientists. Our Program recognizes that students who are attracted to a career in genetics and genomics can have highly varied backgrounds.
Admission Course Requirements
Although there are no formal undergraduate course requirements, students with a solid undergraduate foundation in mathematics and biological and chemical sciences have performed best in the Program. It is suggested that applicants have completed courses in biology, chemistry (general and organic), physics, genetics, calculus, and statistics before entering the Program. You may review the Ph.D. Training Program in Human Medical Genetics and Genomics by going to the HMGGP Handbook.
Admission Examination Requirements
Applicants should have a combined Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score in the 25th percentile or higher. A GRE subject test is not required but will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Official examination scores must be reported directly to the HSC Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. CU GRE school code number is R4877; Department code is Genetics 0210.
International applicants must provide GRE and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.
TOEFL has now instituted internet based testing with three possibilities for TOEFL scores: paper, computer, and internet. All three delivery methods have different scoring scales. Although there are minimal scores of 550, 230, and 80 respectively, the recommended acceptable scores for each delivery method are:
Paper – 570
Computer – 230
Internet – 89
Students interested in applying to the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program at CU should complete Part I and Part II of the Application, and the Residency Form (this must be completed regardless of whether or not you intend to claim Colorado residency). In addition, students should arrange to have two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended and three (3) letters of reference sent directly to the Program office. GRE and TOEFL scores should be reported directly to the University of Colorado Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. Foreign applicants must also complete the Financial Disclosure form if they are bringing spouse or other family members.
Contact information for the Graduate School and Human Medical Genetics And Genomics Program are in the left column.
Applicants must complete and submit their application on-line by going through the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School website and following the application process. (Application must indicate that you are applying to the Human Medical Genetics And Genomics Program.)