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Applying to the Program in Reproductive Sciences

Students applying for admission to the Program in Reproductive Science (RPSC) should have a Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, and have taken the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants typically have achieved a GRE score of at least 1200 for combined verbal and quantitative exams for GREs taken prior to August 1, 2011, and a combined score of 300 for GREs taken after August 1, 2011.  Analytical Writing scores of 3.5 or higher are recommended. However, the GRE is only one component of evaluations and lower scores do not disqualify an applicant. Specific Subject Test Scores are not required. 

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. 

Applicants should have taken chemistry, biochemistry, biology, molecular biology or a related subject at the undergraduate level. Courses in developmental biology, genetics and physics are desirable but not required.

Three application mechanisms are available for students interested in pursuing Ph.D. training in the Program in Reproductive Sciences:

  1. Applicants may apply directly to the Program.
  2. Applicants may apply to the umbrella program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Students who select a mentor who is a member of Reproductive Sciences may join the RPSC program in their second year.
  3. Applicants may apply to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Students who select a mentor who is a member of RPSC may join the RPSC program in their third year.

Details of the Admission process

Because the Biomedical Sciences Program and the Medical Scientist Training Program have a limited number of positions available, we encourage students who are interested in the areas of research within the Graduate Program in Reproductive Science to also apply directly to RPSC.
Students must submit an online application.  Applications are not accepted by mail.

Application Requirements for the Program in Reproductive Sciences:

  • Completed online University of Colorado Denver application: Click here for application. (included in the application are the Professional Background/Resume, Research Statement, Future Goals Statement, and the Colorado residency form)
  • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be consider "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the RPSC graduate program at:

    Jennifer Thurston
    Mail Stop 8108
    12801 East 17th Avenue
    Aurora, CO 80045

  • three or more letters of reference
  • application fee ($50 US students; $75 international students)
  • GRE scores, submitted directly by the GRE to Institution Code 4875
  • TOEFL scores required for international applicants, submitted with Institution Code 4877

    ​Applications will be available online starting on September 1.  Applications and supporting materials must be received by December 1, 2013 for admission in August 2014; earlier submissions are encouraged. Successful applicants will be interviewed during recruitment weekends in February.  The two recruiting weekends for 2014 are February 7 - 8 and February 21 - 22.    Lodging, food and travel for interviewed applicants will be arranged and provided by the program. International applicants will be interviewed by phone or asked to interview with one of our colleagues in their region. Accepted applicants will be notified shortly after interviewing and must notify us of their acceptance, or rejection, of our offer for admission by April 15. ​​​