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Department of Bioengineering


Graduate Program Admissions

Bioengineering is a highly interdisciplinary field. We welcome applicants from a wide variety of training backgrounds, including life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, mathematics, and computer programming. For any MS/PhD Bioengineering questions please contact Shayla Fitzgerald at​ or 303-724-5893.

  • Application for Fall 2017 will open Sept. 1, 2016 with a priority deadline of Dec. 1, 2016 for the PhD and Feb. 1, 2017 for the MS. The final deadline is Jan. 15, 2017 for the PhD and March 15, 2017 for the MS. Application decisions for the PhD will be made in late February, and decisions for the MS will be made in late March.
  • Applicants will hold degrees in a STEM discipline with three semesters of calculus, linear algebra and differential equations.
  • Minimum GPA = 3.0; minimum GRE 160/156/4.5 Q/V/A
  • Apply online with transcripts, essay questions, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and applicant background survey
  • Offers will be sent in early spring

NOTE: Written application materials submitted are scanned for plagiarism and are added to a local database used for plagiarism detection.​​


We welcome a new class of MS and PhD students each August for fall semester. Please pay close attention to the following application dates and deadlines for Fall 2017.

  • Application is available online – September 1, 2016
  • PhD Priority Deadline – December 1, 2016
  • PhD Regular Deadline – January 15, 2017
  • MS Priority Deadline – February 1, 2017
  • MS Regular Deadline – March 15, 2017

In order to be considered for a recruitment weekend visit in February, PhD applications must be complete by December 1, 2016.

We strongly encourage international students to apply to either program as soon as possible, but preferably by January 15, 2017. Later applications have resulted in visa delays that have prevented students from starting on time.


 Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Completion of a bachelor degree from an accredited United States institution or comparable international degree
  • Prior GPA in most recent degree of 3.0 (B) or higher
  • Three semesters of calculus, linear algebra and differential equations with additional training or equivalent experience in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, computer programming

You must demonstrate to the Admissions Committee that you are prepared for graduate-level coursework and research in mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and programming. It helps to demonstrate a strong research or entrepreneurial interest in bridging the work of medicine and engineering.

In very special cases, an applicant who lacks recommended undergraduate-level training may be accepted on the condition that the recommended background courses are taken prior to enrolling in graduate-level courses.

 How To Apply

Applications are accepted online only. You will provide data about you, your academic & professional background and your recommenders. You must upload all required documents except official transcripts (mailed) and official scores (electronic submission). You do not have to complete your application in one sitting, but you must submit it before your recommenders will receive links to submit their letters. To start your application, please visit the Apply Online portal.

A complete application will consist of:

  • Online application – submitted online
  • Essay questions – uploaded
  • Applicant background survey – uploaded
  • Resume – uploaded
  • Official transcripts (one from every institution attended) – mailed
  • Official GRE scores – submitted from ETS
  • Three letters of recommendation – submitted electronically

It may also include:

  • Tuition Classification Form (for those claiming in-state eligibility)
  • Non-Academic Suspension Supplement
  • Suspension/Expulsion Form
  • Criminal History Supplement

Transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School:

USPS Address:
Graduate School
Campus Box 163, PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

UPS, FedEX Address:
Graduate School
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204

Currently, we prefer paper copies of transcripts, but if your registrar must send them electronically, please direct them to

You must pay an application fee of $50 (domestic) or $75 (international). It is payable online by credit card. You may submit applications to up to three different programs for that fee by selecting "Pay by Check" on subsequent applications.

If you have technical questions about your application, please contact te Graduate School via email at​ or by phone at 303-315-5843.


 International students

Because there will be extra evaluation and documentation involved in your application, we strongly recommend that you apply no later than January 15 for either the MS or PhD programs. This will increase the probability that you will be able to complete the visa application process in time to matriculate in the fall semester.

You will work closely with the Office of International Affairs​ on such matters as foreign credential evaluation, financial statements, and student visa eligibility. Please be responsive to them.

We also strongly recommend that you apply for scholarships from your home country for study abroad in the United States. International students with scholarships will receive priority consideration.



We offer a dual MS-BIOE/MBA in partnership with the Business School. Please contact either program for more information and advising. You do not have to apply to both programs at the same time, but you must not graduate from either one before completing both degrees. There is a question on the application where you can indicate your interest in this great opportunity.


 Standardized Tests


All applicants* must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submit scores & percentiles for verbal, quantitative and analytical components. A subject test is not required. Official scores must be submitted directly from ETS to the Office of Admission and must be no more than five years old. Please use the following institution code:

  • Institution Name: U Colorado Denver – 4875

We do not enforce a strict cut-off score, but our preferred minimum GRE scores are 156/72% verbal, 160/84% quantitative, and 4.5 analytical on the current scale or 550 verbal, 760 quantitative, 4.5 analytical on the previous scale.

* MSTP students may submit MCAT scores and dual MS-MBA students may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.


All applicants whose undergraduate language of instruction is not English must submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS. Official scores must be submitted directly from ETS to the Office of Admission and must be no more than two years old. Please use the following institution code:

  • Institution Name: U Colorado Denver – 4875

We do not enforce a strict cut-off score, but our preferred minimum is 213 CBT/550 PBT/79 iBT on the TOEFL or 7 on the IELTS.


 Application Fee

The application fee is currently $50 for domestic or $75 for international students. It is payable online by credit card. You may submit applications to up to three different programs for that fee by selecting "Pay by Check" on subsequent applications.


 Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation; a fourth is optional. Please request at least two letters from recommenders familiar with your academic performance. If your background includes research, industry employment, military service, volunteer work, entrepreneurial activity, or other significant achievement, please request letters from recommenders familiar with those experiences.

You must provide your recommenders’ email addresses as they will receive invitations to submit their letters via a secure weblink. This email will only be issued once when you submit your application.

A good letter of recommendation will:

  • Be very specific to you and your aptitude for this program;
  • Be written on letterhead;
  • Be signed.

If your recommender loses the message, please contact​ to have it reissued.


 Essay Questions

As part of your application process, you will upload a document with responses to the following questions. Take care in formatting your document and remember to include your name at the top of the document and in the filename.
Summarize your academic preparation in math, physics, life sciences, engineering, business and computer programming (75-125 words).

Discuss your research and/or work experience relevant to your graduate career plans in bioengineering. For example, describe your projects, research or publications (125-250 words).

Explain why you are interested in a professional career in bioengineering and how joining our department for your graduate study will advance your goals (125-250 words).

In a personal statement, please tell us about yourself, both on and off-duty as a bioengineer (250-500 words).

You will also be asked if you have contacted faculty members or others in the department.