The goal of the Cancer Biology Program is to train outstanding research scientists, academicians and educators who will become future leaders in cancer biology. To accomplish this goal, students are selected who have strong academic records and
a demonstrated aptitude, commitment and passion for scientific research. Applicants are considered based on past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, recommendations and individual interviews. Students most likely to
succeed have traditionally been those with intellectual achievement and creativity, first-hand understanding of laboratory research, and a strong personal desire and motivation to progress in their scientific training. The Cancer Biology Student
Handbook can be found here.
The Cancer Biology graduate program welcomes applicants from varied backgrounds, however applicants with a good undergraduate background in math and the biological and chemical sciences are most competitive and have performed best in the Program.
It is expected that students will have a strong foundation in general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology before entering the Program. In addition, successful applicants typically have undergraduate or postgraduate
research experience, although this need not be cancer related.
The Graduate School requires that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or its equivalent, and achieve a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Foreign applicants must
demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a score of at least 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT). Official GRE and TOEFL scores must be reported directly to
the UCD Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. The UCD Graduate School Code Number for the GRE and the TOEFL examinations is 4875. The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.gre.org.
How to Apply
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 1st.
To apply for admission applicants must submit the following:
- Online Graduate School application.
A $50.00 domestic and $75.00 international non-refundable application fee [credit card (on-line only), check, or money order]. No application will be processed unless this fee is paid.
- One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date.
To be considered "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the University of Colorado Denver Graduate Admissions. Use the following address:
Campus Box 163
PO Box 173364
1380 Lawrence Street Suite 1250
Denver, CO 80205-3364
Electronic Transcripts for all basic science graduate programs should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Three (3) letters of recommendation.
- The most informative letters will come from Professors who have mentored you in your research experiences. Professors who have taught science classes you have been enrolled in, or whom you have worked with in an advisory capacity, are also
good choices. We do not recommend that you ask postdocs, technicians or fellow students for letters. Likewise, members of the community are generally not good choices, as typically their understanding of biomedical PhD training, and hence
their ability to evaluate your potential, is limited.
- GRE test scores. Use GRE code 4875.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only).
- State of Colorado residency form (part of the on-line application).
Questions should be directed to:
Sabrena Heilman, Program Administrator
Office Phone: (303)724-3245
Departmental and research grant funds are used to provide all graduate students with a stipend and to pay the costs of tuition and fees as well as the student's individual health and dental insurance. The stipend for the 2017-2018 academic year
is $30,000, which is comparable to graduate programs of other universities in this region. Students can expect to receive continued financial support pending satisfactory progress in the Graduate Program. After one year of residency in Colorado,
students who are US citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible for in-state tuition rates.
International Applicants - Important Information
International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and also must provide:
- 1. Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or the equivalent as evaluated by the CU Denver Office of International Affairs;
- Financial and other documents as required by the International Student and Scholar Services Office to process immigration documents;
- A certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English, and
- Evidence of proficiency in English as defined in the University policy Official Measures of English Language Proficiency for Admission of International Students (effective July 1, 2012) by satisfying one of the following criteria:
- The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English, which includes Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland,
Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe; or
- The applicant obtains a composite score of 75 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, iBT) (minimum subscores of 15 in Reading, 14 in Listening, 19 in Speaking, and 20 in Writing) or a composite score of 6.5 or above on
the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum subscores of 5.5 in each area). Schools or Colleges, or individual graduate programs may require higher standards on these tests; or
- The applicant has graduated from the CU Denver’s ESL Academy; or
- The applicant has graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign institution where the language of instruction was English. (The applicant must provide a letter from the home institution verifying this information if the language
of instruction is not clearly indicated on the official academic transcript.); or
- The applicant has graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a US accredited school abroad where the language of instruction was English. (The applicant must provide a letter from the home institution verifying this information if the
language of instruction is not clearly indicated on the official academic transcript.); or
- The applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree in the US or has successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters (a minimum of 12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution in the US and obtained
a “B” (3.00) cumulative GPA or higher.
With the approval of the Program Director and Dissertation Mentor, current PhD students have the option of pursuing a Graduate Certificate. Certificates are designed to enhance knowledge in a specific subject area, and typically require up to 12
additional hours of course work. The Certificates currently approved by the Cancer Biology Graduate Program are:
CCTSI (Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute) Certificate in Clinical Translational Sciences:This program is designed to provide integration between current training in molecular, cellular, and/or behavioral science,
and whole body physiology and disease processes with clinical experience relevant to your field of study. Candidates will be co-mentored by faculty with basic science and clinical research experience. Current PhD students can complete the requirements
for this Certificate simultaneously with their PhD training. Visit the program page for more information.
Certificate in Biomedical Data Science:This program is designed to teach students to analyze and visualize biomedical data sets using appropriate tools and programs, and to understand and apply various machine learning techniques
and data analytics for solving real world biological problems. Current PhD students can complete the requirements for this Certificate simultaneously with their PhD training. Visit the program page for more information.