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Pharmacology PhD Program

Application Requirements

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Application Fee - $50 for domestic applicants; $75 for international applicants. Both are non-refundable.

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 Anschutz Medical Campus graduate program. Use the following address:

University of Colorado Denver—Anschutz Medical Campus
Graduate School
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:

Coursework: Although not an absolute requirement, competitive candidates will typically have completed undergraduate coursework in molecular biology, chemistry (general and organic), biochemistry, physics, and mathematics through calculus.

Four (4) Letters of Recommendation from individuals such as college professors, who are familiar with your academic and/or laboratory achievements. Recommendation letters can be submitted via the on-line application.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – GRE is not required, but we will accept GRE scores if the applicant wishes to submit them. The University of Colorado GRE code is 4875. The GRE testing service can be accessed on-line at: For the Program to be able to receive official scores by the application deadline (December 1), students should take the exam no later than November 1. GRE subject tests are not required.

Essays: You will be required to provide (upload) three essays with your application. There is no minimum page, font size, or margins requirement. The three essays include:

  1. Past Work: Describe your past work in your proposed or allied fields of study, including educational and non-course educational experiences, lab research, teaching or other relevant employment, publications, theses, research in progress, or other scholarly activities.
  2. Statement of Purpose: Describe your motivation and plans for graduate study and a professional career, and discuss how this program will contribute to them.
  3. Resume or CV: Upload a resume to support your application.

International Students

Students whose native language is not English or who have completed their studies at an institution where English was not the language of instruction, must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting scores of the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent (IELTS). Please see this website for appropriate TOEFL or IELT scores. The code for the institution is also 4875.

Students with international transcripts will need to have their transcripts evaluated by our International Office. We no longer accept WES evaluations with the application. Please have any and all international transcripts sent to the Pharmacology Graduate Program a minimum of two weeks prior to the December 1 deadline to ensure that your transcripts are evaluated before the deadline. Your application could be considered incomplete without a proper evaluation.

Applications will open September 1, and all application and supplemental materials are due no later than December 1. Applications received after December 1 may not be considered. Following the receipt of completed material, successful applicants are invited for interviews in February.


David Port, Program Director
Email: David Port, Ph.D.
Shanelle Felder, Program Administrator
Voice: 303-724-3565 | Fax: 303-724-3663 |
12800 E. 19th Avenue, Mail Stop 8303, Research Complex 1 North Tower, Room 6106, Aurora, CO 80045

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