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University of Colorado Denver

Colorado School of Public Health

MS and PhD in Epidemiology 

Admissions Requirements 

Application Deadline: February 1

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Admissions Requirements:
    • Online Application: Complete the online application at the provided link. You must complete the online application form within 60 days of the date you start it. All supporting documentation for your application must be received by the above application deadline.
    • A bachelor's degree, master's degree or higher. It is encouraged that the degree be in a related field (public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health sciences, nursing, etc.), or MD, DVM, DO.
    • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale), and a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale).
    • Coursework prerequisites (at the undergraduate level or above)
      • Two semesters (3 quarters) of calculus
      • One semester of organic chemistry
      • Prior coursework in epidemiology, biological sciences, and public health at the under-graduate level or above is required, and will have to be approved by the Program Director. Students without sufficient epidemiology, public health or biological training may be accepted into the program contingent upon the completion of specified sciences courses prior to matriculation or within an approved period of time after admission (e.g. EPID 6630, PUBH 6600, or equivalent).
    • Two official copies of all academic transcripts.
    • Original reports of GRE scores from the analytic, quantitative and verbal sections. Physician applicants may submit MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
    • Four letters of reference from professors, supervisors or other individuals qualified to comment on past performance and the ability to perform doctoral-level graduate work.
    • Essays describing the applicant's career goals and reasons for applying to the program.
    • $65 Application fee
Additional International Admissions Requirements:
    • International applicants must have a transcript evaluation from an accredited company such as World Education Services,
    • International applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Original reports are required and must be sent directly from issuing institution. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission to a graduate program at UCD is 550 (paper test) / 213 (computer test). A score of 570 (paper) / 230 (computer) or higher is preferred.
    • International Student Financial Form.
Mailing Address:

Colorado School of Public Health
Office of Student Affairs
13001 E. 17th Place, B119
Aurora, CO 80045


For more information concerning MS/PhD Admissions, contact the Office of Student Affairs at or 303.724.4613



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