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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline each year?
December 1. All materials and supporting documents must be received by this date.

Do you require the GRE exam?

Does the program award master's degrees?
No, we are a PhD-granting program. Master's degrees are not typically awarded.
New! The Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology Master's program offers an Immunology and Microbiology track.

What does my completed application need?
•    Completed application form (Online ​Application)​
•    Include application fee information
•    Upload Statement of Purpose, CV, academic and non-academic experience
•    Submit one copy of your transcripts from each college or university attended. Official copies must be            sent directly from the college or university attended and are required upon matriculation to the 
•    THREE letters of recommendation

I submitted my application, now what?
The Admissions Committee will review your application file and decide whether to offer you an interview at our interview event normally held in January. If you do not receive an invitation or a letter of decline, your application is put on a waitlist. The Committee has until April 15 to notify you of their decision. Usually, 12 to 15 applicants are invited for an interview event that starts Sunday and runs through Wednesday morning.

I received an invitation for an interview. What do I need to do next?
The Immunology Program Administrator will contact you about your travel and how to make arrangements convenient for you. Lodging is arranged by the Immunology Program Administrator. The Immunology Program covers expenses for transportation, lodging, and meals during your travel and visit. The Immunology Program may reimburse you for some out-of-pocket travel expenses; guidelines for reimbursement will be included in your interview packet.

What happens during the interview event?
The events typically include an informal welcome with several current students on Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday interviews. Sunday will be spent with current students on campus followed by an informal dinner at a student's home. Monday begins with a continental breakfast with the Program Director who gives an overview of the program.   This is followed by individual interviews and a tour of National Jewish Health. The afternoon includes lunch with students on the Anschutz campus, additional interviews and a campus tour. Monday evening, a dinner is held at a faculty member’s home, where you may meet and chat with additional students and faculty you did not get to meet during the day. On Tuesday morning, select faculty lead scientific discussion groups, and recruits give chalk talks about their research. This is followed by lunch and a poster session.  Tuesday afternoon is spent in and around Denver with interesting activities coordinated by current students. 

Are special dietary needs accommodated?
Yes, dietary needs are taken into consideration and alternatives are provided.

What can I expect during the interviews?
The interviews are one-on-one talks with the Immunology faculty and Admissions Committee faculty. They last 30 minutes long. You may bring any additional information you would like to share. Current students will escort you to and from your interviews.

What should I wear to my interview?
Most candidates wear nice slacks or pants paired with a nice shirt or sweater. You may wear a suit if you would like, but it isn't required. Keep in mind comfort and fluctuating temperatures and weather.

Will I be able to talk with other graduate students about their experience in the University of Colorado Immunology Program?
Yes, our graduate students play an important and integral part in coordinating our interview events. Your  escort can answer questions about the Immunology Program and give you the "inside scoop" about their experience here. Candidates will have the opportunity to attend dinners, social events, and see highlights of Denver, all arranged by our current students.