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Application and Admission to the Immunology Graduate Program


Admission & Recruitment



The Immunology Graduate Program offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree through the Graduate School of the University of Colorado Denver. Graduate training leading to the Ph.D. degree includes 30 credit hours of formal course work, three (3) laboratory rotations, an oral comprehensive examination, 30 credit hours of dissertation research, and a final defense of the dissertation. Participation in seminars, journal and data clubs, and laboratory meetings are also an integral part of the Program. The program of study is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive background and training in Immunology. Studies towards a Ph.D. degree are completed in 4 to 6 years, with the student joining a thesis laboratory after three rotations (~1 year) in the program.

Admission is based on an evaluation by a Graduate Program committee comprised of Department of Immunology and Microbiology faculty. Review begins in early December. The Admissions Committee weighs many factors including the applicant's undergraduate scholastic record, prior performance in laboratory research, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and GRE scores.

Top candidates will be selected for a personal interview, which will occur in January. Out of state applicants arrive in Denver on Sunday before the interview and stay in Denver through Tuesday night. The Department covers travel and accommodation expenses. During the interview process, a number of faculty will discuss their current research. In addition, the applicant will outline their interests in Immunology. Applicants will also meet with a number of graduate students currently in the program.

Faculty evaluations of interviews, with input from graduate students, are used by the Admissions Committee to make final admission recommendations to the Graduate School.

Application Process

Applications should include the following information:
(Applications are accepted only through the Graduate School's on-line application.​)
One (1) transcript of all academic work completed to date. A student-issued transcript in a sealed envelope is acceptable for the application review. Official transcripts are required at time of admission. To be official, the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the Immunology Graduate Program.

Three letters of recommendation (3) from individuals such as college professors, who are familiar with your academic and/or laboratory achievements. Such letters should be sent directly to the Graduate Program from the individual providing the reference via the on-line application.​

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. The student should attain a score of at least 550. The code for the institution is also 4875.

There is a $50 application fee for domestic applicants and a $75 application fee for international applicants. Both are non-refundable.

DEADLINE: Application submission opens September 1 and the final deadline is December 1 for all materials to be received. Applications received after December 1 may not be considered. Following the receipt of completed material, successful applicants are invited for interviews in January. Please visit the Graduate School website for complete instructions.

Contact Information

The Department of Immunology Graduate Program Administrator, Michele Parsons, may be contacted using the information listed below:
Email - Michele Parsons (
Phone - 303-724-0107
Mail - Michele Parsons, Program Administrator, Basic Science Graduate Programs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12800 E. 19th Ave., RC1N-9112
Aurora, CO 80045