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Admissions Information

Admissions Philosophy

Student are considered and selected on the basis of past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, recommendations and individual interviews.  While previous experience in Microbiology coursework and research is helpful, the Microbiology graduate program welcomes applicants with varied backgrounds.  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 Microbiology Student Handbook can be found here

 Entrance Requirements

Students are selected on the basis of past academic performance and, where possible, individual interviews. We select students who show intellectual vigor, independence, and strong motivation to become creative and successful scientists. The faculty recognizes that students who are attracted to a career in microbiology come from highly varied backgrounds. Although there are no specific undergraduate course requirements, students with a good undergraduate foundation in math and the biological and chemical sciences have performed best in the Program. It is suggested that applicants have completed courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology before entering the Program.
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

 How to Apply


 To apply for admission applicants must submit the following: 

  1. Online Graduate School application
  2. Two (2) official transcripts 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:

Attn: Deanne Sylvester
Program Administrator Microbiology Graduate Program

12801 E 17th Ave, MS 8116
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-3244


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.  

  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation. 
  2. GRE test scores. Use GRE code 4875. 
  3. TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only). 
  4. State of Colorado residency form (part of the on-line application).

If you have any questions, please contact our Graduate Program Administrator, Deanne Sylvester at or 303-724-3244.


Financial Aid

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 2013-2014 academic year is $27,000, 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.