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What to Expect

Students seeking admission into our program should have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent and have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Foreign students must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A baccalaureate degree in either a biological science, chemistry, physics or engineering is recommended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take an undergraduate level biochemistry course. Students will be more favorably viewed for admission if they have Graduate Record Examination percentiles of 65 or higher. There is no absolute requirement for grade point average above that required by the graduate school, but successful applicants will generally have GPAs above 3.2 (A=4.0). Undergraduate research experience is strongly recommended. Students with deficiencies may be admitted, but these must be rectified during the first year.


Application Procedures

An applicant for admission must submit the following:

  1. Online CU Denver Graduate School application (included in the application is the Research Statement, Professional Background, and Future Goals Statement, and Colorado residency form).
  2. One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be consider "official", the transcript must come from the issuing institution directly to the graduate program at:

    UCD Graduate Admissions
    Campus Box 163, PO Box 173364
    1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1250, Denver, CO 80205-3364

  3. A non-refundable application fee, $50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants [credit card (on-line only), check, or money order]. No application will be processed unless this fee is paid

  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. GRE test scores (or equivalent) and other materials as required by specific programs. The GRE General Test or the Revised General Test will be accepted.  Use GRE code 4875.
  6. TOEFL scores and financial support verification (international students). Use Institution Code 4877. 

The UCDenver Graduate School online application will be available starting September 1st.  The application must be complete and supporting materials received by December 1 for consideration for entry. Graduate program application deadlines do vary, so please check with each respective program for their deadline. All credentials presented for admission become the property of the University of Colorado. ​

Those applicants who are selected to interview will be invited to attend one of our Graduate school recruiting weekends in February. The CSD program will arrange and provide lodging, transportation, and meals during the recruiting weekends.  A rough weekend itinerary is as follows:

     Fly to / arrive in Denver Thursday

     Interview with approximately 6 faculty members on Friday & enjoy dinner with CSD students

     Tour Denver on Saturday, attend a research poster session and Graduate School banquet

     Return home on Sunday morning