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Admissions for the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program

Admission Philosophy
Students are selected on the basis of past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, and, where possible, individual interviews. We select students who show high intellectual achievement, creativity, independence, and strong motivation to become successful scientists. Our Program recognizes that students who are attracted to a career in genetics and genomics can have highly varied backgrounds.

Admission Course Requirements
Although there are no formal undergraduate course requirements, students with a solid undergraduate foundation in mathematics and biological and chemical sciences have performed best in the Program. It is suggested that applicants have completed courses in biology, chemistry (general and organic), physics, genetics, calculus, and statistics before entering the Program. You may review the Ph.D. Training Program in Human Medical Genetics and Genomics by going to the HMGGP Handbook.

Admission Examination Requirements
Applicants should have a combined Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score in the 25th percentile or higher. A GRE subject test is not required but will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Official examination scores must be reported directly to the HSC Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. CU GRE school code number is R4877; Department code is Genetics 0210.

International applicants must provide GRE and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.
TOEFL has now instituted internet based testing with three possibilities for TOEFL scores: paper, computer, and internet. All three delivery methods have different scoring scales. Although there are minimal scores of 550, 230, and 80 respectively, the recommended acceptable scores for each delivery method are:

Paper – 570
Computer – 230
Internet – 89

Admission Application
Students interested in applying to the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program at CU should complete Part I and Part II of the Application, and the Residency Form (this must be completed regardless of whether or not you intend to claim Colorado residency). In addition, students should arrange to have two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended and three (3) letters of reference sent directly to the Program office. GRE and TOEFL scores should be reported directly to the University of Colorado Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. Foreign applicants must also complete the Financial Disclosure form if they are bringing spouse or other family members.

Contact information for the Graduate School and Human Medical Genetics And Genomics Program are in the left column.

Applicants must complete and submit their application on-line by going through the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School website and following the application process. (Application must indicate that you are applying to the Human Medical Genetics And Genomics Program.)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline each year?
December 1

What is the GRE code for the University of Colorado, Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program?

GRE code: 4875

Will you accept the MCAT scores instead of the GREs?

Yes, however, we prefer to have the GREs.

Do you require the GRE subject exam?

No, but a good score in the subject exam would be positive for the application.

Does the program award master's degrees?

No, we are a PhD-granting program. Master's degrees are not awarded generally.

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
      • Requested test scores to be sent directly from Education Testing Service to the University of Colorado (Institutional Code 4875) A subject code is not required.
      • Submit TWO official copies of your transcripts from each college or university attended. Official copies must be sent directly from the college or university attended. Those submitted by the student will not be accepted.
      • 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 weekends in February. 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. 9 applicants are invited for an interview weekend that starts Thursday night and runs through Sunday morning.
I received an invitation for an interview. What do I need to do next?
The Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program Administrator will contact you about your travel and make arrangements convenient for you. All travel arrangements are handled by the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program. The Human Medical Genetics and Genomics  Program covers expenses for transportation, lodging, and meal expenses during your travel and visit. The Human Medical Genetics and Genomics 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 weekend?

The events typically include an informal welcome with several current students on Thursday evening, Friday interviews, and informal Friday and Saturday activities. Friday begins with a continental breakfast with current students and faculty. After an overview of the program, 5-8 interviews are scheduled, along with a lunch with current students, and a tour of campus and scientific facilities. Friday evening, several current Human Medical Genetics and Genomics students host you at dinner. On Saturday, current students coordinate interesting activities in and around Denver. Saturday evening, there is a poster session of current students' research followed by a buffet dinner with all visiting prospective students, faculty and current students.

Are there vegetarian options for the meals?

Yes, vegetarian diets are accommodated.

What can I expect during the interviews?

The interviews are one-on-one talks with the professors, Admissions Committee faculty, and student Admissions representatives. 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, but it isn't customary. 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 Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program?

Yes, our graduate students play an important and integral part in coordinating our interview weekends. Your Friday escort can answer your questions about the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics 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.