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.
An applicant for admission must submit the following:
- Part I and Part II of the Graduate School application (combined in the on-line application)
- Two (2) official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. To be consider "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the CU graduate program
- A $65 non-refundable application fee [credit card (on-line only), check, or money order]. No application will be processed unless this fee is paid
- Four (4) letters of recommendation. (NOTE: some programs require three letters)
- GRE test scores (or equivalent) and other materials as required by specific programs. Use GRE code 4877
- TOEFL scores and financial support verification (international students)
- State of Colorado residency form (part of the on-line application)
All application materials (with the exception of GRE, TOEFL, or other test scores) should be sent directly to the program. Application deadlines vary by program. Check the application deadline table for all graduate program deadlines. All credentials presented for admission become the property of the University of Colorado.