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Biomedical Sciences Program

Application Requirements

Recommended Coursework in Undergraduate Studies

The Graduate School requires completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average. The admissions committee considers the student's cumulative and science GPA's and the types of courses taken as indicators of readiness for graduate work. Competitive candidates have strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physical science, and mathematics. Completed coursework should include organic chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, and/or calculus. Coursework in two or more of the following subjects is recommended: physical chemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, developmental biology, virology, immunology, and physiology.

Official transcripts from every institution you (the applicant) attended are required with your application. This includes transcripts from institutions regardless if a degree was earned (i.e. community colleges, transfers, etc.) Please have one (1) copy of your official transcript(s) sent from the school directly to Shanelle Felder at the address below. Transcripts sent to and/or handled by the student prior to arrival will be considered unofficial.

One Official Transcript from every institution you attended.

We require transcripts from every institution you’ve attended, regardless if a degree was earned. Please have an official copy sent according to the following instructions:

Mail Official transcript(s) to:
University of Colorado Denver-Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 163 
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217

DHL, FEDEX transcript(s) to: 
University of Colorado Denver-Graduate Admissions
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204

E-transcripts can be sent to:


You can also choose to Attn: your transcript to the program you’re applying to. 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE is no longer required for admissions.

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required as part of the application. By indicating your three (3) references on your application, they will be notified via email* to submit their letter of recommendation for you online. 

The Admission Committee assigns considerable weight to these letters in assessing a student's qualifications and probable success as a scientist. It is advantageous to have letters submitted by faculty who are well acquainted with the applicant's academic performance, research experience, and achievement potential.

Research Experience

Undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate research experience is a highly recommended component of a student's preparation for graduate work in the sciences and will strengthen an application.

International Students

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 (IELTS). Please see this website for appropriate TOEFL or IELT scores. The code for the institution is also 4875.

Students with international transcripts will need to have their transcripts evaluated by our International Office. We no longer accept WES evaluations with the application. Please have any and all international transcripts sent to the Biomedical Sciences Program a minimum of two weeks prior to the December 1 deadline to ensure that your transcripts are evaluated before the deadline. Your application could be considered incomplete without a proper evaluation.

Applications will open September 1, and all application and supplemental materials are due no later than December 1. Applications received after December 1 may not be considered. Following the receipt of completed material, successful applicants are invited for interviews in February.

BSP accepts a limited number of students each year and there are very few fellowships available for international students. We advise international students to consider applying through individual programs on our campus. Since tuition and fees are paid for and a stipend is received for all students, a financial affidavit showing adequate funds to live and study in the United States is not required during the application process. However, if an admitted student is bringing a family with them, then the International Office will require this information. Please refer to:


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