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Admission Philosophy

Student are considered and selected on the basis of past academic performance, previous research experience, recommendations, and individual interviews. While previous experience in structural biology and biochemistry coursework and research is helpful, the STBB 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 STBB 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 Structural Biology and Biochemistry 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 Structural Biology and Biochemistry Program requires that applicants achieve a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00, and recommends that applicants complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a score of at least 75 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT). Official GRE and TOEFL scores must be reported directly to the CU Denver | Anschutz Graduate School by the Educational Testing Service. The CU Denver | Anschutz 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. 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.

  3. One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date.
  4. To be considered "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the University of Colorado Denver Graduate Admissions. Use the following address:

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

    Electronic Transcripts for all basic science graduate programs should be sent to:

  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation.
    • The most informative letters will come from Professors who have mentored you in your research experiences. Professors who have taught science classes you have been enrolled in, or whom you have worked with in an advisory capacity, are also good choices. We do not recommend that you ask postdocs, technicians or fellow students for letters. Likewise, members of the community are generally not good choices, as typically their understanding of biomedical PhD training, and hence their ability to evaluate your potential, is limited.
  6. GRE test scores are optional but recommended. Use GRE code 4875.
  7. TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only).
  8. State of Colorado residency form (part of the on-line application).

Questions should be directed to:

Maia Evans, Program Administrator
Office Phone: (303)724-3102

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 2019-2020 academic year is $31,000, 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.

International Applicants - Important Information

International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and also must provide:

  1. 1. Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or the equivalent as evaluated by the CU Denver Office of International Affairs;
  2. Financial and other documents as required by the International Student and Scholar Services Office to process immigration documents;
  3. A certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English, and
  4. Evidence of proficiency in English as defined in the University policy Official Measures of English Language Proficiency for Admission of International Students (effective July 1, 2012) by satisfying one of the following criteria:
    1. The applicant is a citizen of a country whose official language is English, which includes Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe; or
    2. The applicant obtains a composite score of 75 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, iBT) (minimum subscores of 15 in Reading, 14 in Listening, 19 in Speaking, and 20 in Writing) or a composite score of 6.5 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum subscores of 5.5 in each area). Schools or Colleges, or individual graduate programs may require higher standards on these tests; or
    3. The applicant has graduated from the CU Denver’s ESL Academy; or
    4. The applicant has graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign institution where the language of instruction was English. (The applicant must provide a letter from the home institution verifying this information if the language of instruction is not clearly indicated on the official academic transcript.); or
    5. The applicant has graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a US accredited school abroad where the language of instruction was English. (The applicant must provide a letter from the home institution verifying this information if the language of instruction is not clearly indicated on the official academic transcript.); or
    6. The applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree in the US or has successfully completed a minimum of 2 semesters (a minimum of 12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution in the US and obtained a “B” (3.00) cumulative GPA or higher.

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