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The recruitment, retention, and support of students from underrepresented backgrounds is central to the Graduate School's mission. We strive to develop and promote efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion campus-wide. Application fee waivers are offered to eligible applicants.
The admissions committee of the Biomedical Sciences Program seeks students who show intellectual competence, independence, and strong motivation to become successful scientists. Applicants are ranked following
a composite review of completed applications, and the most competitive applicants are invited to campus for interviews.
Applications are accepted September 1 until December 1 of each year | All parts of the application must be received by the Program Administrator by December 1. Early completion of applications is highly recommended in case additional information is required by the Admissions Committee.
Select two (2) Programs | When you fill out your application, you will want to select two programs you are interested in, in order of your preference. These selections will not limit your research choices if admitted as a BSP student, but rather your selections will help us to find out more about your interests and ensure that when you interview, your visit will be as productive as possible.
We hold two interview weekends in February for invited applicants to meet with faculty and students in the Biomedical Science Program. We also organize a series of social events and information interactions to help each applicant decide if our program and school if right for them.
Completing your application | A majority of the fields on the application are required, so please fill out the application to the best of your knowledge. This does include the Tuition Classification Form. Although, you may not be a current Colorado Resident this document is required for the application.
If at any time you have a question about the application please contact us.
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.
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.
Transcripts | 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.). We
require transcripts from every institution you’ve attended, regardless if a degree was earned. For admissions review, a photocopy of an official transcript with the seal from the institution is sufficient. However, for enrollment, the graduate school requires an official copy sent from the institution directly. You can upload your photocopy to the application or you can have an official copy sent according to the following instructions:
E-transcripts can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail Official transcript(s) to:
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 163
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217
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.
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.
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).
PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS IS NOVEMBER 1.
Applications submitted between November 1 and December 1 may only be considered if complete.
International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and those required by International Admissions.
Visit International Admissions for more information.