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Admission Philosophy

The Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development is committed to training a diverse population of students to become the future leaders of biomedical research. We seek students with the intellectual aptitude, independence and drive to pursue scientific research. Our admissions process uses a holistic evaluation process that highly values an applicant's trajectory, research experience and passion for science, over test scores and undergraduate institution.

    Entrance Requirements

    GPA | 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 Studies | Admission to the CSD Program requires a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA).], preferably in a biological science, chemistry, physics, or engineering. Candidates must have taken Organic Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics and Calculus. Coursework in two or more of the following subjects is recommended and certainly enhances your application: cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, molecular biology, molecular genetics, neurobiology, immunology, and physiology.

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) | GRE tests (general or subject) are not required and will not be evaluated as part of your application.

    Research Experience | Research experience is highly recommended. This type of real world experience is extremely valuable in providing insight to both the Admissions Committee and the candidate as to how a budding scientist (you!) responds to the rigors and rewards of scientific endeavor.

    Letters of Recommendation | Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for your application to be considered complete. These letters are important and are key to your evaluation. You should select faculty who how well you have performed in classes and who can talk about your research experience and the likelihood of your future success as a scientist.

    How to Apply


    The application must be complete and supporting materials received by December 1 for full consideration.

    When you apply to the CSD Graduate Program, you have two options:


    • Apply to the CSD program directly, if you feel our program is the best fit for your already focused interests (instructions below).

    To apply directly to CSD, applicants must submit the following:

    • Online Graduate School application
    • A $50.00 domestic and $75.00 international non-refundable application fee.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only).
    • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be considered "official", the transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution. Note: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application submissions; official transcripts will be required upon offer of acceptance into the program. 

      Electronic Transcripts should be sent to


      Mail a physical copy to:

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

    Questions should be directed to:

    Caitlin Moloney, Program Administrator
    Office Phone: (303)724-3350

    International Applicants


    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.

    Recruitment/Interview Weekend

    COVID-19 Update: The safety of our visitors and the university community is priority during this difficult time. The Graduate School is exploring virtual options for the CU Anschutz Recruitment Weekends.