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Admission Philosophy

Our admissions criteria are based, in part, on the requirements of the Graduate School that address prior performance criteria. They are also partly based on the program's need to recruit students with broad science backgrounds and/or work experiences in the life sciences and computing arenas.

Applicants with broad educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the program. The admissions committee considers individual applicants on a case-by-case basis. Preference is given to applicants with interdisciplinary training in computer science, mathematics and biology. The number of new admissions per year is restricted by available scholarship/fellowship support, the applicant's interest in relation to faculty research interests, and availability of faculty mentors. On average, the program attempts to admit three to four applicants per year.

We are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical) who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

If you are an applicant with a disability who would like to engage in a confidential consultation about disability access at CU Anschutz, or who requires accommodations to complete the application or interview process, please contact The Office of Disability, Access & Inclusion. 

Entrance Requirements

Advanced education or experience in computer science or allied field, and some knowledge of contemporary molecular biology is required.

Applicants must provide evidence of computation & biological skills such as official transcripts, employment experience, or other well-documented evidence that might persuade the admissions committee.

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 GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections) is recommended, but not required for application to the Computational Bioscience Program. Applicants are expected to achieve a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00, or provide an explanation of lower grades. Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving a score of at least 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT). Official 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 (note that GRE scores are not required). The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at


How to Apply


To apply for admission applicants must submit the following:

  • Online Graduate School application
  • 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.
  • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be considered "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the University of Colorado Denver Graduate Admissions. 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:

If sending a physical transcript, please mail to:

Graduate School
Mail Stop C296
Fitzsimons Building, C5000
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • GRE test scores are optional. Use GRE code 4875.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only).

Questions should be directed to:


Financial Aid

Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $37,000 per year for living expenses. Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance by the student. 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


Since additional processing is required for international applications, the application may not be complete even if submitted on December 1. Submission by November 1 will ensure time to complete administrative processing before December 1.

Applications submitted between November 1 and December 1 will only be considered if all application components have been received and processed.

International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and those required by International Admissions. 

Visit International Admissions for more information.

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