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Admissions Philosophy and Process

Our program seeks to invest in students with high potential to thrive in a stimulating, research-oriented, graduate training Program. Students will require scholarly skills and rely on their educational background upon entering Graduate School and will require a positive mindset, maturity, motivation, and grit to fully navigate the Training Program. Immunology students should be committed to furthering Immunology-related research and have a strong desire to develop skills that will make them competitive and successful in a career in academic, government, or private sectors.

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. 

Who should apply? | Applicants with proven scientific ability, indicated through performance in a college level science program and/or in a research laboratory. Prior research laboratory experience ensures that students have basic skills and are familiar with the laboratory research environment. We strongly encourage applications from qualified underrepresented minorities. The Program and members of our training faculty have a strong commitment to inclusivity and a solid history of success in training minority and other under-represented student populations.

Application Evaluation | Admission is based on an evaluation by a Graduate Admissions Committee comprised of Immunology Program faculty. Review begins in early December. In deciding on candidates to interview the Admissions Committee weighs many factors, including the applicant's undergraduate scholastic record, prior performance in laboratory research, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. GRE scores are no longer required for admissions.

Interviews | Top candidates will be selected for a personal interview, which will occur in January. Out of state applicants arrive in Denver on Sunday before the interview and stay in Denver through Tuesday night. The Program covers travel and accommodation expenses. During the interview process, candidates will meet with a number of faculty, who will discuss their current research and the student’s research experience and qualifications. Candidates will thus discuss their research and academic accomplishments, their interests in Immunology. They will also have ample opportunity to have their questions about the program, training faculty, and environment answered. During the interviews, applicants will also interact with and get to know a number of graduate students currently in the program.

Admission | After interviews, the Admissions committee will convene to discuss the interviewed candidates and make recommendations regarding offers of admission to the Graduate School. Decisions for offers of admission will weigh factors above, input from faculty who interviewed and evaluated the candidate, input from current graduate students, and any other available information.

How to Apply

Applications will open September 1.


There are 3 ways to enter the Immunology Program:

  • Apply directly to the Immunology Graduate Program.
  • Apply to the Biomedical Sciences Umbrella Program and join the Immunology Graduate Program after your 1st year.
  • Those interested in pursuing an MD/PhD with research interests in Immunology may apply to the Medical Scientist Training Program and complete their PhD portion through Immunology. Note: the MSTP follows a separate application process with different deadlines. Please visit the MSTP website for more information.

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.

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.
  • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be considered "official", the transcripts must come directly from the issuing institution.

Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:

If sending a physical transcript, please mail to:

Graduate School
Mail Stop C296
Fitzsimons Building, W5107
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045

  • Three to five (3-5) letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals such as college professors or faculty mentors who are familiar with your academic and/or laboratory achievements. Such letters should be submitted electronically through the on-line application.
  • GRE scores are no longer required for admission.
  • International Applicants only: 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. Visit International Admissions for more information.


Questions should be directed to:

Danielle Romanello

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.

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