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The Graduate Program in Microbiology seeks students with the intellectual aptitude, independence, and motivation to pursue scientific research. Students are considered and selected on the basis of past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, recommendations, and individual interviews. While previous experience in Microbiology coursework and research is helpful, the Graduate Program in Microbiology 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.
There are 3 ways to enter the Microbiology Program:
The Graduate Program in Microbiology also works closely with the Immunology Program and the Molecular Biology graduate programs, and several labs have joint appointments which can allow for a student to rotate and/or complete thesis work in a Microbiology lab.
Undergraduate Studies | The Graduate Program in Microbiology requires a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) Grade Point Average (GPA), although exceptions can be considered. Admissions Committee reviews completed coursework to determine if each applicant has sufficient background to pursue our doctoral degree. Specific courses are not required, but coursework in the following subjects is recommended and can enhance an application: Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Physiology.
Research Experience | Research experience, particularly experimental, hypothesis-driven research experience, is highly recommended. This type of experience is extremely valuable in providing insight to both the Admissions Committee and the candidate as to their commitment to the rigors and rewards of scientific endeavor.
Letters of Recommendation | Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for an application to be considered complete, and thus be reviewed by the Microbiology Admissions Committee. These letters are important and are a critical element for the Admissions Committee’s evaluation of applications. Thus, when possible, applicants should select faculty research mentors that can discuss academic performance, research experience, and the likelihood of the applicant’s future success as a scientist.
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:
Electronic Transcripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail a physical copy to:
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 163
PO Box 173364
1380 Lawrence Street Suite 1250
Denver, CO 80205-3364
Questions should be directed to:
Michele Parsons, Program Administrator
Office Phone: (303)724-0107
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.
If your application is accepted and you are invited for an interview, the Microbiology Program Administrator will contact you about your travel and help make arrangements convenient for you. The Microbiology Program covers all expenses during your visit, including transportation, lodging, and meals.