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Admissions Philosophy

The goal of the Molecular Biology Program is to train outstanding research scientists, academicians and educators who will become future leaders in Molecular Biology. To accomplish this goal, students are selected who have strong academic records and a demonstrated aptitude, commitment and passion for scientific research. Applicants are considered based on past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, recommendations and individual interviews. 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.

The Molecular Biology Student Handbook.


Entrance Requirements


The Molecular Biology graduate program welcomes applicants from varied backgrounds, however applicants should have a record of coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. While not intended to be a list of pre-requisites, admitted students have typically completed:

  • Biology (both general and advanced courses e.g., Molecular Biology, Biochemistry)
  • Laboratory in Biology or Biochemistry
  • Chemistry (general and often Organic Chemistry)
  • Physics (a general course)
  • Mathematics
  • Competence in basic programming is also desirable.

GRE scores are not accepted and will not be used in admissions



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.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. The most informative letters will come from Professors who have mentored you in your research experiences. Professors who have taught science classes you have been enrolled in, or whom you have worked with in an advisory capacity, are also good choices. We do not recommend that you ask postdocs, technicians or fellow students for letters. Likewise, members of the community are generally not good choices, as typically their understanding of biomedical PhD training, and hence their ability to evaluate your potential, is limited.
  • 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. 

Electronic Transcripts should be sent to:

OR printed transcripts may be mailed to:

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

  • GRE test scores are not required and will not be accepted.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only).



Please contact:

Sabrena Heilman, Program Administrator
Office Phone: (303)724-3245

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.