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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Neuroscience Graduate Program is 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.

​Thank you for your interest in applying to the Neuroscience Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Admissions Requirements

To complete the application you will need to provide your academic transcripts, statement of purpose, research statement, and the names of 3 references.

Exams | The GRE is not required. International students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Undergraduate Coursework | An undergraduate degree or its equivalent is required. A baccalaureate degree in a biological science, chemistry, physics or engineering is recommended.

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).

Research Experience | Research experience is strongly recommended.


Neuroscience Training Options

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

Apply to the Neuroscience program directly


Apply to the biomedical sciences umbrella program and select Neuroscience as one of your 2 host programs for recruitment weekend. This options allows you to have flexibility in your degree if admitted. See the Biomedical Science Program web site for a full description of the program.

Students interested in pursuing a dual MD and PhD in Neuroscience may apply to the Medical Scientist Training Program.


How to Apply

The Neuroscience application deadline is December 1. 

Applications received by December 1 will be given first consideration for admission to the Fall Semester of the following year, but applications received subsequently may also be considered. Fall Semester classes begin in late August

  • An application for admission must include the following:
  • Graduate School on-line application
  • A $50 (domestic) or $75 (international) non-refundable application fee. An application will not be processed without payment. Fee waivers are available for qualified applicants.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores and financial support verification (international students)​​
  • One (1) unofficial or official transcript of all academic work completed to date. An official transcript will be required following acceptance to matriculate into our program and must come from the issuing institution directly and sent either electronically or mailed to:

Electronic Transcript(s):

Mailed Transcript(s):

University of Colorado Denver
Graduate Admissions
Campus Box 163
PO Box 173364&
Denver, CO 80217

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.


Please email the Neuroscience Graduate Program office with any questions at​​


Graduate School

CU Denver
Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Room 1251

Denver, CO 80204

CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place


Aurora, CO 80045


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