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​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. The GRE is no longer required.

Exams | The GRE is no longer required. International students must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Undergraduate Coursework | An undergraduate degree or its equivalent. A baccalaureate degree in either a biological science, chemistry, physics or engineering is recommended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take an undergraduate level biochemistry course.

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 | Undergraduate 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 research interests 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 will 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
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores and financial support verification (international students)​​
  • One (1) official transcript of all academic work completed to date. To be considered "official", the transcripts 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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