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The recruitment, retention, and support of students from underrepresented backgrounds is central to the Graduate School's mission. We strive to develop and promote efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion campus-wide.  Application fee waivers are offered to eligible applicants.

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Pharmacology is committed to diversity and equality in the recruitment and retention of students to the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. We actively seek persons from underrepresented populations, which include, but are not limited to, underrepresented ethnic minorities, disabled persons, and those students who are disadvantaged, from rural areas, and/or first-time-in-family college attendees.

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. 

Application Materials

Coursework | Although not an absolute requirement, competitive candidates will typically have completed undergraduate coursework in molecular biology, chemistry (general and organic), biochemistry, physics, and mathematics through calculus.

Essays | You will be required to provide (upload) two essays with your application. There is no minimum page, font size, or margins requirement. The three essays include:

Research Statement | Describe your past work in your proposed or allied fields of study, including educational and non-course educational experiences, lab research, teaching or other relevant employment, publications, theses, research in progress, or other scholarly activities.

Personal Statement | Describe your motivation and plans for graduate study and a professional career, and discuss how this program will contribute to them.

Letters of Recommendation | We require 4 letters and recommend you obtain these from individuals, such as college professors and faculty, who are familiar with your academic and/or laboratory achievements.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) | The GRE is not required, but we will accept GRE scores if the applicant wishes to submit them. The University of Colorado GRE code is 4875. The GRE testing service can be accessed on-line at: If you are planning on submitting your scores, you should take the exam no later than November 1st. GRE subject tests are not required.

How to Apply


Application will open on September 1.

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.
  • 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 Graduate School.

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

  • Four (4) letters of recommendation.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only).


Questions should be directed to:

Shanelle Felder, Program Administrator | 303-724-3565


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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