Our admission policy depends heavily upon faculty advocacy -- admission depends upon at least one faculty member requesting that an applicant be admitted to our graduate program. For this reason, applicants must contact faculty members with whom they would like to work and, if possible, visit here and interview with those faculty members. It is not necessary to visit with members of the graduate committee, since admissions decisions are based upon faculty advocacy.
Students with a bachelor's degree in biology (or other areas of science) are encouraged to apply. Minor deficiencies in math, chemistry, or physics can usually be corrected after enrollment, but cannot be counted toward hours for a graduate degree.
The deadline for foreign applications is December 1st. See the International Application Checklist for full application information. Completed U.S. domestic applications, including three letters of reference, one official transcript from each college or university you attended, and scores on the GRE General Test must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by December 31st (postmark date), if you wish to apply for the fall semester. Please review the U.S. Domestic Application Checklist to insure your application is complete. Please plan to take the GRE General Test by November 30th. Please review the letter to applicants for more information about the admissions process.
Be sure to communicate (by phone, letter, e-mail or visit) with any faculty members whom you would like to review your application. Students with GRE scores in the 70th percentile and above and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (B average) and above are encouraged to apply. We admit students only for the fall semester. For additional information concerning the graduate program, please contact our graduate coordinator, Jill Skarstad.
Opportunity for underrepresented students
Underrepresented students may apply to participate in the Colorado Advantage graduate preview program, November 6 - 8, 2014. All expenses are paid for participants to visit the CU-Boulder campus to meet faculty and current graduate students, tour facilities, and learn more about the graduate admissions process.
Application details may be found by clicking here.
The department attempts to support all of its graduate students (except for those in the MA II program). The support comes primarily from research assistantships and teaching assistantships, both of which include paid tuition.