Following are the simple steps to apply for graduate study in Biological Sciences at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Apply Online / Application Deadlines
- Applications for graduate study in Biological Sciences at the University of Denver must be submitted online. To apply online, fill out the online application.
- All online materials must be submitted, and all supplemental materials must be postmarked, by the program's stated deadline: January 1, for fall quarter admission. The biology department accepts applications after this date on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
- A $65 non-refundable application fee is required for an application to be processed. Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars.
Course and Degree Prerequisites and Requirements
- The Biological Sciences graduate programs require a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in biology or related field. Students with an undergraduate major in chemistry, physics or mathematics and minimal preparation in biological sciences also will be considered but may be required to take undergraduate courses when the prerequisites are lacking. Course prerequisites include: one year of general chemistry, one year of calculus (recommended), one year of physics, two years of biology and one year of organic chemistry.
- Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution they have attended, or are presently attending, where two quarter hours (or one semester hour) or more were completed including study abroad and college coursework completed in high school.
- The applicant is responsible for obtaining all transcripts. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English.
- Official study abroad transcripts are required unless the course titles, grades and credit earned abroad appear on another transcript. Transcripts from outside of the U.S. are evaluated by the Office of International Student Admission. This process can take three to four weeks and must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Therefore, applicants with a degree from outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply early. Applicants educated outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for assistance regarding transcript-related materials.
- The University of Denver will consider electronic transcripts official from a domestic institution provided by the following approved agencies: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS); Docufide/Parchment; National Student Clearinghouse; Naviance; Royall and Company; and, Scrip-Safe.
- Application to the MS and PhD programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. The subject test is not required. Scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency by the program's stated deadline. The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842.
- Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required of all graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship status, whose native language is not English or who have been educated in countries where English is not the native language. Applications will not be processed until the required TOEFL or IELTS score is received. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. The minimum TOEFL score accepted by the University is 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). The institution code for the University of Denver is 4842. The minimum IELTS score accepted by the University is 6.0. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) must demonstrate fluency in spoken English by scoring a 26 on the TOEFL speaking section or 8.0 on the IELTS speaking section. Please see the Graduate Policy Manual for complete English language proficiency requirements.
- Applicants may be exempted from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a post-secondary degree from a formally-recognized/accredited university where the language of instruction and examination is English. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other standardized graduate entrance examinations.
- A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. The statement should include information concerning your life, education, practical experience, special interests and specific purpose for applying to the University of Denver. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.
- Three letters of recommendation are required from different faculty members or other professional contacts that are familiar with your potential to complete a research-based graduate degree. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated deadline.
- To be considered for federal financial aid, domestic applicants should apply early and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline: February 15.
- Information about financial aid can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
- Students may apply for graduate teaching assistantships through the department or for graduate research assistantships by contacting individual faculty in the department. Please visit the Biology website for further information on our faculty research interests.
- We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online.
Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:
University of Denver
Office of Graduate Studies
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802
- For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete at least eight weeks prior to the program's application deadline.
The Graduate Policy Manual provides complete details regarding admission requirements.