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Division Of Natural Sciences & MathematicsMolecular and Cellular Biophysics Program

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics

Graduate Admission Requirements

The following are the simple steps to apply for Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office Of Graduate Education.

The Graduate Policies provides complete details regarding admission requirements.

You can view the admission requirements for this program at  Admission Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics. You can view more information about this program here.

Apply Online / Application Deadlines
  • Applications for graduate study at the University of Denver must be submitted online. Apply online.
  • All online materials must be received, and all supplemental materials including transcripts must be on file in the Office Of Graduate Education, by the program’s stated deadline: January 31. The program admits for the fall quarter only. The program may consider 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
  • Applicants must earn and submit proof of earning the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree and, if applicable, a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU.
  • Students with strong quantitative undergraduate backgrounds (e.g., undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science/engineering) who desire to apply these skills to various biological problems, as well as students with a background in cell or molecular biology with a solid foundation in mathematics and physics, are encouraged to apply.
  • A minimum of one year of calculus and one year of college physics (preferably calculus-based) regardless of undergraduate major, are required.
  • 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. Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. must submit transcripts accompanied by certified English translations, if not normally issued in English. DU students and alumni do not need to provide DU transcripts.
  • 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 Education 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. Electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].
  • Mail official transcripts to:

    University of Denver
    Office Of Graduate Education
    Mary Reed Building, Room 5
    2199 S. University Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80208-4802
Language Proficiency
  • Please see the DU's Additional Standards for Non-Native English Speakers.
  • 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. There are no exemptions for graduate teaching assistants.
  • Students whose native language is not English and who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores will be assessed by the University of Denver English Language Center (ELC) prior to matriculation.
Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required and a subject test is recommended. Competitive subject GRE scores will strengthen a candidate's application. Applicants can report subject GRE scores in any of the following disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. 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.

Personal Statement

A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. The statement should include information concerning your education, practical (research) experience, special interests and specific purpose for applying to the interdisciplinary program in molecular and cellular biophysics at the University of Denver. The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Resume / C.V.

A resume or C.V. is required. This should include work experience, research, and/or volunteer work. The resume or C.V. should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Recommendation Letters

Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Requests for letters should be sent to recommenders well in advance so the letters are on file by the application deadline.

Financial Support
  • To be considered for financial support, 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 are supported by graduate teaching assistantships through the program for the first year, and on graduate research or teaching assistantships, arranged by their faculty thesis advisor, in their subsequent years. Either mechanism typically includes a tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance.
Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at PioneerWeb. Applicants will receive login information post application submission.

Contact Information

Mail official transcripts and any supplemental admission materials not submitted with the online application to:

University of Denver
Office Of Graduate Education
Mary Reed Building, Room 5
2199 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-4802

Electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].

For more information call (303) 871-2706 or chat with us via Live Counselor.

International Applicants

For complete international applicant information, please visit the Office Of Graduate Education International Student Application Information. International applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications complete, with all materials on file in the admission office, at least eight weeks prior to the program’s application deadline.

The Graduate Policies provides complete details regarding admission requirements.