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PSM Degree in Biomedical Sciences

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PSM Degree in Biomedical Sciences/How to Apply

2018-2019 Admission Requirements

Following are the simple steps to apply for the Professional Science Master in Biological Sciences at the University of Denver. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 303.871.2706. 

Download PDF of Application Requirements here.


• All online materials must be received, and all supplemental materials including transcripts must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies, by the program’s stated deadline: March 1. The program admits for fall quarter only. Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but scholarships may no longer be available.

• 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 in biology from a regionally accredited institution prior to beginning graduate coursework at DU.

• 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 chemistry, one year of calculus (recommended), one year of physics, and two years of biology.


• 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. Mail official transcripts to: University of Denver Office of Graduate Studies, Mary Reed Building, Room 5, 2199 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80208-4802.

• 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.  Electronic transcripts should be sent to

Language Proficiency

• 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 IETS 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

• Application to the PSM program requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the MCAT. The GRE 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. Applicants should take the entrance exam well in advance of their intended application date. Entrance exam scores older than five years from the date of the application may not be acceptable for admission.

Personal Statement

• A personal statement of at least 300 words is required. The personal statement of interest and qualifications should address your career goals as they relate to the PSM specialization in Biomedical Sciences (maximum 2 pages). The statement should be submitted via upload through the online application process.

Recommendation Letters

• Three letters of recommendation are required from different faculty members or other professional contacts that are familiar with your potential to complete a rigorous graduate program. These letters should be solicited and uploaded by recommenders through the online application system. Letters must be received by the program's stated 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.

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.

Office of Graduate Studies Information

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

(303) 871-2706

International Student Application Information

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