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Admission Criteria

Our admissions criteria are based, in part, on the requirements of the UC Denver Graduate School that address prior performance criteria. They are also partly based on the program's need to recruit students with broad science backgrounds and/or work experiences in the life sciences and computing arenas.

Applicants with broad educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the program. The admissions committee considers individual applicants on a case-by-case basis. Preference is given to applicants with interdisciplinary training in computer science, mathematics and biology. The number of new admissions per year is restricted by available scholarship/fellowship support, the applicant's interest in relation to faculty research interests, and availability of faculty mentors. On average, the program attempts to admit three to four applicants per year.


Qualifications: Advanced education or experience in computer science or allied field, and some knowledge of contemporary molecular biology.

Applicants must provide evidence of computation & biological skills such as official transcripts, GRE scores, employment experience, or other well -documented evidence that might persuade the admissions committee.

How to Apply to The Computational Bioscience Program

The application deadline for Fall Admissions is December 1st of the previous year.

Step 1

Email a short note to stating that you intend to apply

Step 2

  1. Complete the Online Graduate School application. Includes 3 essays or purpose.
  2. Two (2) official transcripts of all academic work completed to date. To be considered "official", the transcripts must come from the issuing institution directly to the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus graduate program. Use the following address:

    UCD Graduate Admissions
    Campus Box 163
    PO Box 173364
    1380 Lawrence Street Suite 1250
    Denver, CO 80205-3364

  1. A $50.00 domestic and $75.00 international non-refundable application fee [credit card, check, or money order]. No application will be processed unless this fee is paid.  
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation. 
  3. GRE test scores. Use GRE code 4875. 
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores and financial support verification (international students only). Use code 4875.
  5. State of Colorado residency form (part of the on-line application).

*International transcripts must be evaluated by an outside agency, and must include an analysis of courses, grades and grade point average, and U.S. degree equivalency. Exception to this requirement: courses taken and degrees earned in the U.S. or some parts of Canada. Evaluations will be accepted from any reputable professional company. Three recommended credential evaluation companies are:

  1. World Education Services: (Highly recommended) - (request the Course by Course evaluation)
  2. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers: (request the Course by Course evaluation)
  3. International Education Research Foundation: (request the "Detail Report")

If you have any questions, please contact our Graduate Program Administrator at 1+303-724-3350.

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