How to Apply

The graduate program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) is designed to provide students with diverse opportunities for acquiring a strong foundation in these areas of modern biology and applying it toward the generation of new knowledge through research. Applications are welcomed from students with ambition, enthusiasm, and outstanding undergraduate records in the fields of biology, biochemistry, and physical sciences who are seeking a challenging graduate level program to prepare for careers in research, teaching, or public service.

Online Application

Application Deadlines

December 1 – US Citizens and permanent residents
December 15 – International applicants including US visa holders
Study begins in the fall semester only.

Entrance Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4-point scale).
  • Prior research experience
  • Undergraduate courses or equivalent experience in genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, organic chemistry, chemical thermodynamics, biochemistry, differential and integral calculus and general physics.

Students lacking coursework in one or two of these areas will be given an opportunity to make up the deficiency after enrollment. Some research experience is highly desirable.

Application Requirements

Submitted through the Online Application:

  • University of Colorado Application
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or others qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study
  • Personal Statement (2 pages maximum)
    Your personal statement should describe your past work in your proposed or allied fields of study, including non-course educational experiences, teaching, or other relevant employment, publications, theses, research in progress, other scholarly activities, and your plans for graduate study and a professional career
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($60 domestic; $80 international)

Submitted Directly to the University of Colorado:

  • For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. Your application requires one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of how long you attended or whether or not you completed the courses. High School transcripts are not required for the graduate application. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the University.
  • Note: You will be required to provide official transcripts once you have been offered admission.
  • Do not submit these official copies for the review process.
  • Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application

    Domestic Students (standard mail or mail within the U.S., including USPS Priority and Express):

    Graduate Admissions
    Graduate Admissions
    University of Colorado Boulder
    3100 Marine Street, Suite A122
    553 UCB Boulder, CO 80309-0553

    International Students (standard international mail or mail within the U.S., including USPS Priority and Express):

    International Applicants
    Office of Admissions
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    3100 Marine Street
    65 UCB
    Boulder, CO 80309-0065

    For overnight or express mail (DHL, FEDEX, UPS):

    Graduate Admissions
    3100 Marine Street, Bldg RL3, Suite A122
    553 UCB
    Boulder, CO 80303-1058
    Phone: (303) 492-6301

    Overnight/Express Mailing Address (DHL, UPS, Fedex):

    International Applicants
    Office of Admissions
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    3100 Marine Street – 65 UCB
    Bldg RL3, Suite A122
    Boulder, CO 80303-1058

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (Institution Code R4841). Please schedule a test that will allow score reports to reach CU by the application deadline. The advanced GRE subject test is not required.
    Domestic applicant GRE scores range from (500-700; 153-166) verbal, (600-800; 148-166) quantitative, and 4.6-6.0 analytical writing. International applicant scores range from (400-600; 146-160) verbal, (600-800; 148-166) quantitative, and 3.5-6 analytical writing.
  • International Applicants must also submit an Official TOEFL (institution code 4841) or IELTS Score. The TOEFL requirement for MCD Biology is 600 (paper based); 250 (computer based); 100 (internet based). The IELTS requirement is 6-7.
    If you live in a country where the primary language is English, have spent one year at a university where the instruction language was English, or have spent the last three years in an English speaking country, you do not need to take the TOEFL.

Last updated: 2017-02-08