We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to all and that student experiences in the wake of this have not been equitable. In response to these events, we recognize that some applicants will have concerns about the impacts these events could have on admissions. The graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder are dedicated to recruiting and supporting diverse, talented students, employing holistic application review processes and supporting students when they arrive on campus. 

We want to be clear that we understand:

  • students have been facing and will face unprecedented challenges during this time. 
  • testing centers have suspended operations, or moved to remote testing.
  • many students and institutions have chosen to adopt the Pass/Fail (or Credit/No Credit) option due to these events.
  • due to this disruption students may not have performed to their usual abilities during times of remote study or challenging classroom adjustments. 
  • some research projects will have been interrupted or will be incomplete as a result of university and facility closures. 
  • many students will be unable to take on internships and summer research programs or other professional development initiatives.
  • there are myriad other challenging circumstances that have arisen in individuals’ experiences.
  • we no longer require the submission of GRE scores as part of the application process

We will take this all into consideration as we review applications holistically, understanding that our goal continues to be a graduate student cohort of future leaders, full of diverse life experiences and perspectives that will add new dimensions to our existing graduate community. If you have any questions about your specific circumstances, please contact the department to which you are interested in applying, or bchmgrad@colorado.edu

The Department of Biochemistry is committed to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion for all students, staff, and faculty. We seek to foster a supportive community of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, serving as the foundation for teaching and learning. Our vision is supported by CU Boulder’s broad initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion, and fostering a caring community of students, staff, and educators.

  • Graduate Application Fee Waivers: In order to make the application process as accessible to as many prospective students as possible, please review the types of application fee waivers available below from the Graduate School and the Biochemistry Department, below.  
  • Colorado Advantage Program Opportunity for Underrepresented Students: The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to visit campus and preview doctoral programs in science, math, and engineering departments at CU-Boulder.

  • Application Deadline: December 1

    • Before You Apply:

      • Download and complete the Supplemental Departmental Application. Upload the Supplemental Departmental Application to your application.

      • Prepare to have three letters of recommendation written on your behalf. Recommendation letter writers will need to upload their letter to the online application system.

      • Write a personal statement

      • Be prepared to upload unofficial transcripts from every domestic post-secondary institution 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 the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended may delay the application review process.

      • Be prepared to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test results if your native language is not English.

      • The minimum undergraduate g.p.a. for graduate studies in Biochemistry is 3.0

      • If you are an international applicant, please review additional requirements on the Graduate School website for international applicants: https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions/international-applicants

      • GRE scores are not required

      • Review the Graduate School Admissions Requirements for additional, detailed application-specific information https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/admissions/apply

      • Review available application fee waivers and submit inquiries or proof before submitting your application.

      • To apply, please review the above requirements and click "Apply Now".

The Graduate School offers application fee waivers for participants in the following programs. If you are affiliated with one of these programs, please send proof of your affiliation to gradadm@colorado.edu before you submit your application, and the Graduate School will process your fee waiver for you.

  • AmeriCorps (currently serving).
  • Louis-Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).
  • McNair Scholars Program.
  • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholars Program.
  • Peace Corps (currently serving).
  • Post baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP).
  • Teach for America.
  • Leadership Alliance.

Please note: If you are in the U.S. military you will receive an automatic fee waiver as a thank you for your service (active duty, veteran, previously served, and active reserve are all eligible for this automatic fee waiver).

The Department of Biochemistry offers application fee waivers for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or DACA recipients with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than or equal to 5500. To be considered for this waiver, please send proof of the FAFSA EFC score to bchmgrad@Colorado.edu before you submit your application. If there are questions about the fee waiver or process, please email the Graduate Program Manager at bchmgrad@Colorado.edu.

Our admissions team will start reviewing completed applications December 2. Due to COVID-19, we will be inviting qualified applicants to interview via Zoom. These interviews and offers of admission will be processed from January 1 to March 15. The phases of the application process are:

  • Application review: All completed and submitted applications will be reviewed and we will release decisions or invitations as quickly as possible. We strongly advise applicants to make sure their application is complete as close to the December 1 deadline as possible for  efficient processing and timely communication. Since offer letters can delay the completion of an application, we strongly advise applicants to work with letter writers to complete and summit their recommendations as soon as possible.  Please note: we cannot offer provide conditional admission – all applicants must complete and submit an application for review.
  • Invitation to interview: Qualified applicants will be invited to interview via Zoom. Due to COVID-19, our interviews may involve several Zoom sessions with faculty, the admissions team, and our graduate students. We will describe the interview process in the email invitation.
  • Offer of acceptance: Applicants that have successfully passed the interview process will receive a letter of acceptance. This letter of acceptance will be emailed through the application system and include funding details.
  • Admission: When an applicant receives a letter of acceptance via the application system, they are also admitted to the University of Colorado. Applicants have until April 15 to decide to accept admission and matriculate into the program for the following fall. If admitted applicants do not finalize their decision by April 15, we may revise our offers of acceptance in order to make additional offers to other qualified applicants.

It is our goal to review and communicate admissions decisions as soon as possible because we understand that applicants may apply to several institutions for graduate school and have multiple offers to review. For more information about the application / interview / admissions process, please email the Graduate Program Manager at bchmgrad@Colorado.edu.