The entire application must be submitted by December 1st of the preceding Fall semester.

Note that scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test are a required part of the application. Applicants should take the GRE by the end of November to ensure score availability before the application deadline. Official scores received after the deadline will be accepted, but will delay the review process of the application.

Our admission policy depends heavily upon faculty advocacy - admission depends upon a faculty member requesting that an applicant be admitted to our graduate program. In prior years, around 150 applicants apply, around 10 have been accepted. Applicants must contact faculty members with whom they would like to work and, if possible, visit and interview those faculty members.

How to apply

  1. Contact potential faculty advisor(s)

    • Your acceptance depends very heavily upon the recommendation of a potential faculty advisor, so be sure to contact a potential advisor before the application deadline.

  2. Graduate Application

  3. EBIO Specific Information

    • You will be asked to choose one or more faculty of interest in the application.  Please select your prospective faculty advisor(s) on this list.  These are the faculty who will read and evaluate your application. They will determine if you are a good prospect for their research program and hopefully nominate you to the EBIO Graduate Committee for admission.  You should also contact your faculty of interest and begin communicating with them now if you have not already begun to do so.

    • Include a statement of intent (essay). The statement of intent or essay may also be called the personal statement in the application. The prospective faculty advisors on the supplemental application will review this statement of intent/ essay.

  4. Application fee - $60

    • Credit card payment option available in the Online Application.

  5. GRE Scores

    • Official GRE scores for the general test.

    • Our faculty encourage applicants to take the GRE subject test in biology, but they no longer require it.

    • Please have scores sent directly to the University of Colorado from Educational Testing Service. Our institutional code is R4841. If a department code is required, use the code for "biology".

    • We are interested in knowing your GRE scores (even the unofficially reported scores) as soon as possible, so please include this information on your EBIO application or call us if you take the computerized test and know your scores and percentiles.

  6. Transcripts

    • Upload one transcript from every college and university you have attended. You may scan a copy of an official transcript, or use an unofficial electronic transcript as long as it is an actual transcript an not simply a list of courses.

    • For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require 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 the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  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.

  7. Three Letters of Recommendation

    • Submit as part of the online application or by paper copy.

All parts of the application must be submitted by December 1st. Please send any print materials, such as transcripts or letters of recommendation to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
553 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0553

For overnight or express mail send to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder
3100 Marine St. Bldg RL3
Boulder, CO 80303-1058

Applicants will be notified several weeks after the application deadline if any of these materials are missing. Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance will be issued by mid-April.