University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences



1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The graduate program in Biology is a research-based program designed for students with interests in any of a broad range of basic science subjects including molecular, cellular, behavioral, evolutionary, ecological, or wildlife population biology. The Program offers a Master’s of Science (MS) program in Biology and a doctoral (PhD) program in Integrative and Systems Biology. The program consists of nearly 50 faculty members from 16 different departments and partnering organizations, and about 40 graduate students.

Graduate training in Biology at the University of Colorado Denver is intended to prepare students to become critical problem solvers who are qualified to address biology-related issues at national and international levels. The program philosophy recognizes science not as a collection of facts, but rather as a process designed to help make informed decisions about the nature of evidence; scientific methods are used to guide decisions about hypotheses. The program is designed to equip students with the background necessary to generate new ideas and to participate in scientific debates, both academically and publically. Therefore, the goal is to provide advanced training in the current concepts, theories, debates, and methods for modern biology from a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and communication through a series of seminars and research-oriented courses that are specifically tailored to student research programs​​


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Specialized training
  • Thesis


Specialized Training in: Ecology, Genetics, Plant Systematics, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, Microbiology, Animal Behavior, Cell & Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology

Financial Support: Financial support is generally supplied by research grants, fellowships, and teaching appointments. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) are available on a competitive basis. PhD students are eligible for institutional support in the form of either a research or a teaching fellowship. Student loans and other support can be applied for through the University of Colorado Financial Aid Office.

Applications: Applications are due by December 1st

Career paths of graduates: Opportunities for biologists are broad and diverse with advances in technology and new discoveries in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, medicine, forensics, evolutionary biology, ecology and the environment.

Why CU Denver | Anschutz? As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver | Anschutz educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. Graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experiences that are in demand today, while the city benefits from well-educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - TOEFL or IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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