University of Colorado Denver

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Integrated Sciences


1380 Lawrence St., Room 1251

Denver, CO 80217

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MIS in Integrated Sciences

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master’s program in Integrated Sciences is a focused interdisciplinary plan of study in which students take courses from two or three disciplines, identify a research mentor, and complete a research-based Master’s thesis or project. The signature aspect of the program is that the capstone experience must truly integrate the interdisciplinary content into a unified program of research. Each student’s curriculum is individually structured for professional growth in their areas of interest.

Students in the Integrated Sciences graduate program have the opportunity to take courses from a variety of areas in mathematics, the natural and physical sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics), and computer science. These areas are further explored through a required project or thesis that includes independent research into their declared focus areas under the supervision of their research mentor. Research projects can include fieldwork or be laboratory-based.


  • Customizable and flexible curriculum
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Thesis or Project with independent research


Research Areas Include, but are not limited to: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physical Geography, and Physics. With approval, additional courses may be chosen from other areas of science and engineering, including GIS, Electrical Engineering, and Biostatistics.

Financial Support:

The MIS program does not currently offer financial support. Student loans and other support can be applied for through the University of Colorado Financial Aid Office.


Applications are accepted through April 15 for fall semester admission, and through October 15 for spring semester admission. See program website for details.

Career paths of graduates:

In the Integrated Sciences program, you’ll develop a suite of valuable and transferable skills across multiple disciplines through coursework, advising, and your own research. These skills include research methods, laboratory and field techniques, critical thinking and problem solving, and numerical and statistical techniques.

The MIS program allows students to tailor their educational experience to the challenges they will face in their careers, whether as entrepreneurs, highly skilled workers, or educators. Graduates of the MIS program gain entry into a variety of PhD programs in STEM and health sciences and MD programs. They also have enhanced proficiency across multiple disciplines and research methodologies. 

Why CU Denver?

As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

Admission into the Integrated Sciences program is competitively based. The admissions committee will select students to create a high-quality and balanced cohort of participants entering the program each year. The minimum requirements for an application to be considered are: • The graduate application form for the University of Colorado Denver, including all application fees. • A statement of purpose specifying why the applicant wishes to be admitted to the program, the applicant’s primary areas of interest, and the applicant’s career goals • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic qualifications, of which at least two (2) must be from academic sources • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended by the applicant • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale • 40 semester hours of undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental sciences, geology, mathematics, and/or physics Students are admitted for the fall and spring semesters. The deadline for complete applications is April 15th for fall admission and October 15th for spring admission.

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 - Composite score of 75 or above on the TOEFL or composite score of 6.5 or above on the 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: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 30

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

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