For admission, students may enter with biology or health-related undergraduate degrees or with a technical degree, e.g. in engineering, mathematics, or computer science. Ideally, students with a technical major will either have one of the biology related minors from Mines, or demonstrate the equivalent background, e.g., through a biology minor at another institution. The formal admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  2. A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Adequate undergraduate training to do graduate work in this program

The Admissions Committee reviews applicants for admissions for the Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants must have a complete application submitted to the Graduate School by the posted admission deadlines to be considered for admission.

We strongly encourage you to meet the Fall admission priority deadline of December 15 if you are seeking funding. Fall admission decisions with funding decisions are typically determined by mid-February. Accepted applicants are invited to campus for a Graduate Visit Day in late February to mid-March. Accepted students must complete their intent to enroll by April 15th. Details about funding, Graduate Visit Day and more will be communicated directly to accepted students.

The Admissions Committee may require that an admitted student complete undergraduate remedial coursework to overcome technical deficiencies. Such coursework may not count toward the graduate degree. The committee will decide whether to recommend regular or provisional admission, and may ask the applicant to come to campus for an interview.

Additional Information:

Further information contact:


Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Manager
Green Center Room 213

If you are a prospective graduate student, please complete the graduate student-specific request form for more information.