Pre-Application for the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

There are two steps to the application process for admission to graduate study in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program (CMB) at Colorado State University. Step 1 involves a “pre-application” directly to the program.  Step 2 is the official application to the Graduate School.
Step 1: Departmental Pre-Application
Prospective graduate students are expected to complete the CMB Pre-Application Form and provide additional items (see below).

Items to be submitted only once:

  • Official copies of transcripts (in English) (GPA of 3.0 or higher).
  • General GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). General GRE exam scores are required before pre-applications will be reviewed.
  • TOEFL scores. (For international applications only)
    Note that the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score acceptable to the University for admission is 80 (internet based)/215 (computer exam)/550 (paper exam).
  • Personal statement of interest and qualifications that addresses your career goals as they relate to the CMB research focus area(s) you are interested in (Maximum 2 pages).
  • Three reference letters that speak to your interest in science, leadership and business; these should be emailed to the CMB@Colostate.Edu by the reference.
    The university nor department will not contact references listed on the application.

Applications will be reviewed by the CMB Admissions Committee after all of the above items have been submitted.

Step 1: Official CSU Graduate application on-line application

Special Advisement to Foreign Student Applicants

Proof of financial support is required before a student visa can be issued.  Satisfactory proof of finances covering all required expenses must be provided before Colorado State University will issue an I-20 or IAP-66.


Full consideration for admission and financial support for the Fall will be given to those who complete their application before January 1.

Application process

Once you have submitted your pre-application please follow these steps:

1. Submit all requested materials above
2. Notify references to send letters to as a PDF

Make sure you receive an application number when you submit your pre-application. If you do not receive an application number then it means that something is wrong in the application. In the GRE section please do not input decimal points even though it says otherwise.

Our process for selection for admissions is as follows:

1. Applications are reviewed in mid-January.
2. End of January invitations to our recruitment/interview weekend are extended (about 10 are offered)
3. Recruitment/interview weekend happens the last weekend in February.
4. Evaluations are compiled and offers made in the first week in March.