Biological Education Ph.D.

The Biological Education, Ph.D. program is designed for graduate students interested in specializing in either biology education or an area of the biological sciences that matches current faculty interests and expertise. Areas of emphasis in this program prepare students to conduct and supervise biological or pedagogical research and to instruct biology courses at the college or university level.

Admissions Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
      • To be considered for Teaching Assistantship position applications are encouraged by Oct. 15 for spring semester and March 15 for fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.

Each applicant must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree or a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the master’s degree or the most recent 60 credit hours.

Take the following steps to be considered for admission:

Step 1: Complete the Application

Complete the online application and pay the application fee (you will pay the fee after you complete all application questions and submit the application)

  • Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
  • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee

Step 2: Transcripts

Request one official transcript from every accredited college or university attended or from which you earned credit, except UNC. Official transcripts from each college are required, even if courses taken at one institution are listed on another school’s transcript. This includes concurrent enrollment courses taken while in high school through an accredited college. You do not need to provide study abroad transcripts.

Official transcripts may be sent via mail in an unopened sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program directly from the issuing institution. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 135
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639

Step 3: Supplemental Items

You will need to log back into the online application system, scroll down and click on "Submit Supplemental Items" to do the following:

  1. Request three professional letters of recommendation (click on "start" to initiate each recommendation request).
    • A letter of intent. At a minimum, your letter of intent should include these two things:
      • Your academic interests
      • Your career goals
  2. Request three professional letters of recommendation (click on "start" to initiate each recommendation request). Letters of recommendation (also called letters of reference) are extremely important to your application. Choose the people that you ask to write these letters wisely. These persons should be able to comment on your potential for successful graduate work from a position of experience. A good letter of reference will be on letterhead stationary and include the following:
    • A statement of how the person knows you and for how long
    • An indication of the person's professional expertise
    • Comments on your intellectual ability, creativity, time-management skills, work ethic, collegiality, and ability to work under pressure 
    • Comments on your writing and verbal communication skills
    • Percentile rankings of your potential and abilities based on others at your level of education and experience
  3. Take the GRE: Official GRE scores (less than five years old) are required.
    • UNC's institutional code is 4074.
    • Required minimum scores:
      • 140 Quantitative;
      • 146 Verbal Reasoning;
      • Combined score of at least 297;
      • Analytical Writing 3.5

Additional Information:

Before admission to the program, students should have completed at least four courses in biology and a combined total of three courses in the supporting areas of chemistry, calculus or physics. Students entering the program with deficiencies in coursework will be required to complete coursework based on recommendations of the graduate committee, the school director and the advisor.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

International Applicants

International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.

For More Information
For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School at, or call 970-351-2831.