M.S. in Biological Sciences:
Thesis Option

Admissions Deadlines

Fall, Spring and Summer Admissions: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for a TA 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 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 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

Electronic transcripts should be sent to grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu. We do not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from the student.

UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.

Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.

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. Upload the item below:
    • A letter of intent. At a minimum, your letter of intent should include these two things:
      1. Your academic interests
      2. Your career goals
      • You may also include teaching interests, names of potential faculty advisors, and interest in a teaching assistantship.
  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:
      • 140 Quantitative;
      • 146 Verbal Reasoning;
      • Combined score of at least 297;
      • Analytical Writing 3.5
  4. 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 grad.school@unco.edu, or call 970-351-2831.