Biomedical Sciences, MBS
Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. However, early application is recommended.
Please note: We are only accepting applications for a wait list for the fall 2020 term of the online delivery of the MBS program. Applications for the fall 2020 term of the Greeley delivery of the MBS program are continuing as usual.
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 cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) when considering all college level courses taken.
If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional requirements as defined by the academic program that must be met within one calendar year to remain enrolled at UNC.
Take the following steps to be considered for admission:
Step 1: Complete the Application
Complete the online application.
- Answer the application questions.
- Send your requests for letters of recommendation.
- Three Individual Letters from professionals/academics
Please note: Applicants applying for the fall 2020 term will need to provide only two letters of recommendation. Applicants for all other terms will require the usual three letters of recommendation.
Three letters of recommendation are required as part of your application to the MBS program. The letters should be from professionals/academics who can comment on your qualifications for graduate study in the biomedical sciences from a standpoint of personal experience with your professional/academic activities. Letters of a non-professional nature (from friends, family, etc.) will not be accepted. You will be asked to supply information for your three recommenders in the application.
- One Committee Letter Packet
Applicants who have an electronic committee letter packet from their pre-health office may use this packet in lieu of the letters from individuals. The committee letter packet must include at least three letters of recommendation and have a cover letter from the pre-health office verifying that the recommendations are authentic. You will be asked to supply information for your committee in the application. Please do the following when adding recommenders:
- Add the names for each recommender included in the packet and add Grad.ApplicationMaterials@unco.edu as the email address for each recommender. There should be three different names and three different letters of recommendation, but each should have the same email address (Grad.ApplicationMaterials@unco.edu).
- Contact the recommending institution and ask them to submit the Interfolio packet to Grad.ApplicationMaterials@unco.edu
- Three Individual Letters from professionals/academics
- Submit the application and pay the non-refundable application fee.
- Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
Once you submit your application you will be assigned an Admissions Portal, allowing you to upload supplemental items, as listed below, and track your application through the admissions process.
Step 2: Request Transcripts
Request one official transcript from any regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or
is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an
official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was
conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript
from UNC. The Graduate School and International Admissions Office reserves the right
to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities
as needed. Applicants who have earned or are directly pursuing a higher degree from
a regionally accredited institution without receiving a bachelor’s degree (i.e. PharmD) may be
eligible to apply to the Graduate School without the conferral of a bachelor’s degree.
- If an applicant intends to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies.
- Per program requirements, some programs may require that official transcripts from
each college or university attended be submitted for admission consideration. Currently,
applicants to the following programs must list all colleges or universities attended and provide official transcripts for each:
- Biomedical Sciences MBS
- Sport and Exercise Science — Biomechanics Emphasis (M.S. and Ph.D.)
Official transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent via mail directly from
the educational institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or through an electronically
secure digital program from the issuing institution.
Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
1051 22nd St
Campus Box 10
Greeley, CO 80639
Electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the educational institution to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate School and International Admissions does not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from applicants. All official transcripts, submitted as part of the application process, are retained by UNC and not returned to applicants or admitted students.
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: Standardized Test Scores
Please note: In light of the current COVID-19 situation and the cancellation of many standardized exams, the MBS program will wave the requirement for a GRE, MCAT, DAT or other standardized test score for the upcoming fall 2020 semester. If you have an existing score, we encourage you to provide it, but it will not be a required component for this application cycle.
Submit official scores from at least one standardized test (MCAT, GRE, etc). Request to have GRE test scores sent electronically to UNC (UNC's institutional code is 4074); other scores can be submitted in hardcopy form to the UNC Graduate School (Graduate School and International Admissions, 501 20th Street, Campus Box 135, Greeley, CO 80639)
At least one standardized test with a minimum score of the following:
- MCAT 494
- GRE 300
- DAT 17
- OAT 300
- PCAT 50th percentile
Step 4: Supplemental Items
Log back into the Admissions Portal to submit the following:
Letter of Intent: The letter of intent should be used to explain who you are, your career goals, the path that you chose to reach your current educational standing, your accomplishments along the way, and how you have prepared yourself for graduate/professional school. It is critical that you also highlight your clinical, research, and community service experiences. Your letter can explain why the school should consider you over other persons for a position in the program — in other words, why are you likely to succeed. Tangible examples of past successes are useful to support your argument. The letter of intent is also your opportunity to present compelling information that you do not feel is adequately communicated in the other application materials. The letter of intent should be submitted online to the UNC Graduate School during the application process.
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 recommendation. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.
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 email@example.com, or call 970-351-2170.
This STEM-designated degree program meets the qualifications of students on an F-1 visa to apply for a 24-month extension of post-completion optional practical training (OPT). For more information regarding OPT, please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students.
Please note: This designation does not apply to degree programs that are offered online.