Frequently Asked Questions

Program Information

Are there any prerequisites for the program?

There are no specific pre-requisites for this program. However, this program assumes a broad background in the sciences. It is not for students who have little or no science background. Probably the single most important prerequisite that you should have is some coursework in reproduction and physiology. Past experience has shown that students without an adequate physiology background struggle with the graduate level coursework. The committee reviews each applicant individually to see what science coursework has been taken. We are looking for a combination of some of the following: biology, general chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, reproduction, physiology (this is just a sample – we don’t require you to have taken all of these).

What type of student is most suited for this program?

This program is ideal for students interested in applied reproduction in human/animal embryology, wildlife conservation, reproductive health or research.

Is your program designed for people who have a limited science background?

Our program assumes a broad background in the sciences. If you have a very limited science background, this program may not be right for you, at least not yet.

Is your program designed for people who are trying to satisfy professional school pre-requisites?

No. Most professional school pre-requisites are 100- and 200-level courses, which cannot be applied toward a graduate degree at CSU.

What courses will I be taking as part of the curriculum?

You must complete 30 credits to earn this degree. 20 credits will be required courses that focus mainly in reproduction, physiology and endocrinology. The remaining 10 credits allow students to fill in gaps in their background or simply take a course that sounds interesting. As long as these electives are 300-level and above, they can be selected from available university-wide offerings and are not restricted to courses offered by the BMS Department.

What is the degree that I will actually receive?

All graduates of this program receive a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. A specialization in Assisted Reproductive Technologies will be indicated on the diploma as well.

If I am accepted, what are the requirements of the program?

You are expected to complete 30 credits in coursework, complete a 6 week (120 hour) internship and submit a scientific literature review paper.

If I am accepted, when do I start?

All students accepted into this program start at the beginning of fall semester. The date changes slightly each year, but it is always late August.

If I am accepted, when do I graduate?

Assuming all requirements are fulfilled, most students graduate at the end of the summer term the following year.

What does the program cost?

For the most recent estimate of graduate tuition and fees, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website:

Graduate tuition is calculated to include base tuition and fees plus graduate differential tuition. Please see both links to calculate actual tuition costs.

What kind of financial aid is available?

This program is a self-funded program, which means the department does not have graduate assistantships or fellowships to offer deserving students. Many students pay for the program by taking out federal student loans. Additionally, you may apply for individual scholarships if you meet the eligibility requirements. Another useful resource is the Student Financial Services website.

Am I expected to have extensive laboratory skills?

No. This program will teach you the laboratory skills you need to know.

When do I complete the required internship?

Most students prefer to complete the 120 hour internship over the summer after they have finished their classes. In some cases, students have completed their internship concurrently with coursework, however that requires that the internship not interfere with any other program requirements including lab work and lectures.

Selection Process and Timeline

When is the application deadline?

April 1 is the general admission deadline for full consideration for our program. If after the first round of reviews available seats in the program are not filled, we will consider late applications.

Do you choose residents over non-residents?

No. We are looking for the top 24 applicants. Residency status does not affect our decision.

How many people do you accept in your program?

We admit a cohort of 24 students per year and we only matriculate students in the fall.

I won’t graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree until the summer. Can I still apply?

Yes. As long as your bachelor’s degree will be officially conferred before the start of our fall semester, you are welcome to apply.

Do you offer an early decision deadline?

No. We review all applications after the April 1 deadline. You will be notified with a decision from the ART Graduate Committee by the end of April or beginning of May.

How can I make myself a better applicant?

One of the simplest things you can do is submit your application materials before the deadline. You do not want to be memorable to us because we have to hound you for your application materials. The big secret is that there is no ideal candidate – there are lots of ways to be a great graduate student. Tell us what makes you unique. Why would you be a great addition to our program? Experience has taught us that sometimes applicants who look great on paper don’t end up being great graduate students and vice versa. The burden of proof is on you to convince us why you are a good candidate even if you have a less than stellar academic record.

If you have a lower undergraduate GPA, you might consider taking additional, upper-level science courses. While it cannot change your undergraduate GPA if you have completed your degree, it demonstrates that you are a more focused and mature student than your transcripts may reflect. Additionally, doing well in these courses demonstrates an upward trend in your grades, and this trend is important to the admissions committee.

Additionally, if you performed poorly in key science courses (received a “C” or below), you might consider retaking them to demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts. If you make the extra effort to do this, please let us know on your application!

And lastly, if you are applying with an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or below, we would encourage you to submit a minimum of two evaluation forms from academic sources, preferably in the sciences. This program is academically rigorous and if your GPA is on the low side, references attesting to your ability to handle a tough academic load might be the extra nudge needed for positive consideration by the admissions committee.

Are interviews part of the selection process?

No, we do not conduct interviews.

When will I hear back from you? What’s the timeline for a decision?

We will contact applicants via e-mail at the end of April or beginning of May to let you know whether you have been accepted, wait-listed, or declined.

If I am put on the waitlist, when can I expect to hear from you regarding a final decision?

You could hear from us at any point throughout the summer. Some years, we admit only a handful of students from our waitlist, whereas other years we don’t have the availability to offer a seat to anyone on the waitlist. It varies so much from year to year that it’s hard to predict.

How do I update my address if I moved after applying?

Log on to RAMweb to officially change your address with the university. Additionally, please notify María Alexandra Márquez by email at or by phone at (970) 491-5500.

Application Process and Materials

How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application online through the online application portal.

Can I submit my application before all of my materials have come in?

Yes, you can hit the submit button and then update your application with the rest of your materials as they come in and admissions will update it.

I am/have been a CSU student. How do I send you my transcript?

List CSU on the online application and your transcript will be automatically uploaded.

How many letters of recommendations are required?

We ask that you submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendations. We suggest that these come from academic sources, preferably in the sciences.

Standardized Test Scores

What is an acceptable GRE score?

The committee looks for a score of 300 or better on the combined verbal and quantitative components and a 4.0 or better on the analytical writing component. This is a guideline, not a strict requirement. Your scores will be evaluated in conjunction with the rest of your application materials.

Do I need to take the GRE Subject Test?

No, the general test will suffice.

How do I officially report my GRE scores?

Request that the testing center send your scores directly to CSU. Please use institution code 4075 to ensure that they arrive at CSU; a departmental code is not necessary. Once they arrive, we will be able to access them on our university-wide database. If you’ve already submitted your scores to CSU for a different program (vet school or a different grad program), and the test was taken within the last 5 years, you don’t need to send them again.

What are your institution codes?

Institution Code: 4075

Can I apply with just the MCAT? What is an acceptable score?

Yes. The committee looks for a score of 500 or better as a combined score. This is a guideline, not a strict requirement. Your scores will be evaluated in conjunction with the rest of your application materials.

Will you accept DAT scores in lieu of GRE scores?


How recent must the test scores be?

GRE or MCAT scores must be from tests taken within five (5) years of the application deadline.

I’m scheduled to take the GRE/MCAT after the application deadline. Can I still apply?

Yes, depending on when you will be taking the test. Keep in mind that your scores won’t be available for a month after you’ve taken the GRE/MCAT. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, so it is to your advantage to provide these scores as c​lose to the deadline as possible. Be sure to submit the rest of your application materials by the deadline and then email your scores to as soon as you get them. Do not schedule your GRE/MCAT exam for June or later; by the time we get your scores (it takes a month) it will be too late for you to be considered.


What is the average GPA of incoming classes?

3.3 to 3.4.

What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?

You are still encouraged to apply, but the burden of proof is on you. You want to demonstrate that you can handle a rigorous course-load. If the admissions committee thinks you are a strong candidate despite a low GPA, they can petition the graduate school to waive this requirement. An applicant does not request special consideration; this is determined by the admissions committee. If the graduate school approves our recommendation, you will be placed on “academic probation” your first semester. This means you must maintain a 3.0 GPA your first semester in the program or you will be dismissed by the graduate school. This is explained in more detail in the Graduate Bulletin.

How do I remedy a low undergraduate GPA?

You can’t go back and change the past, but you can demonstrate that you’re a more focused and mature student now. You do this by taking additional upper-level science courses and doing well in these courses or repeating foundational science courses in which you did poorly. You also want to make sure you submit a minimum of two evaluation forms from academic references. Demonstrate what steps you’ve taken to remediate your GPA on your application.

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