Application and admissions procedures for the PhD program in integrative biology and physiology (IBP) at the University of Minnesota Medical School
Thank you for your interest in our graduate program. At this time, we are a small program, but we hope to continuously grow over the next few years. If you fit any of the categories below, or, even if you do not but still have a unique interest in the Twin Cities IBP Ph.D. Program, then proceed to the next section.
- All application materials are submitted through an online application system.
- Three letters of recommendations are mandatory.
- Research experience in laboratory is significant.
- December 1 is the application deadline, we admit for fall semester only.
Questions? Please contact Jane Barnard, Graduate Program Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org 612-624-8151
Categories of Applicants
- We do have some slots open for very well qualified independent individuals. If you believe you are well qualified (appropriate Calculus, Physics, Biochemistry prerequisites, excellent grades, high GRE scores, preferably with research experience…….) then we invite you to apply.
- We are also accepting applications for Ph.D. training from people with previous medical training who are already at the University of Minnesota or are considering the University of Minnesota Medical School for residency or fellowship training. For instance, a surgical resident, a renal or cardiology fellow, or other comparable student may be interested in bundling their required research into a Ph.D. program. The new Physician – Scientist program is an option here.
- We are also trying to establish ties to local private industries that are engaged in relevant Physiological projects. For instance, there are people working in various biotechnology and bioengineering companies in the Twin Cities that are already doing work in Physiology, and who may benefit from formal training.
- Also, people already affiliated with our graduate faculty are encouraged to apply for admission. For instance, appropriate undergraduate students, lab techs, or other people already working in a graduate faculty laboratory may be good candidates for the Ph.D. program.
Questions? Please contact Jane Barnard, email@example.com or 612-624-8151
- Undergraduate degree with at least one year (3 quarters or 2 semesters) of Calculus, one year of Physics, one year of Biology, and two years of Chemistry. (For the Ph.D., Physical Chemistry is not required, but is recommended). Previous research experience is not required, but is highly recommended. Prerequisites are not absolute, and often a tailor-made program can make-up for a particular deficit.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE, general test is the only requirement; for more information go to http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html ) are mandatory. The Center for Online Education has put together a resource link: GRE Test & Prep Study Guide. Click here for more information about the GRE.
- As a general requirement of the Graduate School, international student applicants whose native language is not English are also required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The IBP Graduate Program does not use an automatic reject threshold for applicants below a set GRE score. We use the GRE scores to help identify potential strengths and weaknesses so that if the applicant is accepted, we can tailor an academic program that best fits the student’s needs. Click here for more information about English language test scores.
- Three letters of recommendation are mandatory.
Admission is on a competitive basis. Admission decisions and decisions on financial support are made separately. However, for maintaining a high quality program, the faculty requires that all entrants be free to devote full-time to scholarship for the Ph.D. Generally, this means that virtually all students admitted to the Ph.D. program are afforded full financial aid for the duration of their studies.
In considering your application we look at more than your academic record and scores on standardized exams. We search for evidence of creativity and initiative in letters of recommendation, previous laboratory experience or other work experience.
Application Deadline: December 1
Application Due Date is December 1, we admit for fall semester only.
All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.
A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the department's admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials are authenticated by Graduate School officials. You can expect a decision by late March or early April.
All admissions decisions are made after an individualized review of the applicants’ completed application files. Your application is only complete if you have completed each item below:
A Checklist For Applying for the Ph.D. Program in Integrative Biology & Physiology
Questions? Please contact Jane Barnard, Graduate Program Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-624-8151