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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 above criteria, or, if you do not fit the above criteria but still have a unique interest in the Twin Cities IBP Ph.D. Program, then proceed to the next section.
Before you apply, you can directly contact Stephen A. Katz, Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Integrative Biology and Physiology.
An individualized discussion with Stephen A. Katz (preferably via phone, e-mail, or in person) will immediately let you know if our Physiology Graduate Program is a good fit for you.
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. 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.
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.
The final deadline for receipt of applications is March 1st. However, we strongly urge that all applications be submitted by Jan 1st so that we can have enough time to determine if you are eligible for special funding. We admit students for entry into Fall (early September) Semester.
The University of Minnesota Graduate school maintains a web site for application to any graduate program including the Integrative Biology and Physioloyg (formerly Cellular and Integrative Physiology) graduate program. (See below.)
Also, the Graduate School catalog has much more information concerning requirements, transfers, and degree programs. Go to their Web site http://www.catalogs.umn.edu/grad/index.html and then click on general information, or choose another topic.
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 Cellular & Integrative Physiology
The Graduate School embraces the University of Minnesota’s position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society. The Graduate School and its constituent graduate programs are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.