Graduate Programs

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The University of Minnesota Medical School Graduate Programs community mourns the death of George Floyd. We are outraged by the brutal manner of his death and the role racism played in the callous disregard for his life. People from across our state and around the world have risen in protest and asked to be heard. We share their pain and add our voices to condemn racial profiling, police brutality, and injustice.

We acknowledge that the state of Minnesota has vast disparities in health, economic status, and educational outcome, largely due to the social construct known as “race,” and the perpetuation of structural racism.

We pledge to educate ourselves, examine our personal biases, and expose where structural racism pervades our institution.

We commit to change. We commit to maintaining our momentum long after the protests have stilled. We commit to transforming our grief and anger to action.

The first actions we will take are these:

  • Listen to our students, postdocs and staff and advocate for them. We listen because we do not have all the answers. We advocate because we have power.
  • Use a collaborative approach to eliminating racism that respects the experience of students, faculty, staff, and diverse community partners. Time spent on these efforts will be administratively supported, compensated, and recognized.
  • Educate ourselves by ensuring all students, postdocs, faculty, and staff receive training on racism, implicit bias, and microagression so that they understand the expectations of treating others with respect, interacting effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, and serving everyone in our community with humanity and cultural humility.
  • Focus additional recruitment efforts in communities that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences (URM). We must provide prospective students with tangible evidence that URM students are not only “welcome here,” but that they also succeed here.
  • Collaborate with the new Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to build programs that recruit and retain faculty of diverse backgrounds and to create a more inclusive academic community.
  • Accelerate developing new curriculum for our students that comprehensively integrates the topic of biomedical research and health equity and how structural racism and accompanying socioeconomic factors are central barriers to it.
  • Evaluate our use of the concept of “race” in research, education, and health care.
  • Perform research and develop policy that can be used to support legislation that acknowledges and works to eliminate the direct impact of racism on the health and well-being of our communities.

We commit to absolute systemic change that will prevent more senseless deaths, reduce racial gaps in healthcare outcomes, ensure that all students are educated equally, and create a better Medical School, University, state, and world for us all.

Also read the actions taken by University President, Joan Gabel.

  • 10 Graduate Programs
  • 440+ Graduate Faculty
  • 365 Graduate Students

MS and PhD in Pharmacology (GRE not required)

(Application deadline, December 2)

The Pharmacology Master's Program and PhD Program have approximately 50 faculty members and 50 graduate students engaged in basic and translational research on the ways cellular biology is affected by drugs and other chemicals.

PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (GRE not required)

(Application deadline, November 30)

The Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Graduate Program offers a highly collaborative environment, with faculty who are committed to fostering students’ growth as a scientist. 

PhD in Rehabilitation Science

(Application deadline, December 1)

Rehabilitation science focuses on research related to human function and minimizing the impact of disabilities. The Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Science aims to provide a high-quality educational experience to train future rehabilitation scientists. Students receive a strong foundation in research methodology and a working knowledge of the importance of a collaborative approach to the scientific process.

PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics (GRE not required)

(Application deadline, December 1)

The Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology & Genetic Graduate Program emphasizes basic research in the fields of genetics, cell biology and development through the use of model organisms.

PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (GRE not required)

(Application deadline, December 1)

The Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Graduate Program focus on determining the molecular mechanisms that underlie biological functions. 

PhD in Neuroscience (GRE not required)

(Application deadline, December 1)

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is a large, multidisciplinary program consisting of 100-plus faculty members from more than 25 departments and nine colleges.

PhD in Integrative Biology and Physiology (GRE not required)

(Application deadline, December 1)

The Graduate Program in Integrative Biology & Physiology (IBP) is a unique hybrid of the field of physiology, the cornerstone of biomedical research and medicine, and the fields of molecular, genetic, and cellular biology.

MS and PhD in Medical Physics

(Application deadline, January 5)

The Medical Physics Graduate Program prepares students for further education, teaching, and research in medical physics; to qualify to enter a medical physics residency program in radiation oncology or diagnostic radiology; and to further their education through advanced degrees, clinical training, or personally motivated continuing education.

MS in Stem Cell Biology

(Application deadline, April 30)

The Master of Science Degree in Stem Cell Biology offers training in stem cell biology, a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that rests on foundations provided by molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Students take lecture, lab, and seminar classes in these various disciplines, in addition to stem cell biology. They interact with members of the Stem Cell Institute through participation in research seminars and journal clubs and spend a full calendar year conducting stem cell research in the laboratory of a faculty member.