Stem Cell Biology Master's program Admission
Welcome to all students
The Stem Cell Institute embraces the University of Minnesota’s position that promoting and supporting diversity is central to the academic mission of the University. We are 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.
Thank you for your interest in the Stem Cell Biology Master's program!
The Stem Cell Biology Master's program has two plans although the majority of students will complete Plan A in a minimum of 16 months. The master’s degree under Plan A, requires a thesis; Plan B requires additional coursework and completion of a literature based research paper and seminar.
Note that the program admits students only for Fall Semester. All application materials (including recommendations and supplementary materials) must be submitted online. Please do not submit materials via email. In the "Materials" area of the online application, the Diversity Statement and Extenuating Circumstances Statement are optioinal. Please don't upload anything to the Writing Sample and Description of Research fields.
Applications are due by April 30. Completed applications will be reviewed and offers of admission will be extended on a rolling basis.
Admission to the Stem Cell Biology Master's program will depend on the following requirements:
- B.S., B.A., or foreign equivalent in biological sciences or a related field.
- An operational standard of 3.20 GPA or better (on a 4-point scale) at the undergraduate level.
- GRE taken in the last three (3) years. View recent guidance about at-home testing options from ETS.
Requirements for international applicants:
- English language proficiency:
TOEFL score (obtained within two (2) years), with a minimum of 22 on each of the reading and listening sections, 26 on the speaking, and 24 on the writing is preferred.
- IELTS is an acceptable alternative with a preferred score of 7.0 over all (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components).
Using the online application form (see the APPLY NOW button to the right of this information), you will need to provide only the following:
1. A personal statement (500 words or less) outlining previous research experience, research interests, and long-short-term goals.
2. A curriculum vitae or resume.
3. The names and contact information of 3 individuals whom you have asked to write a letter of recommendationaddressing your previous research experience and ability to pursue graduate study.
4. Transcripts - unofficial transcripts can be uploaded; official transcripts will be requested by the Graduate Admissions Office upon enrollment.
5. GRE - general test scores (ETS Code for University of Minnesota: 6874).
6. TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants only) (ETS Code for University of Minnesota: 6874).
The Stem Cell Biology Graduate program cannot currently provide financial support for M.S. students, but offers the following suggestions:
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students (US citizens only) in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend and an education allowance for tuition and fees. NSF encourages undergraduate seniors to apply. Applications are due by at the end of October of each year. Check the NSF website for exact dates.
Find more possible funding sources
Estimate your cost of attendance
On the Onestop site where you estimate your costs, the general graduate tuition rate applies to students in the Stem Cell Biology Master's Program.
Ready to apply?
January - We begin making offers - places can fill up quickly.
April 30 - Application deadline
May 31 - Last day of admission notification
June 30 - Commitment by student due
Last 2 weeks in August - SCB Training Course begins
Tuesday after Labor Day - Classes begin (Fall semester)