Application Information

Please note: While the University's Graduate School application system still includes a spot for GRE scores, the GRE general and subject scores are NOT required to apply to the IBP graduate program.  Our review committee will NOT view these scores, even if submitted.

  • Application Procedure
  • Application Process
  • Application Procedure

    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 PhD Program, then proceed to the next section.

    1.  All application materials are submitted through an online application system.
    2.  Three letters of recommendations are mandatory.
    3.  Research experience in laboratory is significant.
    4.  December 1 is the application deadline, we admit for fall semester only.

    Categories of Applicants

    1.  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, preferably with research experience) then we invite you to apply.

    2.  We are also accepting applications for PhD 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 PhD program. The new Physician – Scientist program is an option here.

    3.  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 PhD program.


    •  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.
    •  As a general requirement of the Graduate School, international student applicants whose native language is not English are also required to provide proof of English language proficiency by taking a proficiency exam. Click here for more information about English language proficiency testing.
    •  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 PhD. Generally, this means that virtually all students admitted to the PhD 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 Process

    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.

    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 PhD Program in Integrative Biology & Physiology

    1.  Before beginning your online admissions application, please visit the Graduate School's Application Instructions site which has very useful instructions. Access the online application.

    2.  Application Fee: Click here for more information about fees.

    3.  Our program does require 3 online letters of recommendation.

    4.  Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application. Do not mail in paper copies. Click here for important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials.

    5.  Written statements:  Statement 1 (Personal Statement) Please write a 1 to 2 page statement which makes clear why you want to persue a PhD in Physiology.  Describe your lab research experience, and why that research was motivating.  For each research project you led or were involved in, please use the following subsections to help you summarize your studies: Background, Experimental Question, Methods, Results and Discussion. Please be brief while providing sufficient detail.  Outline your immediate educational and long-range career objective in relation ot Physiology. Please include if you have a research area you hope to specialize in or a specific mentor you hope to work with.  Statement 2 (Diversity Statement) This is an optional statement. Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success.  If you have anything you want us to consider or any unique experiences, this can be provided in the Extenuating Circumstances Statement (optional).

    6.  English Proficiency Scores: These should be entered electronically into the online application system. Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores.

    7.  The application form will allow you to upload a resume or curriculum vitae. We ask that you upload a brief resume that lists what you have been doing since high school in chronological order. Please do not leave any gaps in time.

    8.  You do not have to apply for a fellowship via the online application. The PhD program in Integrative Physiology and Biology typically supports all of our PhD students with a monthly stipend (competitive with other nationally ranked schools) as well as full tuition, and fringe benefits. Financial support is provided through the IBP department and associated graduate program.