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Integrated Biosciences Ph.D.

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Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, 251 Swenson Science Building, 1035 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-6898; fax: 218-726-8152)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 56
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • The Integrated Biosciences Ph.D. is an All-University program delivered on the Twin Cities and Duluth Campuses. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the degree granting authority for the Integrated Biosciences Ph.D. program in Duluth.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The all-University integrated biosciences graduate program offers study toward the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program has two areas of emphasis: cell, molecular, and physiological (CMP) biology; and ecology, organismal, and population (EOP) biology.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
A bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in the biological or physical sciences or a related field.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Recommended undergraduate courses for applicants pursuing the Ph.D. degree include one year each of chemistry, biology, physics, calculus, and advanced chemistry. One semester (minimum) of statistics is also reocommended. Additional recommended courses for students in the ecology, organismal, and population (EOP) emphasis include one year of calculus, one semester each of ecology and evolutionary biology along with one course in two of the following subjects: genetics, cell biology, biochemistry. Additional recommended courses for students in the cell, molecular, and physiological (CMP) emphasis include one year of organic chemistry plus one course in each of the following: genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
20 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Ph.D. Written Preliminary Examination: In addition to completing the curriculum for the major and internal related fields, students will be required to pass both a written and oral preliminary examination prior to completing the Ph.D. program. The preliminary written examination will be administered once the student has completed the majority of the required coursework. This will typically occur in the summer of the second year. The written examination will consist of a completed NIH or NSF grant application for the student's proposed research project. The project will be evaluated by the Thesis Examining Committee, which will also serve as the student's Final Oral Examining Committee to provide continuity of advice during the length of the student's research program. Ph.D. Oral Preliminary Examination: The oral preliminary examination will be administered within two months of the successful completion of the preliminary written examination. The examination will be administered by the graduate faculty according to University regulations and all students will be required to pass the oral examination to continue in the Ph.D. program. Most students will complete the requirements for the Ph.D. degree within five years. The final oral defense will be conducted by the graduate faculty according to University regulations. It will consist of a public seminar presented by the student.
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