Graduate Programs

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The University of Minnesota Medical School offers a number of graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

Our graduate programs in biomedical sciences provide training for careers in academia as well as the public and private sectors. More than 330 faculty members serve as mentors to our PhD students. All biomedical sciences PhD programs offer full financial support (stipend, tuition, and benefits). 

A wide range of graduate research opportunities are also available, thanks in large part to the many research grants held by our faculty and via funding from NIH and NSF training grants.

Several of our PhD programs can be combined with the MD in our Medical Scientist Training Program.

Biomedical sciences studentPhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (application deadline, December 1 NOTE: GRE no longer required)

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

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PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (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. 

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MS and PhD in Pharmacology (application deadline, December 4 NOTE: GRE no longer required)

The Pharmacology Graduate Program is based in the Department of Pharmacology, which has approximately 40 faculty members and 50 graduate students. 

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PhD in Integrative Biology and Physiology (application deadline, December 10)

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. 

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PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics (application deadline, December 1 NOTE: GRE no longer required)

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

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PhD in Neuroscience (application deadline, December 5)

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

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MS and 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.

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MS and PhD in Medical Physics (application deadline, January 12, 2018)

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.

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Stem Cell Research

MS in Stem Cell Biology (application deadline, April 30, 2018 for Fall 2018)

The Master of Science Degree in Stem Cell Biology offers training in stem cell biology, which is 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.

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