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Making Connections Through Research

Graduate students at UMD are out in the field and in the lab tackling a wide range of subjects with dynamic research.

Graduate student Ryan Steiner is working on a bird research project with faculty at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI).

Mutli-Disciplinary Model 

The Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program is a university-wide, multi-disciplinary M.S. (Plan A only) and Ph.D. program designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the biological sciences.

Integrated Biosciences M.S.

Integrated Biosciences Ph.D.

University of Minnesota Graduate Education Catalog

Excellent research and classroom opportunities are available on both the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.

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Our Unique Program

Students can choose advisors from numerous University departments, as well as associated faculty at the Natural Resources Research Institute and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth.

In order to ensure an integrative approach, our program includes:

  1. A first year course sequence required of all students that includes courses in integrated systems approaches in biology, advanced evolutionary biology, experimental design, a course in either animal or plant physiology, and professional practice and ethics.

  2. Student research/journal clubs.

  3. Colloquia in current topics of research interest of the faculty.

  4. Specialization in one of the following emphases: Chemical Biology emphasis or Cell, Molecular, and Physiological Biology or Ecology emphasis, Organismal, and Population Biology emphasis. 

Financial support is available through both research and teaching assistantships. Graduate students holding an assistantship receive health benefits and tuition waivers. 

Please review the requirements to complete the program. You can also review these requirements and other necessary information in the IBS Student Handbook.

Fall 2020 Admissions - Open November 1, 2019

Spring admission not offered

Upcoming Deadlines:

01/01/20 - IBS applications to be considered for DOVE Fellowship
01/15/20 - IBS Application Priority Funding Deadline
03/15/20 - IBS Application Final Deadline

Application Information

Application Fees:

$75 - U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

$95 - International Applicants

Important Dates

  • Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving Break - UMD Closed
  • Dec. 3: Spring 2020 Course Registration deadline (for determining Biology Graduate Teaching Assistant assignments)
  • Dec. 6: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec. 13: Last Day of Finals
  • Dec. 23, 24, 25 & Jan 1: UMD Closed
  • Jan. 15: First Day of Classes Spring 2020