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Maria Jose Gomez-Quijano doing field work

Planting Seeds for Our Future

Graduate students like Maria Jose Gomez-Quijano are conducting research at UMD that will help us determine how best to adapt to climate change and preserve our environment.

An Integrated Approach to Research and Learning

The Integrated Biosciences Graduate Program is a University of Minnesota systemwide program, offering M.S. (Plan A only, thesis required) and Ph.D. degrees. The program emphasizes principles that connect all fields of the biological sciences and prepares students for a variety of careers in their chosen area of study.

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 (on both the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses), as well as associated faculty at the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth, the University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth Campus and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy - Duluth Campus.

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 and professional practice and ethics.

  2. Student research/journal clubs.

  3. Special topic courses that are chosen by both faculty and students.

  4. Specialization in one of the following emphases: Chemical Biology emphasis; Cell, Molecular and Physiological Biology; or Ecology, 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 2021 Admissions - Open - starting November 1, 2020

Spring admission not offered

Upcoming Deadlines:

01/01/21 - IBS applications to be considered for DOVE Fellowship
01/15/21 - IBS Application Priority Funding Deadline
03/15/21 - IBS Application Final Deadline

Application Information

Application Fees:

$75 - U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

$95 - International Applicants

Important Dates

  • Nov. 26-27: Thanksgiving Break - UMD Closed
  • Dec. 3: Spring 2021 Course Registration deadline (for determining Biology Graduate Teaching Assistant assignments)
  • Dec. 11: Last Day of Classes
  • Dec. 18: Last Day of Finals
  • Dec. 23, 24, 25, 31 & Jan 1: UMD Closed
  • Jan. 13: First Day of Classes Spring 2021