Commencement Spring 2017

Director of the IBS Graduate Studies Dr. Jennifer Liang confers a Master's degree to Fatima Alwan.

Fast Facts

As of Fall 2019:
  • 198 students have entered the IBS Program since Fall 2006 (172 M.S., 26 Ph.D.)
  • The IBS program typically admits 10-15 M.S. students and 3-5 Ph.D. students each year.
  • Average undergraduate GPA for Ph.D. students: 3.72
  • Average undergraduate GPA for M.S. students: 3.45
  • 128 M.S. & 19 Ph.D. degrees conferred (students graduate monthly)
  • Average years to completion: 2.96
  • 95% of M.S. graduates are employed or seeking further education in a field related to their degree
  • 44 active students: 12 doctoral, 32 masters
  • IBS students have authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications since 2008, in addition to more than 50 non-peer-reviewed publications
  • Approximately 70 active faculty representing:
    • Swenson College of Science & Engineering (Duluth)
    • School of Medicine (Duluth and Twin Cities)
    • College of Pharmacy (Duluth)
    • Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI - Duluth)
    • College of Science & Engineering (Twin Cities)
    • EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division (Duluth)
  • IBS Graduate Faculty are PI or CoPI on active grants totaling more than $60 million
  • One full-time Graduate Program Coordinator and an annual operating budget of approximately $225,000