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        • The IBS Program only offers Fall semester admissions. Spring semester admission is NOT offered.



        • Please carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the online application pages.You can only submit your application one time.If you have updates to any information you have submitted, please notify the admissions office at once. If you have updates to your personal account information (i.e. name, email address) you must update that information yourself. Failure to do so will result in our not being able to contact you regarding the status of your application or your application.


        • The decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your completed application is carefully reviewed by the department's admission committee. You can expect a decision by late March or early April. Although not a program requirement, you are strongly encouraged to be in direct contact with any IBS faculty members with whom you wish to work.



        • January 1 is the internal application deadline for applicants who wish to be nominated for the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship. For information, instructions, and eligibility, please visit:https://diversity.umn.edu/gradeducation/dove.
          • Applicants who meet all eligibility requirements must request to be nominated by emailng: ibs@d.umn.edu
        • January 15 is the priority application deadline. Applications received by January 15 will be given priority consideration for admission and financial support. Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a space and funds available basis.


        • March 15 is the final application deadline, although we strongly urge applicants to submit their application well before this deadline.


Application Process

The IBS Program only offers Fall semester admissions.Spring semester admission is NOT offered.


ApplyYourself Campus Selection Notes:

        • When selecting "What is your proposed major and degree objective" please select one of the following under the Twin Cities Campus Programs:
                                          • Integrated Biosciences - MS
                                          • Integrated Biosciences - PhD
        • When selecting"What Campus will you be attending", please select:
                                          • The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (even if the campus you propose to study at is the Duluth Campus).
                                          • Please specify your campus of choice on the IBS Supplemental Application below and in your online application under "Applicant Statements - #1".



All application materials must be submitted directly through the ApplyYourself admission system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

Make sure all materials are included before you submit. You will NOT be able to add anything after submission.

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:


Materials: Where to Submit: How to Submit:


Electronically via Apply Yourself

Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2 - Personal & Diversity, and three (3) Recommendations.

Additional information:

Description of Research, Teaching or Work Experience; Resume; or CV, as well as the IBS Program Supplemental Application (below):
Submit under Graduate Program Supplementary Information section in appropriate area.

Honors, Awards, or Lists of Publications:
Submit under Honors, awards, activities section All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Click here to access the online application.

IBS Program application

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here to download and complete the IBS Program Applicationand upload it under Graduate Program Additional Application in the Program Supplementary Information section in ApplyYourself.

Note: declaring a minor is not required

Application Fee

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here for more information about fees.


Electronically via ApplyYourself

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

3 Letters of Recommendation

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Enter complete information about your references online using ApplyYourself.

Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommender's, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies arenotaccepted. A minimum of 3 recommendations is required, there is no maximum.

English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores.

GRE Scores

Electronically via ApplyYourself

When you take the GRE exam by computer, you will get to a point where it asks you what institutions you want to send the scores. One of the institutions is the University of Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul (code 6874). No department code is needed.

GRE scores must be less than 5 year years old. If you already have your scores you can send a copy electronically to ibs@d.umn.edu. Unofficial copies will be accepted for initial review; however, official copies must still be sent to the Graduate School.

Click here for more information about GRE Scores.

For additional questions related to IBS Admissions, please contact:

Dawn Norman
Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies
251 Swenson Science Building
1035 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone:(218) 726-6898
Fax: (218) 726-8152

International Students

We base our TOEFL, MELAB and IELTS standards on those of the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

The Graduate School embraces the Regents policy and welcomes applicants from all over the world.

How do I get an application for admission? What are the English language requirements? Find answers to your common questions...

Application Questions?

Please see:

Check your email and application status frequently (the Graduate School and/or IBS Program Office will notify you if you are missing documents and/or when your application is complete).

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