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Advanced Master's Status Information

8333 is a one-credit registration option for eligible Master's students who must certify full-time status to be in compliance with requirements of the University and/or external agencies (e.g., employment as a graduate assistant; loan deferment).

    • Advanced Master's Status Application
    • Eligibility:
      • Active status
      • Graduate Degree Plan submitted and approved
      • Completion of all coursework included on the Graduate Degree Plan
    • Deadlines to Submit the Application:
      • August 15th for the following fall term
      • December 15th for the following spring term
      • May 15th for the following summer term

Advanced Doctoral Status Information

8444 is a one-credit registration option for eligible doctoral students who must certify full-time status to be in compliance with requirements of the University and/or external agencies (e.g., employment as a graduate assistant; loan deferment).

                • Advanced Doctoral Status Application
                • Eligibility:
                  • Active Status
                  • Successful completion of preliminary written exam
                  • Successful completion of preliminary oral exam with signed examination form on file with the Graduate Student Services and Progress (GSSP) Office
                  • Completion of all coursework on Graduate Degree Plan
                  • Completion of 24 Doctoral Thesis Credits

                 

GRAD 999

GRAD 999 is a zero-credit, zero-tuition registration option intended for graduate students who have completed all coursework and (if applicable) thesis credit requirements, and who must maintain registration to meet the registration requirement. However, GRAD 999 cannot be used to meet any other requirements of the University or external agencies. The student must also have his or her own health insurance because payment of the Student Services Fee does not render the students eligible to buy University-sponsored health insurance. To register for GRAD 999, students are advised to register online to identify any holds or requirements not met for the class.

 

Multi-Institution Registration

An agreement exists among the campuses of the University of Minnesota that allows a degree-seeking student at one campus to attend another campus as a multi-institutional student for one term during an academic year without losing their status at the home campus.

To register as a multi-institutional student, you will need to complete the Application for Attending Another U of M Campus as a Multi-Institutional Student. Once you have completed this form, please bring to the IBS Program Office. Once processed/approved, you will be able to register for the classes you wish to take at the other U of M campus.

If you are registered for classes at a host campus only, that campus will bill you directly for your tuition and fees. Any financial aid you receive at your home campus will be sent to you in the form of a surplus check which should then be used to pay your bill at your host campus.

If you are registered for classes at both your home and a host campus during the same term, you will receive a bill from each campus for tuition and fees. If you receive financial aid, it will be based on the combined credits that you are registered for at both campuses.* However, your aid will be disbursed and applied to your bill at your home campus ONLY; it will NOT apply directly to your bill at your host campus. You will be responsible for paying that bill separately. If you receive a financial aid surplus check, those funds can be used to pay your bill at your host campus.

Courses appear on your transcript under the header of your home campus for that term. However, if you want to look up grades using 'view my grades', you will need to go into each specific campus' one stop/self-service page to do so.

If you participate in a multi-institutional student agreement, or if you would like a hard copy of the form, contact the One Stop Student Services.

 


Completion Requirements

 

Requirements for M.S. Degree

Students pursuing the M.S. must complete a minimum of 20 coursework credits and 10 thesis credits (30 credits total). Coursework must include 11 core credits in the IBS major field; a minimum of 9 elective credits related to the field of study/emphasis area; andten thesis credits (IBS 8777). Elective credits can be from IBS elective coursework, another graduate program or programs, or for a minor in one particular field such as Applied and Computational Mathematics.In addition to coursework and thesis credits, M.S. students must conduct original research and write and successfully defend a thesis.

For full details, please refer to the IBS Student Handbook.

 

Overview of M.S. Credit Requirements
Summary
Required Core IBS Courses
11 cr
Elective Coursework
9 cr
Thesis Credits
10 cr
TOTAL
30 cr

 

Core Course Requirements for the M.S. Degree
Course # Title
Credits
IBS 8011 Integrated Biological Systems I
2 cr
IBS 8013 Integrated Biological Systems II
2 cr
IBS 8012 Integrated Biological Systems III
2 cr
IBS 8099 The Biological Practitioner
1 cr
IBS 8030 IBS Research Club (Methods)
1 cr
STATS STAT 5411 or STAT 4060 or STAT 5511
3 cr
  TOTAL
11 cr

 

 

Requirements for Completion of the Ph.D. Degree

Students pursuing the Ph.D. must complete a minimum of 26 coursework credits and 24 thesis credits (50 credits total). Coursework must include 13 core credits in the IBS major field; a minimum of 13 elective credits related to the field of study/emphasis area; and 24 Ph.D. thesis credits. Elective credits can be from IBS elective coursework, another graduate program or programs, or for a minor in one particular field such as Applied and Computational Mathematics. In addition to coursework and thesis credits, Ph.D. students must conduct original research, pass preliminary exams, and successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

For full details, please refer to the IBS Student Handbook.

 

Overview of Ph.D. Credit Requirements
Summary
Required Core IBS Courses
13 cr
Elective Coursework
13 cr
Thesis Credits
24 cr
TOTAL
30 cr

 

Core Course Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
Course # Title
Credits
IBS 8011 Integrated Biological Systems I
2 cr
IBS 8013 Integrated Biological Systems II
2 cr
IBS 8012 Evolutionary Processes
2 cr
IBS 8099 The Biological Practitioner
1 cr
IBS 8030 IBS Research Club (Methods)
1 cr
IBS 8980 or IBS 8993 Special Topics.Seminar in IBS
2 cr
STATS STAT 5411 or STAT 4060 or STAT 5511
3 cr
  TOTAL
13 cr

 

IBS policy is to allow registration for IBS 8888 after:

1) completion of the first year of core courses,

2) having a GDP on file with the Graduate School,

3) formation of the examining committee, and

4) submission of a 1 page summary of the proposed research to IBS


Transfer Coursework

Transfer Coursework

Coursework from another institution being used to fulfill degree requirements should be included on the Graduate Degree Plan. An official transcript should be attached to the form unless a transcript showing that coursework is already on file at the Graduate School. If your Graduate Degree Plan is already approved, you must submit a petition along with an official transcript of the other institution.

Students must complete at least 60 percent of their coursework as UMN Graduate student admitted to our program. The transfer of credits is permitted provided the credit comes from another recognized graduate school, or another UMN department, and is approved by advisor and DGS.

Master’s degree students can transfer up to 40% of the coursework included on the Graduate Degree Plan. The remaining 60% must be taken as a registered U of M Graduate School student. Doctoral students can transfer credits from another institution at the discretion of their graduate program. Doctoral and master's students who have taken non-degree seeking coursework for graduate credit at the U of M can only transfer in up to 12 of those credits.

Work to be transferred must be post-baccalaureate, graduate level, and have been taught by faculty authorized to teach graduate courses. It is the student’s responsibility to provide appropriate course documentation (e.g., course syllabi, faculty status information) supporting proposed transfer credits to the program.

In the case of a transfer from a non-U.S. institution, the credits must have been earned in a program judged by The Graduate School to be comparable to a graduate degree program in a graduate school of a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

 

NOTE: Courses taken before the awarding of a baccalaureate degree cannot be transferred.

 

Please also review the Graduate School's policy on Transfer credit.


 

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