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MICaB Graduate Program
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Please note that the MICaB Program only accepts students interested in obtaining a Ph.D., and not a Master's degree.

Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in the MICaB Ph.D. program. All materials are submitted electronically through the Graduate application system (link provided below). Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.

A decision for admission notice will be emailed to you once your application is carefully reviewed by the program’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) are authenticated by university officials. You can expect a decision by mid to late March.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------MICaB only accepts applications for fall semesters.  When starting an application, make sure to choose FALL 2019 for term of entry.


A four-year B.S.or B. A. degree is required that includes the following coursework, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and a minimum of two upper level biology courses (e.g. biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, etc).

Although students who do not meet all of these requirements may be admitted to the program, they will have to complete additional course work to remove any deficiencies as directed by the Committee on Graduate Studies.

The GRE is NOT required to apply to the MICaB program. The Slate application system is run by the Graduate School, which still includes a spot to submit GRE scores.  We can not remove this.  However, our application review committee will NOT be viewing these scores, even if you do submit them.

The Committee on Graduate Studies considers LAB EXPERIENCE important, particularly hypothesis-driven research experience. We strongly encourage applicants to provide letters of recommendation from supervisors of lab work, and to include a description of the focus and goals of their research work.  

Students interested in the program should apply by November 30, for entry the following fall semester.

Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from one of the following English proficiency examinations:

Examination Minimum score
TOEFL 96-100

Financial Support

All MICaB students in good standing are supported financially (i.e. stipend - currently $29,000 in years 1 and 2 and $30,000 in years 3, 4 and 5 - plus tuition and most fees). Completion of financial aid forms is not necessary to obtain support while participating in the MICaB Graduate Program.

Required materials

All application materials must be submitted directly to the admissions system. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully online. You will not be able to add transcripts (or any other uploads) after you have submitted your application. Please be sure all material is uploaded before submitting.

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:

Materials: How to submit:

Required fields:

Term selection- ONLY CHOOSE FALL 2019
- Biographical information
- Personal Background
- Academic History
- Employment
- 3 Recommendations
- Personal statement - (Should be no more than 1 page. Scroll below to see a description of what to include in your statement.)
- Description of Research - (Should be no more than 2 pages. Scroll below to see a summary of what do include in your description of research.)
- Diversity statement - no more than 1 page
- transcript(s)
- resume/cv

Click here to access the online application.

Application fee

US Citizen/Permanent Resident: $75
International: $95
Click here for more information about fees.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the online application.

Please do not mail 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 request official copies of your transcripts.

Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

Three letters of recommendation Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work.Letters of recommendation from supervisors of lab work are strongly encouraged. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Letters of recommendation MUST be submitted via the online application. Paper copies are not accepted.
English Language test scores
(TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
Click here for more information about TOEFL scores.


Personal Statement: In your personal statement describe:
- What makes you tick, what motivates you?
- Why do you want to pursue a PhD degree?
- What areas of research are you interested in and why?
- Why are you interested in the University of Minnesota’s Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Program?
- What are your future career goals?
Please limit your personnel statement to one page single spaced 12 point font.

Description of Research: All MICaB students join the program with a significant amount of hypothesis driven research experience. These research experiences can come in a number of forms including, directed research as an undergraduate, participation in a summer research program, internships, participation in a post-baccalaureate research program, working as a technician or scientist in a lab after graduation, or working in research and development within industry. This usually does not include research that was done in conjunction with an undergraduate lab course. In your research statement please describe all the relevant hypothesis driven research that you have participated in during your time as an undergraduate and/or since earning your undergraduate degree. Please indicate whose lab you worked in, what were the scientific questions you were trying to address, what was your role on the project, what methods were used to answer these questions, and were you able to draw any conclusions from your research. Also, indicate if you presented your research in any fashion (e.g., poster presentation, oral presentation, manuscript, abstract). Please limit your research statement to a maximum of two single spaced pages with 12 point font.

We review applications in December and invite our top domestic candidates to visit us at our expense either January 24-26 and January 31-February 2, 2019. Our top international candidates are interviewed via telephone or video conference.

For further information or any questions, you may contact the MICaB program using e-mail:; phone: 612-624-5947; or fax: 612-626-0623.




Application deadline: November 30 for entry the following fall semester. MICaB is a fall semester start ONLY program.