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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 ApplyYourself (AY) 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.


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 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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission. Institution code: 6874 (University of Minnesota). The admissions committee prefers GRE scores at the 70th percentile or higher in each category.

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 ApplyYourself 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 in AY before submitting.

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:

Materials: How to submit:
Application Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Ethnicity, Applicant Statements #1 (Personal Statement - which should include research experience) and #2 (Diversity Statement), and letters of recommendations. Please also upload your 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 to the Educational Background section. 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.
GRE Scores Click here for more information about the GRE.


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.