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Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Stem Cell Biology Master's program!  

The Stem Cell Biology Master's program has two plans although the majority of students will complete Plan A in a minimum of 16 months.  The master’s degree under Plan A, requires a thesis; Plan B requires additional coursework and completion of a literature based research paper and seminar.  

Students must apply and submit all materials online.  All recommendations and supplementary materials should also be submitted online. Please do not submit materials via email.  

Application instructions give information about the process of applying to the program.

Once your complete application is received and reviewed, offers of admission will be extended on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Stem Cell Biology Master's program will depend on the following requirements:

  • B.S., B.A., or foreign equivalent in biological sciences or a related field.
  • An operational standard of 3.20 GPA or better (on a 4-point scale) at the undergraduate level.
  • GRE taken in the last three (3) years.

Requirements for international applicants:

  • Preferred English language proficiency: TOEFL score (obtained within two (2) years), with a minimum of 22 on each of the reading and listening sections, 26 on the speaking, and 24 on the writing.
  • IELTS is an acceptable alternative with a preferred score of 7.0 over all (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components).

Process

Using the online application form (see the APPLY NOW button to the right of this information), you will need to provide the following:

1. A personal statement (500 words or less) outlining previous research experience, research interests, and long-short-term goals. Upload your personal statement to Statement #1 in the Applicant Statement section of the online application. Please do not submit Personal Statement #2, as that will delay the processing of your application.

2. A curriculum vitae or resume.  Your CV or resume can be uploaded to the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application.

3. The names of 3 individuals whom you have asked to write a letter of recommendation addressing your previous research experience and ability to pursue graduate study.

4. Transcripts - unofficial transcripts can be uploaded; official transcripts will be requested by the Graduate Admissions Office upon enrollment.

5. GRE - general test scores (ETS Code for University of Minnesota: 6874). 

6. TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants only) (ETS Code for University of Minnesota: 6874).

Finances

The Stem Cell Biology Graduate program cannot currently provide financial support for M.S. students, but offers the following suggestions:

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students (US citizens only) in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend and an education allowance for tuition and fees.  NSF encourages undergraduate seniors to apply. Applications are due by at the end of October of each year. Check the NSF website for exact dates.

The DOVE (Diversity of Views and Experiences) Fellowship is awarded to first-year graduate students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents).  Applications must be nominated by the Director of Graduate Studies and are due in late winter.

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Welcome to all students
The Stem Cell Institute embraces the University of Minnesota’s position that promoting and supporting diversity is central to the academic mission of the University. We are committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.

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Stem Cell Institute
2001 SE 6th Street, Mail Code 2873
Minneapolis, MN 55455-3007
SCI-Admn@umn.edu 
Ph: 612-624-4916

Important Dates

January  - We begin making offers - places can fill up quickly.

April 30 - Application deadline 

May 31 - Last day of admission notification

June 30 - Commitment by student due

Last 2 weeks in August - SCB Training Course begins

Tuesday after Labor Day - Classes begin (Fall semester)