PMB Admissions

Application Deadline

The application deadline for fall admission is December 1. Most students start the program in the fall.

Admission Criteria

Prospective students must have earned a B.S., B.A., or equivalent undergraduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education. Required academic preparation includes coursework in biology (plant and animal), genetics, chemistry (organic and inorganic), calculus (differential and integral), and physics. For students with demonstrated academic abilities, coursework deficiencies can be filled during the first year of graduate study.

Competitive applications will have GPAs of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 grading scale), GRE scores, and for international students, TOEFL scores of at least 79, with at least 21 on writing and 19 on reading. Students with M.S. degrees or prior research experience are given stronger consideration.

Required Materials

Applications cannot be reviewed until all of the following required materials are submitted successfully online:

  • Online application
  • Application fee (cannot be waived)
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts (either official or unofficial accepted)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general scores (Subject GRE test is not mandatory)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (International students only)
Application Process

Upload all application materials directly in the application system. Do NOT mail any paper documents to the Graduate School Admissions Office or to PMB.

Refer to the application checklist to ensure that you complete your application correctly and completely. Make sure all materials are included before you submit. You will NOT be able to add or change any materials after you have submitted. If you forget materials, email pmb@umn.edu for assistance.

Application timeline

> December 1: application deadline
> mid-December: applications reviewed
> late-December to early January: invitations to on-campus interview sent out
> mid- to late February: on-campus interview visit
> early March: admissions offers made

Admission Decision

A decision on your application will be emailed to you after your application has been carefully reviewed by the admissions committee. Typically admission decisions are made by early March.