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How to Apply

The application process involves two steps - applying to the Graduate School and to the Microbial Engineering Graduate Program. The deadline is January 14th, 2018, for Fall admission.


Step 1. Apply to the Graduate School. Complete the Online Graduate School Application, which requires official transcripts. Please follow the instructions online and send transcripts to:

Graduate School Office of Admissions
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0421

Click here to register with the Graduate School online.

Step 2. Apply to the Microbial Engineering Program.

Graduate Program
in Microbial Engineering
1479 Gortner Ave, Suite 140
St. Paul, MN 55108-6106

Click here to download the Microbial Engineering Application and Checklist.

Decisions will be made by March 1st. Upon acceptance you have until April 1st to accept or decline our offer.

DEADLINE: All applications and supporting materials must be completed and received by January 14th, 2018.
This is not a postmark deadline. Please use delivery confirmation if you are concerned about your materials arriving on time. Materials sent via facsimile (fax) are not acceptable. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Guidelines

  • A good mathematics background is a must, especially for students from a biology-related background. Three calculus courses would be great, two are a minimum and you should have good grades in those courses.

  • Most admitted students in Microbial Engineering have GPA above 3.5 out of 4.0.

  • The average GRE scores for admitted students over the last few years is: verbal: 510, quantitative: 760 and analytical: 3.9.

  • Most students also have research or lab experience including letters of recommendation from their research/lab supervisors.
  • Diversity

    Supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. Diversity includes economic disadvantage, special talents, evidence of leadership qualities, race or ethnicity, a strong work record, and disability. The graduate program in Microbial Engineering provides 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.

    Financial Support

    Research Assistantship positions are available to research track students with a basic biweekly stipend and subsidized tuition and health insurance. Applicants are notified of acceptance and financial commitments by March 16th of each year. Students pursuing the industrial track may apply independently for scholarships. Some internships may carry a stipend.

    Indraneel Shikhare

    "My experience here has been good because I can learn about biology and genetics."