Admission Criteria

NEW FOR THE 2017 - 2018 APPLICATION CYCLE:
 
The 2017-2018 PhD Graduate Handbook is now available
here. The MS Graduate Handbook is available here.
 
The Department of Pharmacology no longer requires GRE scores for admission into either the PhD and MS programs. Applicants are welcome to report their scores on their applications, but are not obligated to do so.

For those affected by the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters in and around the United States, applicants may petition the Director of Graduate Studies for a deadline extension request. All such requests should be e-mailed to Dr. Colin Campbell (campb034@umn.edu).
 

Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of undergraduate record, GRE score, previous research experience, and letters of recommendation.

The following is a list of general pre-requisites needed for admission:

General requirements for admission

Four Year B.A. or B.S. degree (or its equivalent) in a basic science program

  • Undergraduate GPA 

International applicant requirements for admission

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • TOEFL:
    • Internet
    • Paper
  • IELTS

Four-year B.A. or B.S. degree (or its equivalent) in a basic science program

  • Undergraduate GPA

Minimum scores

TOEFL: Internet-based TOEFL: 100; paper-based TOEFL: 600; computer-based TOEFL: 250

GPA: Average GPA of accepted students in recent years is 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

GRE: the GRE is now optional. Scores may be self-reported, but are not required to submit your application.

Research experience

Previous research experience is not required to obtain admission to the program. However, many students have had moderate to extensive research experience.

Evaluation

We do not use GRE scores as cutoffs, nor do high grades and scores guarantee admission. Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of undergraduate record, Graduate Record Exams scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical), TOEFL where applicable, previous research experience, and letters of recommendation, a statement of goals and interests, and perceived program “fit.”

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