How to Apply

Application Procedures

January 14 is the deadline for fall admission. 
  • Apply through the Graduate School using Apply Yourself, the University of Minnesota’s online application system.
  • When you start an application, be sure to save your user name and password to return to it.
  • A $75 application fee is due when you submit your application.
  • Complete the online Graduate School Application which includes unofficial transcripts. Click here to register with the Graduate School online.
  • Decisions will be made by March 1. Upon acceptance, you have until April 1 to accept or decline our offer. 

DEADLINE: All applications and supporting materials must be completed and received by January 14.

Application Guidelines 

  • A firm grounding in mathematics is a must, especially for students from a biology-related background. Three calculus courses are preferred, and two are a minimum.
  • The expectation is for strong grades in those courses.
  • Most admitted students in Microbial Engineering have a GPA above a 3.5 average.
  • The GRE is required. The average GRE scores for admitted students over the last few years are verbal: 510, quantitative: 760 and analytical: 3.9
  • We require a personal statement and three letters of recommendation.
  • Research experience is a critical component of most successful applications. You are strongly encouraged to include letters of recommendation from your research/lab supervisors.
  • International applicants are required to provide English language test scores (TOEFL or IELTS). 

Equity and Diversity 

Supporting a diverse student body is central to the academic mission of the University. Diversity includes economic disadvantage, unique 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 biweekly stipend and subsidized tuition and health insurance. Applicants are notified of acceptance and financial commitments by March 16 of each year. Students pursuing the industrial track may apply independently for scholarships. Some internships may carry a stipend.