Admitted Students

Graduate student works in the lab at Mayo Clinic.

As an incoming student, you're part of a diverse group of about 45 new trainees who are starting at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (MCGSBS) this year at one of Mayo Clinic's three campuses.

To introduce you to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Mayo Clinic, as well as to ensure a smooth transition to your new community, you'll take part in a comprehensive orientation session.


Orientation is scheduled for July 1-2, 2019. Please check in promptly at 7:55 a.m. on Monday at the Siebens building, room 04-06 (Grumman Lecture Hall). It will end at approximately 3 p.m. each day. Your full participation is required at all sessions. At check-in you will receive a comprehensive schedule of guests and presentations.

Objectives for orientation

The objectives of our orientation program is to assist in the transition to graduate school by acquainting you with the principles, expectations, and resources of the MCGSBS community within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, which will be your home for the duration of your graduate studies.

Our core objectives include:

  • Engagement
  • Program benchmarks
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Student services

During orientation you will meet other new students, faculty, and staff. You'll learn more about lab rotations, curriculum, and program milestones.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science students have rights and responsibilities. You are responsible for understanding and conducting yourself in accordance with college policies and for upholding community behavioral standards.

The Student Services department serves as the single point of contact for the efficient delivery of value added ancillary support mechanisms which positively enhance and augment your student experience. During orientation, you will become acquainted with our Student Services colleagues in the registrar's office, financial aid office, bursar, and colleagues affiliated with wellness and academic success.

Orientation actions

  • Laptops. You will receive a laptop on July 2. An overview will be provided.
  • Photograph. You will have your photo taken on July 2. Please wear business attire as this photo will appear on your Mayo Clinic Access/Identification Card and is published in the online directory.
  • Identification. You will receive a photo access card that is to be worn on the upper torso at all times while in the medical complex. This card grants access to the buildings and surface parking lots after hours. It also serves as your name badge.
  • Drug screening. You will receive a drug screening form and instructions at check-in. You will have seven business days to comply, and will receive a scheduled timeframe to complete the drug screen at orientation.
  • Dress code. The dress code at Mayo Clinic is business casual. While working in a lab, you will have the option of wearing business casual or individually-owned scrub suits.
  • Address. Be prepared to provide your local address at check-in.
  • Email address. You will receive an email address at check-in. You will use your email address for official communications and notices from the college and graduate school.
  • Training modules. All Ph.D. students are required to complete several online training modules. You will have seven days to complete them.
  • Laboratory/campus tour invitation to Arizona or Florida campus (optional). MCGSBS provides opportunities for laboratory rotations and research at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Florida. You may also choose to complete your entire Ph.D. program in one of these locations. You are invited to participate in a site visit to either Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona or Florida. These visits will allow you to "preview" the Arizona or Florida campus on July 10-13, 2019. Transportation expenses (airport parking and flight), hotel, meal, and activity expenses will be covered. The formal invitation will be emailed to you in May. RSVP is due by May 31, 2019, to Sarah Giese at