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Ph.D. Program


Mayo Clinic Ph.D. students studying in library

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. Program include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, a strong background in the basic sciences, and prior research experience.

Prerequisites and technical standards


All Ph.D. Program candidates must fulfill the following requirements for eligibility:

  • A baccalaureate degree, preferably in the biological or physical sciences, must be obtained from an accredited institution. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary. Certification of the degree is required.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is optional.

Undergraduate coursework expectations:

  • Applicants are expected to have completed one year of coursework with demonstrated competence (B average or above) in biology, chemistry, physics and calculus.
  • Additional coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and physiology is encouraged.
  • Applicants for the Biomedical Engineering and Physiology Track are encouraged to have courses in quantitative science and engineering (such as signal processing, computer science, instrumentation).

Note that undergraduate courses are not available at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Technical standards

The following nonacademic criteria (technical standards) are required for all students, with or without reasonable accommodation, to participate in the graduate education program:

  • Able to participate actively in all aspects of laboratory experimentation. Observation and information acquisition requires functional auditory and somatic sensation.
  • Able to communicate your discoveries to the scientific community in English. Required communication skills include speaking, reading and writing. If English is not your native language, the TOEFL exam is one of six ways to demonstrate English language proficiency. See the English Language Proficiency Attestation Form for more details. If submitting TOEFL (must be within three years of application), use School Code 6444 and Department Code 30 Other.
  • Have sufficient motor function to perform lab experiments.
  • Able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize.

Application materials

A complete application includes:

  • Online application (applications only accepted between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1)
  • A personal statement
  • Transcripts of courses from each college or university attended
  • At least three letters of recommendations (including letters from research mentors)
  • If you choose to submit a GRE score report — use School Code 6444 and Department Code 0299 Other

The application fee is $50. The most qualified applicants are invited to interview. Mayo Clinic welcomes applications from diverse learners.