We provide state-of-the-art PhD and MS training at the intersections of animal, human, and ecosystem health. Our primary goal is to educate independent scientists to lead our workforce as private sector professionals, scientists, educators, or public sector officials.
State-of-the-art PhD and MS training
Foremost in our training model, students will achieve scientific acuity and technical excellence through high quality impactful mentored thesis research, supplemented through rigorous core coursework. In addition to this, we offer students a variety of experiential learning opportunities to develop the excellent “transferable” skills that employers seek. In addition to MS and PhD graduate training, we also offer a dual degree DVM/PhD program.
Our mission is to provide education through research that advances animal and human health. We are committed to helping students graduate in a timely fashion through individualized mentoring, clear programmatic timelines, and annual reviews. PhD trainees typically complete their programs in less than 5 years. You will work closely with faculty and peers in a supportive and collaborative environment to develop the critical thinking, technical, and communication skills for successful careers in academia, private industries, or the public sector.
Find a program that’s right for you
Students in the Comparative and Molecular Biology (CMB) program seeks to understand the mechanisms of animal and human health. Training is intradisciplinary and provides students with individualized mentorship in cutting edge technologies.
Research in the Veterinary Medicine (VMED) program focuses on the scientific study of the transmission and progression of diseases of importance to domestic animals, wildlife, and humans with applications to diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine-trained wildlife vet Marissa Milstein works closely with the indigenous Waiwai people to better understand how hunting and consumption habits inform the risk of animal-to-human disease transmission.
Community support resources for students
The College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Minnesota emphasize a welcoming and inclusive environment in which multiple voices and experiences contribute to excellence in teaching, learning, and scientific discovery.
Twin Cities living
Lying on opposite sides of the Mississippi river, St. Paul and Minneapolis comprise a vibrant, green, and welcoming community. The cities maintain nearly 200 parks and lakes with over 1,200 miles of walking, running, and biking trails. Our urban setting provides easy access to arts and culture, professional and Big Ten sports, multicultural neighborhoods and events, and restaurants, including 20 different craft beer taprooms. And yet we are just minutes from open fields, boating, golf courses, skiing, and nature sanctuaries. These are just some of the reasons the Twin Cities consistently rank in the top 10 most livable US cities.