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Application and Admissions

Admission Requirements
  • D.V.M. or equivalent; students with a B.A. or B.S. in biological sciences may be considered
  • A preferred performance level of 3.25 GPA (on a 4-point scale)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission, but these scores (obtained within five years) will be taken into account if provided
  • Clinical and laboratory experience (preferred – not required)
  • Students whose native language is not English are required to submit scores (obtained within two years) from one of the following English proficiency examinations:
TestMinimum Score Requirements
TOEFLTotal - 79, Reading - 19, Writing - 21

Application Process

All materials must be submitted online.

Click here to access the ApplyYourself system to start your application.

Required Application Materials

MaterialWhere to SubmitHow to Submit
ApplicationUpload to ApplyYourself

Required fields:

  • Personal Information
  • Application Information
  • Educational Background
  • Applicant Statement #1
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation

All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Click here to access the online application.

Application FeeUpload to ApplyYourselfClick here for information on application fees.
TranscriptsUpload to ApplyYourself

You must list on your online application each institution of higher learning from which you have earned credit. You must also submit transcripts or academic records for each of these institutions. This includes partial or incomplete transcripts.

Unofficial Transcripts
Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself online application. Please do not submit paper copies of this material because it will cause delays in your application processing. Click here for more detailed instructions.

If you have been previously enrolled at the University of Minnesota (any campus), you can get electronic copies of your transcripts from OneStop student services.

Official Transcripts
You will only be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records if you are admitted. These must be submitted before you register and enroll at the University of Minnesota.

If you have attended universities that issue official transcripts on request, you must have these materials sent to the Graduate School Admissions Office directly from the institution. An official, notarized (signature and seal) English translation should be attached if the transcript is not in English.

For English language translation services in the Twin Cities area, click here or contact the Graduate School Admissions office at 612-625-3014.

The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.

Three Letters of RecommendationUpload to ApplyYourselfAcceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable.
TOEFL Scores (If applicable)

Enter in ApplyYourself

Official scores from ETS should be sent to:

Institution Code: 6874 (University of Minnesota)
Department Code: 0617 (Veterinary Medicine)

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for fall semester is December 15.

Financial Support

After the program advisory committee determines that the student meets eligibility requirements, a faculty advisor with the ability to fund the student is sought. Students are only recommended for admission if a suitable faculty advisor with financial support for the student can be identified. Students with financial support from their government are only recommended for admission if a suitable faculty advisor can be identified.

Students are encouraged to contact faculty in their area of research interest to facilitate identifying potential faculty advisors.


Questions regarding the application process or the VMED graduate program in general can be directed to Kate Barry at

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