DVM/PhD Program

The combined DVM/PhD program is a formal training program that offers rigorous training for careers at the interface between basic sciences and veterinary medicine. The program provides for broad training in mechanisms of health and disease and facilitates interdisciplinary interactions, preparing students for academic or industrial careers in veterinary medical sciences.

What to expect

The combined DVM/PHD degree program is a collaboration between basic sciences and clinical medicine. Veterinarian scientists are skilled in both hypothesis-based research and clinical practice. The combined degree requires completion of all professional DVM degree requirements as well as additional graduate study and bench research leading to the completion of a PhD thesis. Dual degree graduates progress to careers in biomedical industries, academia, and agricultural enterprises.


Tuition, fees and funding

The student’s advisor provides support during the graduate training portion of the combined degree program. Successful DVM/PhD students receive tuition remission in the third and fourth years of the professional curriculum based on completion of the research requirements for a PhD thesis. Students completing degree requirements using the sequential option (see application criteria below) are provided a higher stipend during their PhD study.


Application criteria

All students must first be either selected for an interview or accepted into the professional DVM program prior to being considered for the PhD training program, and only those students with outstanding grades and prior research experience are accepted.

There are two options for meeting the dual degree requirements: Students who pursue the concurrent dual degree option will complete their first two years of the DVM curriculum prior to entry into the graduate program. Following completion of the PhD thesis requirements, students return to the professional curriculum. Students are selected based on GPA and participation in summer research within the College of Veterinary Medicine following their first and second year of professional degree studies. Students who choose the sequential dual degree option first complete the requirements of their DVM degree prior to beginning their graduate studies.

Ready to apply?

Applicants who have been invited for an interview in the DVM program can apply to the PhD program online.

Click here to access Apply Yourself to start your application.

Please select Comparative and Molecular Biosciences - PhD for Fall 2016.

Applicants will need to assemble a resume or CV, names and e-mail address of three people who can comment on their academic and research skills, an applicant statement, a credit or debit card to pay the $75 to $95 fee, unofficial transcripts or academic records from each secondary learning institution attended, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores if applicable.

Interested students should contact Dr. Mark Rutherford, associate dean for graduate programs, at ruthe003@umn.edu for additional information and advice.

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