Integrative Anatomy University of Missouri

Admissions for the IA Doctoral Program

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Evaluation and selection of IA candidates will be performed by IA faculty, subject to approval by the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences. Subsequently, IA students will be admitted into the Pathobiology Area Program. Please direct questions regarding the application process, deadlines and materials to the Director of Graduate Studies (see below).

Prospective students must have a solid background in science, with experience in evolution and biology. Prior courses in evolutionary biology, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, chemistry, physics, sedimentary geology, and/or statistics are highly recommended. Preference will be given to students with strong academic record and strong letters of recommendation. Research experience at the undergraduate or masters level is desirable.

For international applicants only, MU Graduate Studies requires the following minimum scores:
  • TOEFL IBT: total (80), reading (20), listening (20), speaking (20), writing (20)
  • TOEFL PBT: total (550), reading (54), listening (54), speaking (n/a), writing (54)
  • IELTS: total (6.5), reading (6), listening (6), speaking (6), writing (6)

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation: 3 required
  • Statement of Purpose/Intent
  • Curriculum vitae (or résumé)

Application Procedure

Applications for admissions are due yearly on January 15th for Fall semester matriculation. Applications are not reviewed at other times.

Submit via the online application to the University of Missouri Graduate School:
  • All required Graduate School and PAS documents, such as transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required; code 6875).
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation: 3 letters of recommendation are required. Provide these names and contact information for each in the "Recommendation Provider List".
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • At least one writing sample (e.g., publications, proposals, upper-level course term papers, thesis, etc.)

Important: When registering online, choose the following options
  • For "Admissions Category": choose Doctorate- On Campus
  • For "Program of Interest": choose Pathobiology Area Program/Integrative Anatomy Focus/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Financial Aid from the Program

Some sources of funding require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program web site or ask the Director of Graduate Studies for details regarding extra- and intra-mural programs and sources of funding (e.g., NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, MU Life Sciences Fellowships, MU Graduate Fellowships, MU training grants).

Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Kevin M. Middleton
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
M263 Medical Sciences Building
One Hospital Drive
University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, MO 65212
email: MiddletonMail
phone: 573-884-3192
fax: 573-884-4612

The application deadline for admission is January 15th, annually. Applications are only accepted for Fall matriculation.