Graduate Students


At CFANS you will have the opportunity to pursue solutions-driven science in your field of interest. With more than 15,000 square feet of greenhouse space, secure bio-containment facilities, unique laboratories and the 16th largest research library in North America, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to conduct your research.

The college is part of the University of Minnesota, one of the most comprehensive public research universities in the world. The University’s Twin Cities campus is ranked ninth among public research institutions in the National Science Foundation Survey of Research and Development Expenditures.

Graduate Programs at CFANS

More than 650 students are enrolled in graduate programs at the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. We also offer joint degree programs in law and education and the opportunity to participate in the Peace Corps Master’s International Program.

Faculty Expertise

At CFANS you can study with the best. One measure of our faculty’s excellence is how often their research is cited by other scientists around the world. On this basis, the University of Minnesota is ranked 11th in the world in environment and ecology, 20th in plant and animal sciences, 21th in agricultural sciences, and 30th in both and economics and business. Learn more about our faculty expertise and their honors and awards.

Assistantships and Fellowships

The college offers more than 100 endowed fellowships to support graduate study across all of our programs. In addition, we administer several federally and state-funded fellowships. Funding also is available from the University and through research and teaching assistantships.

University of Minnesota Graduate School

Admission to our master’s and doctoral programs is coordinated by the University’s Graduate School. The Graduate School also offers financial support for graduate study and other resources for graduate students. You can find answers to frequently asked questions, needed forms and relevant policies.