Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

Rochester, MN

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

Rochester, MN

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A rewarding career at Mayo Clinic starts here

At the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, you’ll discover a unique medical training environment of academic inquiry and scientific discovery with exceptional research and technological resources designed to help you achieve your highest academic and career goals. Our students learn from some of the most highly recognized professionals in their fields and benefit from training with the most advanced equipment for a practical, hands-on patient care experience. Mayo Clinic has been training students to become successful allied health professionals for more than 100 years.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences provides an education that goes far beyond what’s traditional with over 45 graduate academic programs. Throughout your education, you’ll be a respected member of the health care team and make a difference before you even finish your program. The School is at the forefront of health care discovery and innovation, and we bring that culture to the classroom to create an unparalleled health science education. With a low 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students achieve academic success in a rigorous and supportive environment. All students are immersed in Mayo Clinic’s multidisciplinary, collaborative model of care early and experience hands-on participation with both patients and researchers.

The Alix School of Medicine
The Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is a national medical school unified by a single innovative curriculum. Educational opportunities are offered across three unique campuses in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. As an integral part of Mayo Clinic, Alix School of Medicine students learn from renowned medical experts who provide specialty care to nearly 1.4 million patients per year. You’ll receive outstanding integrated clinical and research training and acquire the skills to be a leader in an ever-changing and challenging health care environment. Your medical training will include access to the latest advances in medical technology and simulation in state-of-the-art research and patient care facilities. 

Through the MD program, you’ll experience a dynamic learning environment, world-class faculty, and a transformative curriculum for a truly unique educational opportunity where you’ll join in our mission to put the needs of patients first. The focus on clinical experiences that expand upon classroom learning is built into our learning model:

• Pre-clerkship Phase: Students study foundational sciences and pathophysiology while participating in on-campus clinical settings and simulation centers along with community organizations that serve patients.
• Clerkship Phase: Students rotate through the core disciplines of internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, family medicine, neurology, and emergency medicine.
• Post-clerkship Phase: Includes a sub-internship, social medicine rotation, several rotations at Mayo Clinic, and rotations at external institutions in areas of choice and preparation experiences for residency.
• Academic Enrichment: Enrichment is available throughout the curriculum and allows for customization and flexibility for students to pursue their educational and career goals, including selective research experiences, unique clinicals, and dual-degree options.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
At the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, our students learn from unique training experiences at a top academic medical center to become biomedical scientists, educators, and innovators whose leadership will change the world. Our PhD program, taught by scientists who are leaders in their fields, has a long history of preparing students for careers as competitive, independent medical investigators—conducting innovative research from discovery science to translational research to patient care. Through this program, you’ll acquire a broad expertise in biomedical science with the opportunity to go deeper into your primary area of research interest. Choose from eight biomedical science specialty tracks with diverse research opportunities:

• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Biomedical Engineering & Physiology
• Clinical & Translational Science
• Immunology
• Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
• Regenerative Sciences
• Virology & Gene Therapy

It’s recommended for applicants to have prior research experience and completed coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. Additional coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and physiology is encouraged. Applicants for the Biomedical Engineering & Physiology track are encouraged to have courses in quantitative science and engineering. A bachelor’s degree in Biological or Physical Sciences from an accredited institution is preferred but not required. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (An English language proficiency requirement may be applicable.)

The MD–PhD Medical Scientist Training program educates students to meet the demands of a career as a physician-scientist. By combining MD and PhD training, we prepare students to be leaders in clinical medicine and scientific research to significantly impact the future of medicine and science. Our graduates go on to be highly successful in their respective fields of clinical medicine, research, medical education, and leadership. Research experience programs include:
• The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): Immerse yourself in a research lab and work alongside established scientists to build your skills in this 10-week summer program for college students who are entering their junior or senior year and are interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD program.
• Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP): Develop your research experience in this one-to-two-year program that focuses on strengthening the research skills of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds who have recently earned a bachelor’s degree in a biomedical science discipline.
• Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP): Distinguish yourself as a developing scientist in this short-term opportunity designed to provide you with one to two years of research experience before applying to medical or graduate school. (A paid salary and Mayo Clinic benefits are provided.)



Six Mayo Clinic hospitals holding a five-star rating, putting them in the top 7% of hospitals in the country | US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2023


Alix School of Medicine ranked #14 among the “Best Medical Schools for Research” | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Alix School of Medicine ranked #14 among the “Best Medical Schools for Primary Care” | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences ranked #46 among the “Best Biological Sciences Programs” | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Our Campuses

Rochester, Minnesota
Rochester offers four seasons of recreation and is full of energy and advancement. Students enjoy the green space, variety of activities, family-friendly quality of life, and the nearby Twin Cities.

Phoenix, Arizona
Under sunny skies for 300+ days a year, students take advantage of a great foodie scene, nightlife, live music, and extensive outdoor activities within a major metro area.

Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida. When students aren’t studying, they’re enjoying the vibrant art scene, jazz festivals, sports and recreation options, and 20+ miles of beaches.

School of Health Sciences Highlights

• Full integration with Mayo Clinic patient care, creating a uniquely rewarding learning environment extending throughout the medical center campus
Early exposure to hands-on patient and clinical experiences, learning side-by-side with patient care teams
Small class sizes where faculty know your name and classmates become friends and trusted colleagues
Programs that teach the knowledge and skills of each profession but also interprofessionalism, patient-centeredness, altruism, and service excellence
State-of-the-art educational technology side-by-side with age-old methods of face-to-face learning from experienced preceptors and mentors
Supported faculty in their journey to be outstanding educators and scholars
Teaching students to prepare for lifelong learning and self-development in a fast-evolving world
Commitment to increasing the diversity and cultural competency of learners and faculty

Alix School of Medicine Highlights

• National medical school with a shared curriculum across three campus locations in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida
2:1 student-faculty ratio, providing individualized attention and mentoring
Integration with one of the nation’s leading hospitals ranked #1 in most specialties
Comprehensive financial aid program designed to make the School affordable and accessible
Immediate clinical experiences during the first year of medical school
Specialty career advising offered to students much earlier in the curriculum to assist with specialty of choice
Access to diverse patient populations in multiple care settings across campuses
Outstanding faculty and mentors who are world leaders in their fields and mentorship programs, such as the MedSib family and diversity program
Innovative training, including the Science of Health Care Delivery and Student/Physician Wellness
Focus on wellness and relationships in an environment where you and those important to you will thrive

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Highlights

• Full support through a guaranteed internal fellowship, eliminating the need for a faculty member to provide financial support for the first five years of the program
Research training by leading investigators in fields ranging from molecules to populations, all in the context of exceptional health care
National destination for research training of students from backgrounds underrepresented in science
Career Development Internship program allowing students approximately 100 hours of off-site internship opportunities to explore possible career interests
The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), a two-year fellowship funded by the NIH for 20+ years that provides new students with mentoring and peer support, professional development training, communication skills, grant-writing workshops, and more

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Mayo Clinic has an attitude of excellence, positivity, and growth. It is the perfect environment to foster learning.”

    • Lukeson
      Pharmacy Intern ‘20
  • “It is unlike any other college experience I have ever had. I’ve met many amazing patients and doctors; my classmates and instructors are awesome! Everyone goes out of their way to make sure you succeed.”

    • Mikayla
      Radiography ‘20
  • “One of my favorite things...would be the hands-on experience as students. We get to interact with patients from day one.”

    • Jennifer, Respiratory Care '19
      Alumni, Employee
  • “Mayo Clinic truly does place the needs of the patient first...I’ll never practice differently having seen those effects firsthand.”

    • Matthew, DPT '19
      Alumni, Employee