Doctorate in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology
The Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology program is designed to provide you with
advanced and comprehensive training in the skills required for working with microorganisms,
as well as an extensive understanding of all aspects of microbial life.
90 credit hours total for students entering with a bachelor's degree, including:
45 credit hours (minimum) of MICRO 6000
29 credit hours (minimum) of 5000-level coursework (14 hours must have MICRO prefix
and be non-zero ending)
6 hours of zero-ending courses, 4 hours from journal club (MICR6120) and 2 hours from
the microbiology seminar series (MICR5160)
General candidacy exam
Publish at least two manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals prior to graduation
JOINthe Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Student Association
This active campus group provides support and volunteer opportunities for microbiology
master's and PhD students.
Research and Faculty
Our faculty members are a nationally and internationally recognized cohort
of scientists that collectively conduct a diverse range of cutting-edge research in
microbiology. Areas include host-pathogen interactions, immunology, environmental
microbiology, photosynthesis, biophysics, human microbiome and cellular signaling.
Information about published works on which you are an author or co-author
GRE required for research option
TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers
January 15 (Fall admission)
Cost & Assistance
Students accepted into our research MS and PhD graduate program are financially supported
by either a graduate research assistantship or a teaching assistantship. They retain
this support when they maintain adequate progress in their graduate studies. Financial
assistance is not usually offered to non-thesis MS or 4+1 Accelerated MS students.