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.
Ninety credit hours total for students entering with a bachelor's degree, including:
Forty-five credit hours (minimum) of MICRO 6000
Twenty-nine credit hours (minimum) of 5000-level coursework (14 hours must have MICRO
prefix and be non-zero ending)
Six hours of zero-ending courses, four hours from journal club (MICR6120) and two
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 Ph.D. students.
Research and Faculty
Our faculty members 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
TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers
January 15 (fall admission)
Cost & Assistance
Students accepted into our research M.S. and Ph.D. 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 M.S. or 4+1 Accelerated