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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

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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.

Meet our Departmental Faculty


Admissions Requirements

  • Official transcripts, including overall GPA
  • Three letters of professional recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Information about published works on which you are an author or co-author

Test Scores:

  • TOEFL scores required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers

Application Deadline:

  • January 15 (fall admission)

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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 M.S. students.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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