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Master's in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology

The Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology program is designed to provide you with advanced, comprehensive training in the skills required for working with microorganisms, as well as an extensive understanding of all aspects of microbial life.

Curriculum

  • 30 credit hours required for students entering with a bachelor's degree
  • Research option: combination of coursework and research, with expectation to publish at least one manuscript in peer-reviewed scientific journal prior to graduation.
  • Non-thesis option: course-heavy program that can be completed in one calendar year
  • 4+1 accelerated masters option available for OSU undergraduate students majoring in microbiology

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

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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.

Admissions

Admissions:

Research Option Applicants:

  • 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

Non-Thesis Applicants:

  • 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
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume 

Accelerated 4+1 Applicants:

  • Official transcripts, with a minimum 3.2 GPA on coursework completed at OSU
  • Three letters of professional recommendation from OSU faculty members
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Test Scores:

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

Application Deadlines:

  • January 15 (Fall admission)
  • Rolling deadline for Accelerated 4+1 non-thesis applicants

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.

 

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