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The department is built around scholarly activities with three important missions: cutting-edge research programs to address relevant biomedical problems in microbiology and immunology, a graduate training program to educate strong, independent research scientists, and a commitment to provide knowledge-based service to the state, national and international communities that will improve global understanding of the microbial world, infectious diseases and host immunity to infection. Graduate (and postgraduate) education programs offer the basic principles of microbiology, pathogenesis, and immunology as well as research training opportunities in the laboratories of established scientists with diverse research interests.

The department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology (MMI), in partnership with the faculty from the department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VPB), now called Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Graduate Program (MPT), offers a comprehensive graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. This program provides individualized training that is strongly oriented toward basic research in molecular and cellular biology, immunology and host-parasite interactions. Graduates completing this training are prepared to pursue challenging and rewarding professional careers that involve research and teaching at supervisory levels in both the academic and private sectors.

Degrees Offered

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 10

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University
  • Desired Courses in the following: biology; advanced courses in biochemistry and/or molecular biology are highly desirable; chemistry (quantitative or organic); physics; mathematics
  • Only completed applications will be considered for Fall admission. Applicants are selected for admission in the program based on their potential to conduct high-quality, independent research.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based9217171717
TOEFL Paper-based5805252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Program

  • Departmental application (built into the Office of Graduate Studies online application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (submitted through the Office of Graduate Studies application)
  • Official GRE scores (Institution Code = 6875 Department Code = 0206)
  • Personal statement- Should be at least two paragraphs in length. Include why you want to complete your Ph.D. training in this program. Please state your goals, previous research experience and why you are interested in microbiology and immunology.
  • A CV highlighting any conferences, abstracts, articles, etc.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only)