Graduate Program (Ph.D.)
Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis
The major objective of graduate education in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Graduate Program is research training. Students are grounded with a strong foundation in basic concepts of microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and immunology and allowed flexibility in choosing advanced coursework in their specific areas of interest. Each student will complete an original, in-depth research investigation and document that investigation in the form of a written thesis or dissertation.
The overall educational objective of the program is to produce doctoral students capable of designing, performing, and directing independent research in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis as well as teach at the highest academic levels.
In general, four to five years are required to complete the Ph.D. program. Students have to complete core courses, take at least 30 hours of course work, pass candidacy exam (in written and oral), and defense dissertation research. Students will enter the program as second year students after successfully completing the common first year core curriculum, which is directed by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
Applicants to the graduate program of Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis must have an earned bachelors or masters' degree from an accredited institution. Applicants should have a strong background in biological sciences, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies directs the Recruitment Committee and Admission Committee for the recruitment and selection of applicants into the first year core curriculum. All applicants are required to take the general aptitude sections of the Graduate Record Examination. A minimum combined score of 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative) is required for admission. Foreign students must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
To be admitted into the Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis students must have a 3.0 GPA in the first year core curriculum courses and a grade of B or better in any courses taken in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology.
Students in the Program will be supported by fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, faculty research grants, and individual fellowships from outside sources. Support will include full tuition, health services and hospitalization insurance to the student, and a monthly stipend. The Financial Aid Office can provide more information.