Master of Science in Microbiology Microbiology-Immunology [1-year]

The Master of Science in microbiology-immunology is a nine-month, non-thesis program designed to strengthen the scientific academic portfolio of those seeking terminal professional degrees (D.V.M., M.D., P.A.) and provide preparation for those seeking careers in biotechnology and research, giving students a competitive advantage for success on either path.

Application Changes for 2020-21 Cycle

Due to COVID-19, applications will be accepted through July 15, 2020.

The admissions committee has agreed to make test submission (GRE, MCAT, DAT) OPTIONAL for the 2020-2021 cycle due to the COVID-19 outbreak and test center closures.

about the department

Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

With a focus on understanding internationally important infectious diseases, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology is home to world-renowned scientists and leaders in laboratory research. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working alongside faculty with specialties in bacteriology, mycobacterial diseases, prion biology, vector-borne infectious diseases, virology, and computational biology.

Program Highlights

  • Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology is a world leader in infectious disease research

    Curriculum encompasses theoretical and applied aspects of microbiology, virology, immunology, and molecular biology

  • Emphasis on developing real-world professional skills

    Including verbal and written communication competence, how to responsibly conduct research, and biosafety knowledge

  • Active engagement and relationships with representatives from biotechnology, government, and public health sectors

    Communication with industry representatives ensures the program remains pertinent and effective, and seminars provide students with new insights into career options and valuable networking opportunities

  • Hands-on research opportunities

    Opportunities in cutting-edge biomedical research are available to interested students

Career Opportunities

Our program will help you succeed in professional school, or prepare you for a career in a wide variety of fields.

60% of graduates pursue a career as a research associate (academia, biotechnology, government). 20% of graduates attend professional school (medical, osteopathy, veterinary, dental, physician assistant).

  • Academic Research Associate
  • Biotechnology Research Associate
  • Brewing
  • Dental School
  • Government Research Associate
  • Graduate School
  • Medical Care
  • Medical School
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Science Education
  • Veterinary School

Application Information and Deadlines

Interested applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered for this program. The Graduate Record Exam is required.

Interested applicants are expected to have a strong fundamental training in the sciences, particularly the life sciences. Prospective students who may not have sufficient undergraduate science training are urged to contact the program staff to discuss background courses that should be completed prior to enrollment.

To apply, complete the Online Graduate Application via the Graduate School.

Because this is a fall-start only program, if you select a spring start your application will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified via email by the end of July with an admission decision.

When completing the Online Graduate Application:
1. For program, select “Microbiology (M.S.)”
2. For area of study, input “Microbiology”
3. In the plan of study section, select “Professional Paper, Project, or Cumulative Exam (Plan B)”
4. Faculty identification is not required

Date Action
April 1 Application Deadline
July 15 Rolling Admission and Application Acceptance

Online Graduate Application

Contact Us

Have questions about the program, minimum requirements, application process, or tuition and financial aid? Fill out the contact form to get in touch with our program staff.

For additional questions, contact Collette Hageman at (970) 491-3464.

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