Degree Program & Requirements

Degree Program

The Graduate Group in Microbiology offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in microbiology. This Ph.D. program combines academic and experimental training in modern molecular approaches to microbiological problems. Time for completion of the program varies depending upon the student, but is typically 5 1/2 to 6 years.

The goal of the Ph.D. program is for the graduate student to present a dissertation that makes an original contribution to the body of microbiological knowledge. In the process, the group strives to give the student the opportunity to develop the skills and fundamental knowledge to become an independent investigator in academia, industry, health care or government.

The Graduate Group in Microbiology admits students only for the Ph.D., although occasional students who elect not to complete it may choose instead to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. degree.


Degree Requirements

The Microbiology Graduate Group Ph.D. and M.S. degree requirements (Graduate Council Approval: March 30, 2016) can be accessed here. (PDF)

The Microbiology Graduate Group Handbook can be found here. (PDF)