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General Information

Michigan State University has organized six of the biological sciences graduate units under one umbrella, designated as the BioMolecular Science (BMS) Gateway. Admissions and the first year of graduate studies are administered through the BMS. Students admitted through the BMS earn their degrees in one of the participating units. The BMS offers students flexibility in their course of study and research training. Prospective students with an interest in pursuing a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics are directed to learn more about the BMS at ( Complete application instructions can be found at ( 

Applicants for entry into the Ph.D. program in microbiology and molecular genetics should have preparation in physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and mathematics through the calculus level in addition to courses in the biological sciences. Preparation in the fundamentals of microbiology is desirable but not necessary. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and grades of 3.0 or above in quantitative science courses, including mathematics. Interested students with degrees in any of the physical or biological sciences are invited to apply.

For additional information, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

We currently aren't accepting students into the Professional Masters program

Information for International Applicants

The Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Department has a long tradition of educating international students, many of whom number among our most distinguished alumni. Applicants from foreign nations may wish to consult the MSU International Studies and Programs Center at

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