The goal of the Microbiology & Molecular Genetics graduate program is to provide basic education in various core disciplines of modern biology and intensive training in specialty areas relative to a student's research interests. This is achieved through a program of formal coursework, seminars, and, most importantly, original and creative research. In addition, students are given the opportunity to master written and oral preparation skills relevant to their future careers. Following completion of the doctoral degree, most graduates initially enter postdoctoral research programs, followed by careers in academia, industry, research labs and other research-related venues.
Our graduate program centers on the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The department also offers joint Ph.D.-professional school programs for students wishing to combine medical and basic research interests. The Master of Science degree is also offered for students in the B.S./M.S. programs. Students may enter the Ph.D. program either immediately following a B.S. degree or after completion of an M.S. degree. Descriptions of our degree programs can be found on our Graduate Degrees page.
Graduate education is coordinated by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). The DGS provides guidance in initial enrollment, choice of laboratory rotations and counsels students about their education and future careers. Once students select a faculty mentor ("major professor"), they will be guided by both that professor, the DGS, and a committee composed of three to five additional faculty.