Graduation Procedures

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Graduation Requirements

General Master of Science in Microbiology & Immunology 

Students must earn a minimum total of 30 credit hours from the Microbiology & Immunology department. The Program Director will personally advise the students regarding their core curriculum and choice of electives. The final GPA must be 3.0 or above. 

Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy 

Students must earn a minimum total of 30 credit hours from both the Biomedical Sciences departments and the Science, Technology, and International Affairs division. Students must complete required core courses as well as choose from an array of appropriate electives. The final GPA must be 3.0 or above. Student curricula can be customized in individual cases to give more attention to a preferred area of study. 

Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases 

Students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in the program curriculum. Students must complete required core courses as well as choose from an array of appropriate electives. The final GPA must be 3.0 or above. 

PhD Degree Requirements 
  • The program is designed to provide the predoctoral student with a broad background in microbiology and immunology, and at the same time allow for increasing specialization in subdisciplines in preparation for a career in research and teaching. A minimum of 34 credit hours is required for the Ph.D. It is expected that all students will complete courses in General Microbiology, General Biochemistry, Advanced Techniques in Microbiology and Immunology, and Microbiology Seminar. Graduate level specialty courses offered by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology or other graduate departments of the University may be taken to fulfill the remainder of the credit hour requirement, and are chosen after consultation with the student's advisor. For students entering with advanced degrees, the program can be modified in accordance with their previous background, training and interests.
  • The degree requirements for the doctoral candidate also include a high level of performance in the two-part (written and oral) comprehensive examination that is ordinarily given between the 3rd and 4th semester of the student's residence, and the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original laboratory research under the mentorship of a full-time member of the Department as a final examination. In order to develop teaching skills as well as research capabilities, the Department requires all trainees to participate in its teaching programs for medical students.
  • The research training offered to degree candidates is closely related to faculty research activities which include cell biology, cellular immunology, drug discovery, immunogenetics, infectious disease, medical mycology, microbial biochemistry, microbial genetics, molecular genetics, molecular immunology, transplantation immunology, tumor immunology, and virology.

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