Degree Requirements

Course requirements:

The requirements for completion of the Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology include the completion of 34 credit hours.  (Curriculum)

Research Rotations:

Students will do rotations in 2 or 3 different research programs during the first year. For each rotation, students are responsible to have their mentor(s) fill out a Lab Rotation Form. Students should select a thesis mentor by the end of the first year.

Qualifying and Comprehensive Exams:

The qualifying examination is designed to demonstrate that students have gained sufficient knowledge from their required coursework to continue in the program. Students will identify a topic important for Microbiology & Immunology and prepare a research proposal on that topic. Students will identify a topic and select an examination committee at the end of the first year and must successfully defend this proposal to the committee by the end of the third semester. Students who fail this examination will be allowed to revise the proposal and defend it. In this case, the examination must be completed by the end of the fourth semester.

PhD Dissertation:

After completion of all examinations and coursework the students will complete a doctoral dissertation in accordance with regulations of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which can be found here. Please use this checklist as guidance. The thesis committee will determine when the dissertation is acceptable. All Ph.D. students are responsible in submitting their forms to our BGE Student Services Office to Holly Sanders. All of these academic forms can be found on the left side under the program, or here as well. 

Guidelines for PhD Graduates