Master of Science: Program Requirements


A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the Master's Degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.  Students must also meet the Graduate College requirements for the Master's Degree, including maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students must complete the following courses: MMG MS Requirements 2021 - 2022.

Studies Committee

The student’s Studies Committee will consist of the student’s research mentor, a member of the MMG Graduate and Medical Student Education Committee, a faculty member from outside the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department to serve as the Chair of the Studies Committee and a fourth member at the discretion of the student in consultation with their research mentor.

Comprehensive Exam

By the end of the first year, M.S. candidates will write either an extensive literature review or research proposal that pertains to their research interests.  Students can expect guidance from their advisor and Studies Committee in the writing of the proposal, but must assume responsibility for the final version and must acquire sufficient mastery of their chosen subject area to defend the proposal.  Students will present their written proposal to their Studies Committee.  That Committee will determine if the written proposal is satisfactory and, if it is, schedule an oral defense.  During the oral defense, the Committee shall be free to explore the knowledge of the student on a range of subjects related to the proposal, much as occurs during a thesis defense.  If the written review/proposal is deemed unsatisfactory or if a student fails the oral defense, the candidate will be given one opportunity to rewrite or re-defend his/her proposal. If the student fails a second time, s/he/they will be dismissed from the M.S. program.

There is no fee for the Master’s Comprehensive Examination. The result and date of the examination is recorded as a notation on the academic transcript.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Advancement to candidacy requires the satisfactory completion of the comprehensive exam.

Thesis Writing and Defense

Thesis writing cannot begin until a student has become a Candidate for the Degree of Master of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and has received approval from the student’s Studies Committee.

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