Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)

Enroll in a graduate Master's program while finishing your undergraduate degree

  • The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Accelerated Master's program (AMP) is designed for UVM undergraduate science majors an opportunity to complete their Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree within a total of 5 years on average.
  • This program is best for motivated students who are interested in enhancing their academic and research background before entering the professional world.
  • You must apply for admission in your junior year and will start taking graduate level classes in your senior year.
  • Full-time graduate student status begins the summer after the undergraduate graduation and will be kept until completion of their Master's degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. 
  • Undergraduate students who graduate in January must initiate Masters research in the spring semester and will be expected to continue their research over the summer and fall semester.

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Admission Requirements

  • Have a minimum of 75 credits by the end of Junior year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • Enrollment in an undergraduate Bachelors program and have completed following classes:
    • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 1500 and CHEM 1550)
    • General Chemistry (CHEM 1400 and CHEM 1450)
    • Calculus I (MATH 1212 or 1234)
    • Microbiology and Infectious Disease (MMG 2010)
    • Introduction to Molecular Genetics (MMG 2040)
    • Genetics (BCOR 2300)
    • Molecular and Cell Biology with Lab (MMG 2990C - also cross-listed with BCOR 2500)
  • Courses taken as undergraduate that count towards the Masters degree must be graded with letter grades (A-F, not P/F; S/U; SP/UP). 
  • Independent study, internship and research credits DO NOT count towards the Masters degree.
  • Students must have received their graduate college acceptance notice prior to enrolling in Graduate classes.
  • If more than 9 credits of graduate level coursework are taken prior to receipt of the Bachelors degree, only 9 credits will count towards the Masters.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Every student must have identified a research mentor (within MMG) in whose laboratory they will conduct their Masters degree research.
  • Three letters of reference (one from your mentor in MMG)
  • Contact MMG Faculty

Application Process


Contact Us

Have questions? Contact Dr. Leigh Knodler. 802-656-0726 Email

For more information about the Graduate College, please visit: The Graduate College