Master of Science: How to Apply

Admission Requirements 

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • Minimum course requirements: Completion of two semesters of undergraduate biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and calculus; in addition, one course in genetics, one course in microbiology with a laboratory, and one course in cell biology. 
  • GRE/GMAT scores are NOT an admission requirement for the Master’s Degree Program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
  • Graduate student status will start one week prior to the start of fall classes and will be expected to be maintained fulltime status including summers until completion of their Master’s degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
  • Prior to application, students must identify a research mentor within the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in whose laboratory they will conduct their Master’s Degree research. Students may reach out to any of our primary faculty members listed on our Faculty Research & Laboratories page, or they may reach out to any of the secondary faculty members listed on our directory page.

Application Process

  • Identify a research mentor within the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in whose laboratory you will conduct your Master's Degree research. 
  • Applicants must meet all Graduate College application requirements
  • Complete the Graduate College application
  • As part of the application, you will need to submit at least three letters of recommendation. One of these letters must be from your identified research mentor.

Contact Us

Have questions about this program? Contact Janet Murray. 802-656-8255. Email

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