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MS Program in Microbiology

Application procedures and instructions for submitting a Masters or PhD application are available on the
Graduate Education page. MS Program in Microbiology does not require GRE Scores.

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The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers a graduate program leading to the Master’s Degree in Microbiology. The goal of this program is to prepare students for scientific careers in many areas of microbiology and immunology.

Research training focuses on the major topics of the research faculty in the department: microbial pathogenesis, molecular genetics, microbial physiology, molecular virology, tumor immunology, cytokines and immune regulation. These research programs provide students with training in the latest experimental approaches in molecular and cellular biology applied to important problems in microbiology, virology and immunology. 

If you are a University of Rochester undergraduate student, you should consider applying to the B.S./M.S program, which should be done between the spring of junior year and the fall of senior year.

Courses and Standards


A list of the courses required for the MS degree in Microbiology is found here.

Research Training

The research training of our students is provided by approximately 40 faculty members. This provides students with a diverse range of research opportunities in basic and clinical science laboratories.

The M.S. program normally requires two years of study, and is completed by submitting and defending either a research thesis or an essay.

Application and Application Process Forms

Students interested in the M.S. degree may apply to the Program at any time, but are encouraged to apply early during the calendar year (for matriculation in the Fall), in order to allow adequate time for the Admissions Committee to consider their application. The application deadline for Fall semester admission is May 1st.  We do not offer admission during the Spring semester.​

Application procedures and instructions for submitting a Masters or PhD application are available on the Graduate Education pages.

MS Tuition and Financial Aid

Fees for 2021-2022 Academic Year:

  • Tuition:  $1,818/Credit Hour
    • 30 credit hours to earn MS degree. 
    • May be necessary to register for either MS Dissertation or Continuation of MS Enrollment for the third and fourth semesters
  • Health Insurance: $3,648/Year ($1,824/semester)
    • $354 per semester for Mandatory Health Fee
    • $1,470 per semester for the Health Insurance
  • International Student Fee: $50 per semester

Federal work-study program funds, government or personal loans, and part-time employment opportunities can be used to help cover tuition and living expenses during the M.S. Program.  The Program does not offer assistantships, stipends nor tuition waivers for MS students.


A variety of University and private housing is available for graduate students in locations close to the University. These include furnished and unfurnished accommodations, for both single students and students with families. After receiving an admission letter, a student can contact the University Apartments Office for information and a housing application.

Applicant Visits

Prospective applicants who may be in the Rochester area and wish to visit the Department are very welcome to do so. To arrange such a visit, write or call (585) 275-3402 in advance OR email the department.


Visit our alumni page for a list of graduates from our program.