M.Sc. On Campus

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

24 months
60446 USD/year
60446 USD/year
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The primary objective of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology MSc program at University of Southern California is to prepare students for a career in the broad field of biomedical sciences with focus on, but not limited to, microbiology, virology, immunology, and cancer research.


This Molecular Microbiology and Immunology MSc program at University of Southern California provides extensive theoretical preparation in combination with hands-on research, where students are trained in research laboratories located on the Health Sciences Campus (HSC), comprising the Keck Medical School, the School of Pharmacy, and the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, or located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

Students will attend required core courses in microbiology, virology, and immunology. They will also have the option of taking elective classes on a variety of topics, such as cell biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, molecular genetics, virology, cellular physiology, stem cell biology, methods in experimental pathology, and English writing skills (for international students).

In parallel to the coursework, a second major emphasis of our training program is laboratory research, where students join one of the many research groups on the HSC or at CHLA and participate in ongoing, cutting-edge biomedical research. A great diversity of research areas is available at USC and includes themes in virology (AIDS, hepatitis, herpes, papilloma, virus-induced cancers, viral pathogenesis), immunology (vaccine development, autoimmune diseases, allergy, asthma, immune therapy, immune evasion by viruses), cancer (oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, cell cycle, apoptosis, signal transduction, drug development, mechanisms of virally-induced cancers, chemical carcinogenesis), stem cells (cancer and embryonic), premature ageing (Werner syndrome, Progeria), and others. Selection of a laboratory for rotation or for optional thesis work is determined by mutual agreement between the student and the respective lab leader.

Employment opportunities with an MS from this Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program are envisioned in:

  • Academic research: universities, institutes, not-for-profit research centers (research and teaching)
  • Academic teaching: community college, primary and secondary schools, technical and specialty schools
  • Industry: biotech, pharma, petrol, dairies, breweries (research and development, vaccines, food and beverage production, sales and technical representation, etc.)
  • Health care: hospitals and health care providers (medical technology, diagnostic laboratory)
  • Law firms (patents, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, toxic torts)
  • Environmental organizations (advisory, management, planning)
  • Government (public health, waste management, EPA, FDA, NIH, etc.)
  • Publishing: journalism, journal editor.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular and Cellular Immunology
  • Current Topics in Immunology
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Infection and Host Response

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


34 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants to this master’s program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in science (usually biology, chemistry, or physics) from an accredited college or university. 
  • Completed online application
  • Statement of purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions
  • Standardized test score (GRE, MCAT)
International Students Additional Requirements
  • Official transcripts from all foreign institutions attended
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • Statement for Financing Studies at USC.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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