University of Hawaii at Manoa

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
33648 USD/year
33648 USD/year
15600 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Microbiology program at University of Hawaii at Manoa leading to a Master of Science degree in microbiology is designed to provide you with basic knowledge of this field, to permit you to acquire technical competence in the fundamentals of research and to foster creative and independent thinking.


Two calendar years or more are generally needed for the completion of an original thesis, Plan A. Plan B generally take 2 years and does not require a thesis but requires students to pass a series of comprehensive examinations. Plan B is available only to students admitted for the spring of 2007 or earlier. Students admitted for the fall of 2007 and later are required to complete Plan A.

Program Purpose

The Microbiology degree program in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is designed to give students advanced coursework in microbiology and an in-depth introduction to microbiology research. 

Students are expected to design and execute original research projects using traditional and advanced research technologies. They strive to provide each Master’s student with broad knowledge microbiology and in depth knowledge in their area of specialization such that they can enter the workforce as professional microbiologists or continue their academic training in advanced graduate or professional programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to design experiments with appropriate controls, and to conduct original research.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with a variety of classical and modern microbiology techniques. Read, understand and evaluate current literature in their discipline.
  • Research results and interpretations of those results should be clearly presented both orally and in written works.
  • Develop awareness and perspective as a member of a local, national and global scientific community.
  • Compete successfully for productive employment or enter advanced degree programs in microbiology or health-related fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Microbiology
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Introductory Bioinformatics
  • Marine Microbiology 
  • Advanced Topics in Microbiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible, an applicant must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education. At minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance (B average, usually a 3.0 on a 1.0-4.0 scale) for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. 
  • Because the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, admission is competitive.  Meeting minimum admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    33648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16824 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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