24 months
31798 USD/year
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Microbiology from University of Tennessee Knoxville offers both the M.S. and Ph.D.; students have the option of selecting from a variety of graduate research programs. 


About this Degree

Requirements for the M.S. degree are 30 semester hours, with courses in microbial genetics, virology, immunology, biochemistry and other related subjects.  The doctoral student must present a dissertation after having completed at least 24 semester hours of dissertation research. In addition, the student must complete course work in the various areas of microbiology, biochemistry, and statistics. Each new graduate student meets with an advisory committee chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies, to plan a program of study for the first one or two semesters until a research advisor is selected. 

 All first-year students participate in a laboratory rotation program during the first semester of study.  This program allows the student to adjust smoothly to the research programs of the department, to develop a background of research procedures and concepts, and to facilitate the selection of a research professor.  Usually the student selects a research professor toward the end of the laboratory rotation period.  The major professor assists in the selection of and carrying out of a suitable research program and in the naming of a thesis or dissertation committee. Microbiology is offered at University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

Required Courses

  • Complete graduate course requirements as determined by the department and the student’s faculty thesis research committeeMICR 500 (6 credit hours)
  • One course in biochemistry, molecular biology or bioinformatics as approved by the student’s advisory committee
  • One course in statistics (STAT or other identified course) as approved by the students advisory committee

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Domestic applicants may apply up to two weeks prior to the beginning of the desired term of entry


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate program with a 3.00 or better GPA on a 4.00 system.
  • Included in the undergraduate course credits should be
    • a full year of general biological science; one year of calculus;
    • two years of chemistry, including one year of organic;
    • one year of physics; and
    • an introductory course in microbiology.
    • In many cases, deficiencies in requirements may be removed by taking appropriate courses during the first year of graduate study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31798 USD/year
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  • National

    31798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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  • In-State

    13380 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
Living costs

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