24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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This Microbiology award at the University of Wisconsin Madison is a non-admitting, terminal degree for Ph.D. students in Microbiology who have completed appropriate coursework but leave the program prior to completion of the doctorate degree requirements.


The Microbiology program at the University of Wisconsin Madison prepares graduates for research and teaching positions in universities and colleges, for industry or government, and for clinical microbiology.

Research emphasis includes, but is not limited to, prokaryotic (bacteria and archaea), viral and lower eukaryotic systems (fungi, oomycetes, and parasites); antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, bioflim formation; bioinformatics and computational biology; biotechnology and industrial microbiology, including biofuels; cell–cell signaling; cell motility and chemotaxis; DNA, including nucleic acid synthesis, DNA replication and recombination; food microbiology; fungal development, pathogensis, and metablolism; gene expression and its regulation; immunology; microbial physiology and metabolism; macrophage activation and other cell immune systems; mechanisms of microbial persistence; mechanisms of pathogenesis; microbial cell division; microbial ecology; microbial microbiota and metagenomics; nitrogen fixation; quorum sensing; RNA, including molecular structure–function relationships of transfer RNA, small RNAs, RNA polymerase, and other components of transcription and translation; secondary metabolism; structural microbiology; symbioses, including host–microbe symbioses, plant–microbial interactions, animal–microbial interactions, microbe–microbe interactions; and virology, including host–virus interactions.

Dissertation research emphasizes creative and innovative problem-solving using basic knowledge acquired through scientific interactions and collaborations in addition to a thorough understanding of the scientific literature.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a broad understanding of the microbiology principles that underlie all biological processes.
  • Articulate, discuss and define limits to the theory and knowledge in microbiology.
  • Think critically to address research challenges using a broad range of the theories, research methods, and approaches to scientific inquiry.
  • Communicates complex ideas in a clear and understandable matter.
  • Collaborate with investigators within the program, university, and beyond to advance the science of microbiology.
  • Foster professional and ethical conduct in the sciences.
  • Ethical design of experimental protocols.
  • Reproducibility of experimental results.
  • Professional behavior in industrial, government and academic settings.
  • Develop communication skills that enable the articulation of research to fellow scientists and non-scientists.
  • Develop teaching and mentoring skills in both lecture and laboratory settings.
  • Explore career development opportunities in industry, government, academia and private industry to realize professional goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Issues in Microbiology
  • Advanced Genomic and Proteomic Analysis
  • Physiology of Microorganisms
  • Advanced Microbial Genetics
  • Prokaryotic Molecular Biology
  • General Virology-Multiplication of Viruses
  • Biology and Genetics of Fungi
  • Bioinformatics for Microbiologists
  • Microbiology at Atomic Resolution
  • Microbial Symbiosis
  • Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To qualify for admission to the microbiology program, an applicant should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • An online application must be accompanied by a thoughtful essay, strong letters of recommendation from three persons who are familiar with the applicant's academic ability and who can assess the applicant's potential for a research career, transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and an academic resume or CV.
  • Previous research experience is strongly recommended.
  • Students whose undergraduate degree was obtained in an institution in which English was not the primary language of instruction must provide evidence of English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

Tuition Fee

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    25548 USD/year
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    12220 USD/year
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Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
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