M.Sc. On Campus


University of California, Riverside

18 months
17696 USD/year
17696 USD/year
7628 USD/year
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University of California, Riverside's unique program spans the entire spectrum of modern Microbiology research.


The Graduate Program in Microbiology from University of California, Riverside is an interdisciplinary program with participating faculty from the departments of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, Chemistry, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Entomology, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology and Plant Pathology, and the Division of Biomedical Sciences. Faculty research interests are concentrated in several disciplines in the areas of basic and applied microbiology.

The program is designed to prepare students for teaching and research careers in colleges and universities, as well as basic and applied research in private, industrial and government laboratories. 

To attain this goal, a three-tiered curriculum has been designed whereby students are expected to complete the following:

  • A core sequence of classes in microbiology:  BIOL 221/MCBL 221 (Microbial Genetics), MCBL 201 (Functional Diversity of Prokaryotes) or MCBL 202 (Microbial Pathogenesis), and MCBL 211/SWSC 211 (Microbial Ecology). Typically taken in this order, in the first 3 quarters of the 1st year. 
  • A selection of elective courses in microbiology and other relevant fields chosen in consultation with the student's major professor and the guidance committee in order to develop depth in particular areas of specialization
  • Research training in specific areas of microbiology

The program stresses the importance of innovative and independent laboratory research as the major component of the student's education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Environmental Microbiology and Ecology
  • Microbial Evolution, Genomics and Metagenomics
  • Cellular and Molecular Microbiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California. 
  • A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or B-equivalent (if GPA is not on a 4.0 scale). We recommend that you check with the graduate program as they may have a higher standard for their GPA requirements. If your GPA is below this, follow up with the graduate program you are interested. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and the program can look at your other components and advise you on potential admission.
  • All applications are initially reviewed by the graduate program before a recommendation is submitted to the Graduate Division for final approval. Please visit your the graduate program's website you are interested in for any program specific requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • In-State

    7628 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3814 USD per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Riverside

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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


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