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Microbiology, M.Sc.

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University rank #987 (BCR) Oxford, OH, United States
The Microbiology graduate program benefits substantially from its interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with departments involved with graduate education in the biological sciences; Biology and Biochemistry. 


The faculty offers high-quality M.S. and Ph.D. programs for students interested in Microbiology. Supported by funding from numerous federal agencies, private foundations and corporations, the Department's twelve research-active faculty members conduct highly regarded research that addresses important health, economic and other societal needs. Graduate students in the Actis labResearch areas of particular emphasis among our faculty are Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Environmental Microbiology, which encompass the disciplines of immunology, molecular biology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics, microbial physiology, microbial pathogenesis, bacterial cell biology, bioinformatics, medical mycology, and virology. Working within a well-defined curriculum and employing state-of-the-art research facilities, the faculty prepares a small, select group of approximately 25 graduate students for successful careers as researchers in government and private organizations or as university faculty.

The Microbiology graduate program benefits substantially from its interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with departments involved with graduate education in the biological sciences; Biology and Biochemistry. These close and active interchanges include collaborative research projects by our faculty, and they also provide the opportunity for our students to take courses in the other programs that enrich their graduate education in Microbiology. Furthermore, our participation in the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Cell, Molecular and Structural Biology and in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology expand the opportunity of our graduate students to engage with scientists with overlapping interests, and with scientists that bring different perspectives. New graduate-level courses in Bacterial Cell Biology (MBI 595) and Principles of Bioinformatics (MBI 585) complement the already strong set of courses available to our graduate students.

Our doctoral graduates have been appointed to prestigious post-doctoral fellowships in some of the most outstanding research institutions in the U.S. This reflects both the talents and capabilities of our students and the perception of the quality of our doctoral program by those institutions. Our students benefit from the intimacy of our program, the interactions with multiple faculty in related areas of research interest, and close research mentoring by the faculty.


Miami University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. Miami's most recent accreditation review occurred in 2015.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Medical Bacteriology
  • Immunology Principles
  • Immunology Principles and Practice
  • Structural Genomics: Advanced Experimental Techniques
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Medical Mycology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Incoming students are expected to have completed a bachelor's degree and to have a good background of college study in the biological sciences and chemistry with a foundation in microbiology.
  • Applications for admission in the Fall semester, due January 15th, will be considered.
  • formal application to Miami University Graduate School
  • official GRE scores
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • official TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • three (3) letters of recommendation, either online or by mail
  • a brief description of the applicant's research interests and career objectives
  • Please see our application procedures for instructions on how to submit these requirements.

Tuition Fee

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    15026 USD/semester
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    6155 USD/semester
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 1095 - 1810 USD/month
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