The Microbiology Graduate Program provides postgraduate education in the basic science disciplines, including microbiology, immunology, and food safety, embracing an integrative approach to science. Students will develop a broad academic foundation with a concentration in at least one science discipline. The ACBS faculty members constitute the core Micro faculty, however there are faculty members in other UA departments who have academic credentials and interests appropriate to the Micro Graduate Program that also participate as Micro faculty. Admission to the program is linked to a commitment by a Micro faculty member to mentor the student and assure adequate support for the student to successfully complete his/her degree. Therefore Micro students have the advantage of a designated graduate advisor from the outset. Limited numbers of Graduate Assistantships are available through the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences and the Soil Water and Environmental Sciences and Plant Sciences Departments to supplement support for Micro students.
The School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS) brings together animal scientists, veterinarians, microbiologists and others to offer the strongest possible programs in research, education and outreach. This school was formed in order to offer more integrated research and educational opportunities in the animal and biomedical sciences.
Applications will be accepted from students who have reached an agreement with a faculty member to serve as a mentor and who have applied to the Graduate College in the standard manner. Students in their junior (3rd) year should submit an application to the AMP prior to February 1st.
GRE scores aren't required if applying to the Accelerated MS program.
Graduate status will be granted once the student has completed their undergraduate degree. Students are then charged at the graduate rate and will be eligible for graduate assistantships. Those who complete 12 graduate units, but not the undergraduate degree, will be considered as graduate students for financial aid and tuition purposes.
After acceptance into the Accelerated Masters Program, students register to take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses during their final year to complete their Bachelor’s degree. During this first year in the AMP, students will meet with their advisors to plan their graduate research. Once the student’s bachelor’s degree has been completed the student will focus on their remaining graduate coursework and their research-based thesis in order to complete the requirements for the Master’s degree.
Once a student is admitted into the AMP they may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework, which may apply toward both their Bachelor’s degree and their Master’s degree. During this time students will be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain undergraduate scholarship eligibility.
At least 12 graduate credits must be taken while in graduate status, after completing all degree requirements for the bachelor’s. The degree program requires a minimum total of 30 units of graduate coursework. This will include the Master’s Thesis and at least 15 regularly graded units of course work, as well as a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The MGP requires completion of the following:
MGP graduate students are required to attend seminar each semester regardless of registration for the course, unless there is a course scheduling conflict on the days that
seminar is scheduled. Attendance will be monitored and recorded in the student’s annual progress report.