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Microbiology (MS) - Accelerated Master's Program 
Program Description

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.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences -

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.

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Kaitlin Dariel Trujillo
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kaitlin Dariel Trujillo
Director of Graduate Studies
Virinchipuram Viswanathan
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Applicant must be a continuing University of Arizona undergraduate with a minimum cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of ≥ 75 undergraduate units at the time of application and ≥ 90 undergraduate units at the time of entry into the program.
  • Student must be a microbiology major and have completed ≥ 12 undergraduate major credits at The University of Arizona.
  • Completion or near completion of general education requirements.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal letter of intent (statement of purpose) describing research and career goals.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Unofficial electronic copies of all college and university transcripts are to be submitted with the online application

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 January 1st. 


Standardized Tests

GRE scores aren't required if applying to the Accelerated MS program.

Financial Aid

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. 

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

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:

  • At least 15 units of graded coursework in the major
  • ≥ 2 semesters of MIC 595a, Critical Evaluation of Scientific Literature (offered spring semester only)
  • 1 unit of MIC 696a (Research Seminar) taken in the last semester as the thesis defense.

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. 

  • At least 9 research units (MIC 900)
  • 6 thesis units (MIC 910)
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 10 Jul 2017