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The Graduate Program in Microbiology seeks students with the intellectual aptitude, independence, and motivation to pursue scientific research. Students are considered and selected on the basis of past academic performance, previous laboratory research experience, recommendations, and individual interviews. While previous experience in Microbiology coursework and research is helpful, the Graduate Program in Microbiology welcomes applicants with varied backgrounds. Students most likely to succeed have traditionally been those with intellectual achievement and creativity, first-hand understanding of laboratory research, and a strong personal desire and motivation to progress in their scientific training.
We are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical) who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.
If you are an applicant with a disability who would like to engage in a confidential consultation about disability access at CU Anschutz, or who requires accommodations to complete the application or interview process, please contact The Office of Disability, Access & Inclusion.
There are 3 ways to enter the Microbiology Program:
The Graduate Program in Microbiology also works closely with the Immunology Program and the Molecular Biology graduate programs, and several labs have joint appointments which can allow for a student to rotate and/or complete thesis work in a Microbiology lab.
Undergraduate Studies | The Graduate Program in Microbiology requires a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA) with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) Grade Point Average (GPA), although exceptions can be considered. Admissions Committee reviews completed coursework to determine if each applicant has sufficient background to pursue our doctoral degree. Specific courses are not required, but coursework in the following subjects is recommended and can enhance an application: Microbiology, Immunology, Virology, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, and Physiology.
Research Experience | Research experience, particularly experimental, hypothesis-driven research experience, is highly recommended. This type of experience is extremely valuable in providing insight to both the Admissions Committee and the candidate as to their commitment to the rigors and rewards of scientific endeavor.
Letters of Recommendation | Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for an application to be considered complete, and thus be reviewed by the Microbiology Admissions Committee. These letters are important and are a critical element for the Admissions Committee’s evaluation of applications. Thus, when possible, applicants should select faculty research mentors that can discuss academic performance, research experience, and the likelihood of the applicant’s future success as a scientist.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 1.
Applications will open September 1, and all application and supplemental materials are due no later than December 1. Applications received after December 1 may not be considered.
To apply for admission applicants must submit the following:
Electronic Transcripts should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If sending a physical transcript, please mail to:
Mail Stop C296
Fitzsimons Building, W5107
13001 E. 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045
Questions should be directed to:MICR@cuanschutz.edu
PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS IS NOVEMBER 1.
Since additional processing is required for international applications, the application may not be complete even if submitted on December 1. Submission by November 1 will ensure time to complete administrative processing before December 1.
Applications submitted between November 1 and December 1 will only be considered if all application components have been received and processed.
International students must meet ALL of the requirements above and those required by International Admissions.
If your application is accepted and you are invited for an interview, the Microbiology Program Administrator will contact you about your travel and help make arrangements convenient for you. The Microbiology Program covers all expenses during your visit, including transportation, lodging, and meals.