Master’s Program

Curriculum and Requirements

Our 30-credit Master of Science degree program in microbiology and immunology prepares you to enter scientific careers in both the public and private sectors. Your degree can also help you gain entry to doctoral programs as well as medical and dental programs.

Coursework Program

Forty percent of our coursework is elective, allowing you to customize your experience in our program. Your elective choices will allow you to learn about current literature in the field, pursue topics that interest you and conduct independent research with the support of one of our faculty mentors.

After you complete the required coursework, we’ll expect you to successfully pass a comprehensive examination to fulfill the master’s degree requirements. 

Project and Thesis Track Programs

When you begin your master’s education with us, we’ll admit you into a coursework program. If you develop an interest in going beyond our coursework program and pursuing a project or thesis, we’ll give you the option to pursue a project track or thesis track.

If you pursue a project, a faculty mentor must approve it. If you plan to work on a thesis, you’ll need the approval of both a faculty mentor and our program director. Whether you undertake a project or thesis, we’ll require you to precede it with our Introduction to MS Research (MIC 596) course.


Unlike some other programs, you will take courses in all four major research areas in the field. This breadth of study will help prepare you for many career options.

1st Semester

2nd Semester

3rd Semester

4th Semester

Comprehensive Examination

After completing all program coursework, typically in the summer after your second year, we’ll expect you to demonstrate your knowledge through a required examination.

If you select our thesis or project track options, we will not require you to complete a comprehensive examination.

Track Options

Elective Courses

You may choose to pursue independent research in a faculty laboratory. We offer valuable experience with top-notch microbiology and immunology researchers.