The goal of the Master of Science (M.S.) degree program is to prepare research scientists for productive careers at a highly competitive level. The Department a) offers didactic coursework sufficient for rapid mastery of concepts central to the discipline, while emphasizing active student involvement in the laboratory as quickly as possible, b) provides varied forums to enhance student communication/teaching skills, c) expects training to be completed in 2-3 years such that Masters degree graduates are poised to compete successfully for their next position.
Recognizing that the discipline of Microbiology and Immunology had grown to encompass many areas, we developed the concept of focus areas to allow students to specialize within the discipline in Immunology, Pathogenesis, or Cancer. This allows us to have a flexible program tailored to the needs of the individual student. Timely progression through the graduate program is assured through regular interactions with the student's Advisory Committee.
We train our students in such a way that they will be competitive in the ever changing market place. Since our emphasis is on training excellent biomedical researchers, our first responsibility is to instill in them a pattern of life-long learning on their own and to be independent, creative investigators. Thus, the breadth of knowledge the student receives is not limited to didactic coursework. Rather the student is engaged in ongoing accrual of knowledge and accomplishments in Microbiology and Immunology through attendance at the weekly departmental seminar, participation in the weekly departmental Research in Progress meeting, participation in other journal clubs and research meetings, and attendance and presentations at local and national meetings.