Progression of Events to the M.S. Degree 

M.S. students apply to and are admitted directly into the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The graduate advisor will develop with the student a course schedule for the fall term.  Each new student will also be assigned a senior student to act as a mentor for the first year.

In the first semester of study, the MS student will perform a 4-week research rotation in the laboratory of a Departmental faculty member who previously agreed to serve as the student’s rotation mentor. 

The Advisory Committee will include the major advisor and at least two additional faculty, at least one of which must be from within the Microbiology and Immunology program; the third committee member may be from within or outside the Department.  At least one committee member must have a primary appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  The Advisory Committee for combined degree candidates (M.D. or D.D.S. - M.S.) must include an appropriate representative from the Clinical Faculty.  It is the responsibility of the Advisory Committee to counsel the student both in coursework and in research, to determine academic deficiencies, and to suggest corrective measures for such deficiencies, including appropriate coursework.  The Advisory Committee also will recommend for approval by the Graduate School the transfer of academic credits earned at another institution (see Graduate Bulletin for limitations).  At each committee meeting, the Advisory Committee, mentor and trainee should review and approve the student’s educational plan for that year, including the trainees’ laboratory work and attendance at required seminars. 

Satisfactory completion of a research thesis and oral thesis defense will be determined by the Advisory Committee, ordinarily at the end of two years of studies.

All students should consult the Graduate School Bulletin for general requirements of the Graduate School and for detailed requirements of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology ( 

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