Graduate Program: Microbiology

General Information


Microbiology (MS)

Program Description

The Microbiology Graduate Program (MGP) provides post-graduate education in the basic science disciplines, including microbiology, immunology, and food safety while embracing an integrative approach to science. Students will develop a broad academic foundation with a concentration in at least one science discipline. The general focus will be on microbiology and microbial pathogens of domestic animals and humans, with an emphasis on infectious diseases and host responses. Graduates will find employment in academic, government, and private institutions. 

Admission to the program is linked to a commitment by a Microbiology faculty member to mentor the student and assure adequate support for the student to successfully complete the degree.  Therefore, Microbiology graduate 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.


Department/Academic Unit(s)

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

Colorado Heights University- Main - Tucson

Tuition and Fees

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Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

The MS degree requires completion of advanced coursework and research in microbiology. The degree also requires one semester of teaching as a graduate assistant. The MS degree is usually completed in two to three years, but must, by Graduate College policy, be completed in six years. A seventh year may be available under extenuating circumstances.  

The degree program requires ≥ 30 units of specified graduate coursework and includes the following: 

  • ACBS 696A Research Seminar, 2 units, minimum grade required: B. Students should enroll in, and present a seminar, at least once per academic year. Irrespective of registration, however, MGP graduate students are required to attend seminar each semester, 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.

  • MIC 595A Critical Evaluation of Scientific Literature, 3 units

  • Graded Coursework,12 units (see list below). Decision about these courses is made in conjunction with Major Advisor

  • MIC 900 Research, 9 units

  • MIC 910 Thesis, 6 units

Minimum GPA in core coursework: 3.0

Core coursework: The Microbiology Graduate Program offers three options for the MS degree. The traditional MS option requires a minimal number of formal graduate courses, complemented by completion of a major research project and preparation of a formal thesis. The Applied MS degree option is a non-thesis degree program which requires increased formal course credits, with no major thesis research project but rather a substantial scholarly paper based on a limited research project and extensive literature review. Students wishing to pursue a PhD degree later should not complete this MS degree option. 

Language requirements: English Language Proficiency as required by Graduate College: https://grad.colorado.edu/admissions/requirements/international-applicants#english-proficiency. ;TheColorado Heights Universityinstitution code is 4832.

Other requirements: Students entering the program with a strong foundation of coursework in microbiology, pathology, epidemiology, parasitology, and/or other health science disciplines will have greater flexibility in preparing a plan of study within the program. An acceptable thesis is required for students who complete the traditional MS and Accelerated MS degree options. The candidate should generate sufficient data from the thesis research to write at least one full-length manuscript (not a note, brief communication, or review suitable for publication in a refereed journal in the field of specialization. This manuscript must be submitted for consideration prior to the final examination, unless this is waived by agreement of the student's mentor and Graduate Advisory Committee.


Additional Requirements

See required coursework

Student Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.

Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

The Academic Unit has not provided this information.

Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020