Microbiology, MS

The Microbiology graduate program offers a dynamic research environment, encompassing a broad range of base, translational, and use-inspired research areas, as well as cutting-edge transdisciplinary training. You will have many opportunities to work with world-class faculty and collaborative research partners committed to training scientific leaders with the necessary skills to address significant global microbiological research problems and challenges.

Our Microbiology MS program provides a unique environment in which to receive advanced training in the scientific study of microbes and their impact on humankind. The program has a vibrant group of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students interested in attaining a broad understanding of the biology of microbes and their influence on disease and the environment.

We integrate many aspects of microbiology ranging from the molecular to global and planetary. We work with scientific tools ranging from nanotechnologies to genomics, and mathematic models to satellite-based imaging. We also draw on the expertise of microbiologists from diverse research areas — an asset only possible in a large research institution such as ASU.

For this reason we welcome graduate students with non-traditional backgrounds who may be able to transcend these diverse research areas. 

Program of Study

The plan of study is designed by you and your supervisory committee, which consists of a professor in the major and three additional faculty members. In addition to the formal coursework in microbiology, virology, and/or immunology, which will be tailored to facilitate your individual research goals, you will receive training in scientific teaching and responsible research. 

Required Hours

A minimum of 30 credit hours, including 21 elective and 6 dissertation hours, are required to complete your MS degree program.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, with a preference date of Dec. 1.
The Microbiology Master's program admits one group of students annually to start their program the following August.  

There is no guarantee that applications received after Dec. 15 will be reviewed. In January, the top applicants will be invited to a recruitment event scheduled in mid- to late-February. 

Before applying, we encourage you to read our Tips for Applying.

We will notify you of your admissions status by April 15. 

Desired qualifications:

  • Research experience 
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores: 50% Verbal and 70% Quantitative 
  • International students: TOEFL score of 100, or IELTS score of 6.5

Note: Your application is evaluated based on your entire application package.

To apply, simply follow the How and When to Apply link below.

 You will be asked to:

  1. Review the university standards, degree program timelines and application requirements
  2. Complete the graduate admission application
  3. Send official transcripts, general GRE scores and language tests (international students only) to graduate admissions services
  4. Fill out the academic record form and upload it 
  5. Submit a non-refundable application fee 

Program Faculty



Joseph Blattman, Program Director

Degree Offered

Microbiology, MS
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

View Plan of Study

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2019 accepted:  Oct. 1-Dec. 15, 2018
Priority deadline:  Dec. 1, 2018

Financial Support for Graduate Education

More information on financial support through the School of Life Sciences.

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