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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 PhD 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.
Participating faculty members and researchers come from many departments, colleges, centers and institutes across the university, including:
Additional faculty members are based at partner institutions in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, including:
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.
A minimum of 84 credit hours, including 12 dissertation hours, are required to complete your PhD degree program.
Written and oral comprehensive examinations are required in order to advance to doctoral candidacy.
Applications are accepted Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, with a preference date of Dec. 1.
The MIcrobiology PhD 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.
Note: Your application is evaluated based on your entire application package.
You will be asked to:
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
Applications for Fall 2018 accepted: Oct. 1-Dec. 15, 2017
Priority deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
More information on financial support through the School of Life Sciences.