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Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Jan 15
  • Contact Information

    4007 LSB
    (801) 422-4293
    Admission Requirements

    1. Statement of intent explicitly stating field of interest and career goals
    2. Baccalaureate degree or equivalent in microbiology or biological or biochemical sciences
    3. Classes in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics are recommended
    4. Employment History
    5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    6. Cover Letter
    7. Copies of Publications
    8. List of Presentations
    9. Foreign credential evaluation for international students
    Program Requirements
    Requirements for Degree

    • Credit hours: candidates without a master’s degree: 54 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate, including no more than 18 hours of dissertation credit. Minimum of 36 hours beyond master’s degree, including 18 hours of dissertation (MMBio 799R).
    • Required courses: Cell 570, MMBio 660, MMBio 661663665691R692R; Electives: 3.0-6.0 coursework elective credits, MMBIO 695R, 18 credits of MMBIO 799R, Dissertation
    • Semiannual progress reviews.
    • Presentation of research 1-2 times per year during Research in Progress
    • Qualifying Examination: Student will be required to pass the qualifying exam. This includes (1) written outside grant proposal outside the area of expertise, and (2) oral exam on coursework and grant defense.
    • Dissertation: standard university dissertation.
    • Public seminar and oral defense of dissertation.
    Program Outcomes
    Advanced Experiment Design and Data Analysis
    Independently design and execute microbiology or molecular biology experiments at an advanced graduate level.

    Effective Collaboration
    Demonstrate effective interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Critical Reading and Evaluation
    Critically read, understand and evaluate current literature in the discipline.

    Techniques and Skills
    Mastery of relevant wet bench and/or computational methods.

    Effective Research and Communication
    Produce, present, and publish original scientific research results clearly and effectively.

    Proficiency in grant writing
    Organize and prepare effective grant proposals.


    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    Total Students 24.0
    International 6.0
    Male 16.0
    Female 8.0
    LDS 22.0
    BYU Undergraduate 11.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.89
    Graduated Per Year 18.2
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 7.4
    Admitted Per Year 4.8
    Percent Admitted 64.86
    Average GPA 3.41