Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4007 LSB
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: Bio 503, MMBio 661, 663, 665, 691R, 692R; Electives: 3.0-6.0 coursework elective credits, MMBIO 695R, 18 credits of MMBIO 799R, Dissertation
  • Semiannual progress reviews.
  • Presentation of research at an annual retreat.
  • 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 or a journal publication.
  • Public seminar and oral defense of dissertation.
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
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 16
International 7
Female 7
LDS 15
Non-White 7
BYU Undergraduate 4
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 305.7
GRE Quantitative Score 153.7
GRE Quantitative Percentile 54.0
GRE Verbal Score 152.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 53.7
GRE Analytical Score 3.5
GRE Analytical Percentile 36.0
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 5.5
Graduated Per Year 3.3
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 8.2
Admitted Per Year 3.5
Percent Admitted 42.68
Average GPA 3.62