Research Bench Lab

Microbiology & Immunology Education

About our program

Our PhD program is recognized nationally for training students to become outstanding scientists, critical thinkers, and inspiring leaders within the contemporary workforce and community. Students engage in cutting-edge research, take courses and attend seminars. Graduating students are well-rounded and proficient in core competencies that include technical knowledge and skills, communication, management, teamwork, and leadership. Our students are well-positioned to pursue careers within or outside of the academic environment following graduation.

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All full-time PhD students receive full tuition remission, health insurance, and an annual stipend ($30,760 for 2019-2020)

PhD Timeline in Microbiology & Immunology

The average length to completion is 5.5 years

Year 1

Year 1

Year 2

Year 2

  • Begin dissertation research with mentor
  • Pass qualifying exam
  • Start specialized coursework
Year 3

Year 3

  • Perform dissertation research
  • Write and defend dissertation proposal
  • Finish specialized coursework
Years 4+

Years 4+

  • Perform dissertation research
  • Write and defend dissertation