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Microbiology Graduate Programs


Contact Us

For more information about the microbiology graduate programs, contact:

Dwayne Barnes
Graduate Coordinator

Mike Hyman

Director of Graduate Programs

We offer four graduate degree programs in microbiology: Doctorate (Ph.D.)Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Microbiology (M.M.), and Master of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB).

Whether you’re interested in microbial diversity, basic cellular processes, interactions between microbes or viruses and their hosts — or any number of interdisciplinary microbiology areas involving food safety, bioenergy, the environment, etc. — this is a dynamic and exciting period for research in microbiology.

There are numerous opportunities for careers in academic and industrial research, teaching, government service, and many other areas in which microbiology has an impact. A strong undergraduate record in the life or physical sciences, supported by some exposure to a research experience, will prepare you for this program, giving you the professional training you need to launch your career.


The doctoral degree emphasizes research and training for professional careers in science and research leadership.


The M.S. research degree is available for students interested in careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.


A non-thesis, course-intensive graduate degree option suitable for individuals already employed in government and industry.

Master of Microbial Biotechnology

The Master of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) is a two-year, cross-disciplinary, non-thesis program that provides students with dual training in microbiology and business.

Application Details

If you are applying for the M.M. , M.S. , or Ph.D. Microbiology programs the application deadline for Fall is December 1. These programs only offer Fall admissions.

The Masters of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) program has a different application timeline. For more information on deadlines to apply please visit their application page.

Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in microbiology? Want to explore the possibilities at NC State? 

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