The NC State University Microbiology Graduate Program welcomes all applicants to our program. We seek to provide an inclusive environment and invite applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Admission is a competitive process and ideally the candidates we are seeking will have met the preferred criteria listed below.
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. You can apply through the university Graduate School, using the Apply Now link below.
The Masters of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) program has a different application timeline. For more information on deadlines to apply please visit their application page.
There are many more applications than students who can be admitted, as our goal is to provide RA, TA or Fellowship support to those accepted into the research degree programs (Ph.D. and M.S.). Priority for stipend support is given to Ph.D. applicants. As an example, five Ph.D. and one M.S. student were recently admitted with support. Applicants can be admitted without support, but we appreciate the time and burden this places on students who are trying to accomplish meaningful research, demonstrate good academic success, and achieve financial independence. Because the university Graduate Student Support Plan has added tuition expense for international students, who usually can not become residents of North Carolina during the degree program, our ability to admit non-resident international students is limited. International students are invited to apply and have made valuable contributions to the program.
Here are a few comments about the application to consider:
Microbiology is a diverse discipline. In your personal statement please indicate the areas of research that most interest you (environmental, infectious disease, etc.). Indicating the research programs of two to four specific faculty trainers is encouraged. You may contact faculty directly through their email address. Clearly state your past or current research experience and how it has prepared you for pursuing graduate level research and training. Your personal statement should be no more than 1,000 words.
The Microbiology Graduate Program no longer requires scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). We appreciate that standardized tests do not tell everything about an individual’s preparedness for graduate school, so your personal statement, prior research experience and letters of recommendation are very important. Cumulative GPAs at the undergraduate or M.S. level are used in our evaluation and are often 3.5 and higher for successful applicants. For non-English speaking international applicants, TOEFL scores totaling greater than 100 are needed.
The most relevant and helpful letters are requested from former supervisors of laboratory research experiences, REUs, internships or other experiential learning opportunities. People who can attest to your commitment, motivation, work ethic, creativity and ability to work with others will help you the most. You should confirm they can provide the recommendation in a timely manner.
Thank you for your interest in the NC State University Microbiology Graduate Program and good luck with your application!
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