Microbiology Graduate Timelines

Ph.D. Timeline

This timetable provides a structure to keep students on track toward timely completion of a Ph.D. degree in microbiology.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4+
Courses Advance Research Project Advance Research Project Advance Research Project
Laboratory Rotation Complete teaching requirement (if not completed in the first year) Committee:

  • Conducts preliminary exam in first semester (5th semester in program)
  • Receives student’s research presentation at end of year
  • Evaluates and approves student’s progress
Committee:

  • Receives student’s research presentation each year,
  • Evaluates and approves student’s progress,
  • Approves dissertation and conducts final exam (earliest likely date)
Form Advisory Committee:

  • Approve thesis outline
  • Receives student’s research prospectus
  • Evaluates and approves student’s progress
Prepare preliminary exam preproposal (Ph.D.)
Submit Plan of Study to graduate school Committee:

  • Approve preproposal (Ph.D.)
  • Receives student’s research progress presentation,
  • Evaluates and approves student’s progress
Form and initiate research project

M.S. Timeline

This timetable provides a structure to keep students on track toward timely completion of an M.S. degree in microbiology.

Year 1 Year 2
Courses Complete teaching requirement (if not completed in the first year)
Laboratory Rotation Prepare M.S. thesis outline
Begin research project Committee:

  • Approve thesis outline
  • Receives student’s research progress presentation
  • Evaluates and approves student’s progress
Form Advisory Committee:

  • Approves plan of study
  • Receives student’s research prospectus
  • Evaluates and approves student’s progress
Complete thesis and defend
Submit Plan of Study to graduate school Graduate (earliest possible date)

M.M. Timeline

Students pursuing a Master of Microbiology degree will focus solely on taking the required coursework. Research is not involved. Students on this pathway must take 30 credit hours total to earn the degree: 12 credit hours of core microbiology classes (MB 714, MB 718, MB 751, MB 758 or MB 535), as well as an additional 18 credit hours of approved microbiology or life science disciplines. Visit the NC State catalog for microbiology course descriptions.