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MS Microbiology and Immunology

Catalog id : 02031
 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22674 USD
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
Medical School
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)560
GRE (avg)310
GMAT (avg)702

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About this course

The certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ca. 500 to 1800 AD) is designed to help Ph.D. students acquire an interdisciplinary grounding in their area of expertise. The certificate program organizes activities to help build community among students from different departments and encourages them to develop disciplinary, geographical, and chronological range. We feel strongly that one's own discipline is more clearly understood when its practices are located among those of other fields.

The MEMS certificate program is a flexible grouping of courses, but one course is required for all students--the MEMS graduate proseminar. This class is team-taught by faculty from different departments who model in the classroom the kinds of interdisciplinary enquiry the certificate program encourages. The proseminar may address various topics of the period: urbanization, courts, the roles of women, the impact of religion, colonialism, encounters between east and west, and nation-building, for example, but each course thinks hard about how to do interdisciplinary work. These courses also will be expected to focus on the distinctive character of premodern cultures and the special research problems and disciplinary challenges they present.

Along with the yearly MEMS proseminar, we offer a continuing prospectus- and dissertation-writing seminar to give graduate students a clear sense of an interdisciplinary community. This seminar will provide its participants an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with peers from a variety of backgrounds and address issues of common interest in research, method, and writing across the disciplines. Credits for the certificate may be acquired in this seminar.

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Eligibility Criteria

Specific Course Requirements:

Applicants should submit a completed Rackham application online. As part of the application, you can electronically upload your transcripts. We also request three letters of recommendation. As part of the Rackham online application process, you will be prompted to register each recommender, along with a current e-mail address. Recommenders will be contacted by e-mail and directed to a website where they will complete and submit the necessary forms. If your recommenders prefer a paper format, these letters should be submitted directly to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules

The minimum requirements for the Master's of Science in Microbiology and Immunology program will consist of 28 credits comprised of the following:

16 credits in Microbiology and Immunology at the 400 level or above
4 credits of approved graduate level cognate coursework
1 credit in statistics
7 additional credits, in Microbiology and Immunology and/or approved cognate areas

All time/residency/transfer credit requirements will be in accordance with existing Rackham rules. Financial support for students in the Master's of Science in Microbiology and Immunology program is not implied by admission and generally will not be available.

Non-Research Option
Recognizing that some students who enroll in the Microbiology and Immunology master's degree program may not be preparing for careers in research, or may decide to pursue other directions after an initial term of research, students can complete the degree with 28 credits whether or not research is included, provided other degree requirements are satisfied. Students intending to pursue the non-research master's degree in Microbiology and Immunology should design a plan of study in consultation with the Master's Advisor, and this plan will be kept in the student's departmental file. Completing their approved personalized plan of study will be a requirement for each student who wishes to receive the master's degree.

Research Option
Performing laboratory research is not a requirement of the Master's of Science in Microbiology and Immunology. However, in keeping with departmental strength in research and the value of research experience for students, all master's students interested in research are encouraged to pursue it. The program will facilitate research opportunities for all enrolled in the master's degree program. Research Track master's students will not perform research rotations, but will enter mutually agreed-upon relationships with Microbiology and Immunology faculty research mentors prior to enrolling in research credit for the terms in which research will be performed. The student and research mentor will make arrangements for requisite safety coursework and will discuss expectations (generally 5-6 hours/week per research credit) prior to the start of research. In addition to providing a letter grade, the faculty member will provide a written evaluation for the student's departmental file, to be discussed and signed by the student, at the end of each term.

Thesis Option
Matriculated students who have maintained an overall B+ average and intend to pursue at least two terms of laboratory research can opt to write a research-based thesis as part of their master's degree. They will defend their thesis to their thesis advisor and two additional committee members. Upon successful defense of the thesis, the Microbiology & Immunology program will then ensure that the student's degree is awarded with a designation indicating that they defended a thesis.

Internship Option
Students who have maintained a B+ average, and who have completed MICRBIOL 504 Cellular Biotechnology and at least 3 credits of MICRBIOL 599 Research, are eligible to perform a term of detached study or summer internship doing laboratory research in an industrial setting, upon approval from the Master's Program Advisor. Because internship/detached study placement options are limited and the host institution has the final say in whether or not they will accept a trainee, this option may not be available to all matriculants. The internship option can be pursued by master's students completing either the Research or the Non-Research options of study described above.

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How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
  • Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

  • Formatting
  • Include at the top of each document:
  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
  • Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Letters of recommendation :

When you register your recommenders in the ApplyWeb application, each recommender will receive an e-mail notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb.
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Tips :

  • You will need each recommender’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, institution or employer, and title.
  • Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, if you check "yes" to waive your right to see this document, you will not be granted access to this information as an enrolled student. It is recommended you check the waiver box “yes” for each recommender. Many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “no.” You will not be able to change the waiver status once your recommender has signed into their recommendation account.

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students with Disabilities

  • Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to helping all graduate students at the University of Michigan with the resources they need to be academically and personally successful. As part of this mission, we seek to provide information and resources to students based on their different gifts, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet with other students in the program, and to contact Rackham or the prospective department regarding any disability-related questions or concerns. In the preparation of your graduate school application, please keep in mind that disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. This information is only used for accommodation purposes.
  • If you have a psychological disability that could interfere with your academic success, it is important that you have your condition evaluated by a mental health professional. This evaluation is required for obtaining accommodations specific to students with disabilities. If possible, it is advisable that this evaluation be sought prior to enrollment, which will enable an earlier receipt of support and services as you transition into the academic and campus community.

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