The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Microbiology - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD 

Program Description

Modern microbiology is a flourishing science at the University of Chicago; we attract excellent students and post-graduate scientists from around the world, who continue to push the frontiers of microbiological sciences. Although Microbiology is an accomplished discipline at the University, the Committee on Microbiology is a relatively new enterprise. It will continue to expand in the next years with the recruitment of new faculty and the completion of new research space. Our goals are not only to create an energized, cutting-edge research enterprise but also to be a fun place to do science.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

The Department of Microbiology admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Department of Microbiology admits applicants only for the PhD degree. 

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation
  4. GRE and TOEFL Scores
  5. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

The Committee on Microbiology requires graduate students pursuing a PhD in Microbiology to take a minimum of nine courses. Even so, the basis of graduate training in microbiology is the performance of original laboratory research. The philosophy of graduate classroom training in microbiology is to develop a knowledge base for the first-year graduate student. The courses MICR 30600, MICR 31600, MICR 33000, and MICR 34600 are designed for graduate students (and upper-level undergraduates) who do not have profound knowledge of the subspecialties of microbiology. These classes are designed to teach students the available experimental tools and to define the experimental frontier in a field. Upper-level graduate classes examine the most current scientific literature or the development of original research problems. Of course, microbiology classes are complemented by a set of courses in other disciplines in the Biological Sciences Division. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged. 

Costs & Financial Aid

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support (conditional on satisfactory academic progress) in a package that includes the cost of tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for living expenses. However, because many of the Division's sources of funding cannot be used to support foreign students, applicants from other countries should make every effort to obtain assistance from their government and fellowships from outside sources.