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The Program in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology offers a structured inter-disciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree and is designed to provide training in bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and immunology.

If you would like to receive more information about our outstanding graduate program please complete our inquiry form This is the best way to engage our program staff directly and to receive additional information.

Our most competitive applicants usually score above 310 (verbal + quantitative) on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and 3.0 or better GPA.  Once you are ready, you can complete your application online by going directly to the official UMB Graduate School Admission Application.  Our institutional code is 5848 and our program code is 0212.

Please don't hesitate to contact our Academic Services Specialist, Heather Ezelle, with any questions that you may have.  She is always excited to speak with potential applicants about our program. Her email address is

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree should note the Graduate Program in Life Sciences is associated with two nationally renowned dual-degree programs located right on our campus!

Students interested in pursuing a dual degree will need to apply directly to either one of these programs.

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