Montana State University

Graduate Curricula


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The Department of Microbiology offers both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Microbiology. Interdisciplinary programs with strong ties to other departments and programs are encouraged.

Students interested in environmental sciences can satisfy the requirements for a degree in microbiology while pursuing a broadly based program in areas such as biology, chemistry, entomology, plant and soil sciences and plant pathology, and through interaction with the Center for Biofilm Engineering.

Students interested in biomedical sciences can satisfy the requirements for a degree in microbiology while pursuing a broadly based program in medically related subjects like biology, chemistry and veterinary science, and through interaction with the WWAMI Medical Education Program.


If you are interested in applying for admission to the Department of Microbiology, the requirements for admission and the details of the application procedure are outlined in section III.B. of the Graduate Student Handbook. The Handbook is in Acrobat .pdf format. If you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat reader, click here. A complete application packet can be obtained at the Admission Policy and Requirements Guidelines for the College of Graduate Studies.

Financial Assistance

Students of high scholastic caliber are encouraged to contact the Department of Microbiology for information about teaching and research assistantships, and fellowships. Most of our graduate students are supported financially throughout their graduate training. Both assistantships and fellowships are awarded for one-year periods but are renewable if the graduate student's progress has been satisfactory.

Additional fellowships are available through the Molecular Biosciences Program as well as through IGERT for a handful of qualifying students.  Please refer to their websites for application and specific program.

Degree Requirements

Degree programs are designed to match the needs of students with differing goals. Specific requirements are detailed in the of Microbiology Graduate Student Handbook.


Faculty and research interests include medical microbiology, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial physiology, biology of extreme thermal environments, mechanisms of pathogenicity, medical mycology, microbial communities, molecular genetics, geomicrobiology, aquatic microbiology, immunoparasitology, cellular immunology, molecular immunology, and virology and leukocyte and cell molecular biology.

Further Information

For further information on the Graduate Program in Microbiology, please contact us at to request a copy of our brochure and program materials.


Feel free to browse the most recent copy of our Graduate Student Handbook for more information on our program.  Further information concerning graduate study at MSU may be obtained at the College of Graduate Studies.