Graduate study in microbiology is designed to help students become highly qualified in microbiology and immunology research and education. Admitted graduate students usually pursue the Ph.D. Only under special circumstances are applicants to the M.S. program considered for admission to the microbiology graduate program. Such applicants are almost exclusively graduate students currently enrolled in the microbiology Ph.D. program who desire to change to the M.S. degree program.

Graduate study is offered in four general subdisciplines: bacteriology, immunology, virology, and parasitology. Areas of emphasis within the subdisciplines include bacterial and viral pathogenesis, microbial genetics and physiology, innate and cellular immunity, and bioinformatics. Opportunities for interdisciplinary training are available both within and outside the department allowing students to gain broad experience during their course of study.

All students admitted to advanced degree programs are expected to assist in departmental teaching.

The Master of Science program is being revised for fall 2016 admission. Details about the program are not yet available.

The Master of Science program in microbiology requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate-level course work. M.S. students are required to earn a minimum of 12 s.h. in graduate-level courses (numbered 5000 or above) with letter grades awarded, offered by the Department of Microbiology and other departments. A student may substitute a graduate-level course taken at the University of Iowa or a course taken at another institution for a course requirement, with approval of a student's M.S. advisory committee.

Students are required to enroll in MICR:7263 Graduate Student Research Seminar each fall and spring semester throughout the entire duration of their training. No more than 9 s.h. of credit for MICR:7261 Graduate Research in Microbiology may be applied toward the 30 s.h. required for the degree. Additional course requirements depend on students' interests and guidance from the M.S. advisory committee.

Students also must write a thesis based on their own research and defend it satisfactorily in an oral examination.

Graduate-level courses offered by the Department of Microbiology include the following.

MICR:6201Graduate Immunology3
MICR:6247Graduate Immunology and Human Disease4
MICR:6259Graduate Bacteria and Human Disease3
MICR:6260Graduate Molecular Microbiology3
MICR:6267Graduate Viruses and Human Disease4
MICR:6270Graduate Microbial Genetics3
MICR:6268Biology and Pathogenesis of Viruses2
MICR:6279Graduate Bacterial Diversity and the Human Microbiome3
MICR:7222Advanced Topics in Prokaryotic Biology Module 21-2
MICR:7261Graduate Research in Microbiologyarr.
MICR:7263Graduate Student Research Seminar1

Applicants should have a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.00 in a field of study broadly related to biomedical and/or microbiological sciences. It is preferable that students have some exposure to course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer science. Students with backgrounds in other areas may be admitted and encouraged to complete relevant course work during their graduate studies as deemed appropriate by an advisory committee. Admission to the microbiology program is determined through a review of each candidate and formal vote by the admissions committee. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Graduates in the microbiology field pursue careers in government, hospitals, public health laboratories, research laboratories, and industrial laboratories (dairy, food, chemical, genetic engineering, and pharmaceutical companies). Possibilities exist for college and university teaching positions.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.