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The Graduate College > Immunology / Microbiology > Applying for Admission to the Department of Immunology/Microbiology
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Students who have received the baccalaureate degree in biological sciences or a related filed may apply for the master's or the doctoral program. Candidates may only start in the Fall semester.


PhD applications are due by March 30th, but the priority deadline is February 15th.

MS applications are due no later than May 15th, but the priority deadline is March 30th

.  Applications for admission to the program will be evaluated by the departmental admissions committee as they are received.

Considerations for admission will include overall academic record, the recommendations of the sponsors, results of a recent Graduate Record Examination, and the description of the applicant's own aspirations and interests. International students are also required to submit a recent result of a TOEFL examination. The minimum GPA accepted is 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale. In rare circumstances, students who do not fulfill GPA requirements may be accepted at the discretion of the division and the Graduate College Council. Personal interviews will be arranged for competitive candidates after the preliminary screening. Students will be admitted into the program at levels other than first year only under exceptional circumstances; this will require approval by the graduate program director. Students accepted directly into a particular laboratory will have that faculty member serve as their PhD academic/dissertation advisor. The graduate program director will serve as the faculty advisor for all other students, until a dissertation research advisor is assigned to them. All student-advisor assignments must be approved by the department chairperson.

  • For information on the immunology/microbiology graduate program curriculum and policies, see the link at left for "Immunology / Microbiology Graduate Programs."
  • For an overview of departmental requirements, see the Rush University catalog.

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