OSU Microbiology
Graduate Programs
Graduate Programs

Ohio State Offers Training In Virtually Every Aspect Of Modern Microbiology

Ohio State Offers Training In Virtually Every Aspect Of Modern Microbiology

Our Ph.D. program in microbiology offers an individualized approach to graduate study in one of the nation’s largest teaching and research institutions. You will actively participate in planning your graduate program, working with colleagues from around the world while pursuing your Ph.D. degree.

Upon entering our graduate program, you will do five-week rotations in three laboratories of your choice. These rotations will expose you to a variety of researchers, their laboratories,Large fermentation unit and their specializations and should enable you to select an adviser who best suits your interests. Once you have selected your dissertation adviser — generally after about six months — you will work with your Ph.D. adviser to design a curriculum that complements your research project.

You will select courses from a broad spectrum of microbiology, including microbial genetics and physiology, immunology, fermentation technology, pathogenic microbiology, and environmental microbiology. You can also enroll in a variety of courses offered by related departments such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, and chemistry.

Your course work will be supplemented by participation in informal laboratory group meetings, journal clubs, and our departmental seminar series that features prominent research scientists at academic and industrial laboratories from Ohio State University and around the world. You will have the opportunity to meet with these scientists and discuss your research projects with them.

To help you develop communication skills, we offer a seminar series that gives you practice in presenting your work before a friendly audience. Each microbiology graduate student has several opportunities to present research papers at national or international meetings during his or her graduate career. Annual research competitions give you the opportunity to present your research to a wider audience and to compete for awards that honor the best presentations.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Admissions & Aid

Graduate Admissions & Aid

Please Note: It is now past the application deadline for Autumn 2009

If you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any of the biological sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, engineering, or chemistry, you should apply directly to our Ph.D. program. The OSU Microbiology Graduate Program focuses on Ph.D. candidates, for whom full financial support is provided. Applicants to the M.S. program are less frequently admitted as financial aid cannot be guaranteed. In order to ensure full consideration, all applicants are strongly encouraged to have a completed application on file by December 31st. The university’s official application deadline for Autumn 2009 admission is January 15th. All supplemental application materials must be received by this date in order to participate in our regular on-campus interview process. You must submit results of the GRE general examination as part of your application. All international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not previously earned a U.S. degree must also pass the TOEFL examination. Visit the OSU Admissions Officeweb site for more information.

If you need additional information, call us at (614) 292-2301, send us a request by Fax at (614) 292-8120, or write:

Graduate Studies Chair
Department of Microbiology
The Ohio State University
484 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1292

You may also request additional information by email from the Graduate Program Coordinator at micro.grad@osu.edu.

After we receive your completed application, we will make an admission decision and inform you of our decision in writing as soon as possible. Information about financial support will be included in the letter of admission.

In keeping with Ohio State’s commitment to affirmative action, the Department of Microbiology welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups and encourages all applicants to visit our campus, tour our facilities, and meet with faculty and students in the program. Arrange to visit by calling our office.

We Guarantee Financial Aid

All qualified Ph.D. students are guaranteed financial support throughout their graduate program provided they remain in good academic standing and below 260 credit hours. We offer year-round support in the form of graduate associateships or fellowships. We also offer a variety of enrichment student fellowships. To apply for any of the fellowship opportunities, you must have a completed application on file by December 31st.

Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs) spend no more than 20 hours each week teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in microbiology and biology. After one year as a Teaching Associate, there will be opportunities to become a Research Associate supported by a faculty member’s research grant while you complete your dissertation research.