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

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.

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