If you have a bachelor's or master's degree in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, engineering, or chemistry, you can apply directly to our Ph. D program. The OSU Microbiology Graduate Program focuses on Ph. D candidates, for whom full financial support is provided.
Classes begin in August. To ensure full consideration, all international applicants are strongly encouraged to have an application on file by November 30; domestic applicants by December 15 (application materials may be accepted through December 31, if needed). The university's official application deadline for Autumn Semester admission is January 7 (applications will be reviewed beginning on December 1). 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 (we do not accept the MCAT). 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 Office web site for more information.
Applicants may be considered for a University Fellowship if they meet the following criteria: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6, 75th Percentile in the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GRE, a score of 4 in the Analytical section of the GRE. The decision to nominate an applicant is determined by the Microbiology Graduate Studies Committee. The final decision to award an applicant a fellowship they have been nominated for is decided by the Graduate School.
For a full list of our instructions and competitive information, please follow these Application Instructions [pdf].
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.
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**Please note that the Department of Microbiology does not offer conditional admission to students missing GRE or TOEFL iBT scores; the department does not accept the IELTS.
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