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 applicants must have an application on file by November 30 (supplemental application materials may be accepted through December 31, if needed). The university's official application deadline for Autumn Semester admission is January 6 (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. We do not require the submission of GRE scores for admission to the Microbiology PhD program at Ohio State. 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 minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6. 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 the application instructions in the PDF provided below.
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 the TOEFL iBT scores; the department does not accept the IELTS. The GRE is only required for students with cumulative GPAs under 3.0 per University Policy.
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