Graduate Program FAQs


Q: Do you provide financial support?

A: Yes, we guarantee full support for all Ph.D. students in our program in the form of teaching associateships, research associateships, and fellowships (provided they remain in good academic standing). For the 2019-2020 academic year the monthly stipend is $2,488/month.

Q: Do you offer conditional admission?

A: No, the department does not offer conditional admission to students. All TOEFL scores (and GRE Scores ONLY if your combined GPA is under 3.0) must be submitted prior to being admitted to our program.

Q: Do you require the GRE?

A: As long as your cumulative undergraduate GPA is above a 3.0, you are not required to submit your GRE scores with your application to the Microbiology Ph.D. program.

Q: Do I need a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology to apply?

A: No, you do not need a bachelor's degree specific to Microbiology to apply. However, we do prefer students with a strong scientific background and research experience.

Q: Can I apply to the Ph.D. program if I only have a Bachelor's and no Master's degree?

A: Yes. We do not require applicants to have a Master's degree in order to apply to our program.

Q: Do you have a Master's program?

A: No. The department only admits students to our Ph.D. program.

Q: How many years does it take to graduate with a Ph.D.?

A: An average student takes between 5 and 6 years to obtain the Ph.D.

Q: How many papers do people publish during their Ph.D.?

A: On average, students publish three papers in peer-reviewed journals during their progression toward the Ph.D. You are required to have one first author paper published prior to graduating.

Q: What type of positions do students move to after graduation?

About two thirds of our graduates initially take post-doctoral research positions in academia, with the remainder opting for research jobs in industry or the public sector. Recent Microbiology graduates moved on to:

OSU, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Case Western Reserve University
OSU, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Cleveland Clinic, Lerner Research Institute
Invitrogen Corp
Mahidol University, Thailand
Cargill Foods, Dayton
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Montana State University
University of Pennsylvania
BioPort Corp
Massachsetts General Hospital
Chemical Abstracts
University of California, Los Angeles
US Food and Drug Administration
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology
Harvard University
Yale University
Stanford University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OSU, Microbiology
FDA Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
Batelle Memorial Institute
Georgetown University
Cairo University
University of California, Berkeley
Department of US Navy
University of Toronto
Vanderbilt University
Center for Disease Control
Cornell University