Graduate Program Application Process

*PhD Microbiology Applications:

Admission to the PhD Microbiology graduate program is primarily through the Integrated Life Sciences program(ILS). ILS provides applicants with a flexible gateway to graduate programs throughout the life sciences. All of the Microbiology department faculty are members of the ILS program. During your first semester at UGA you will complete research rotations in three different labs, after which you will choose a major advisor. At that time you can choose to join the Microbiology PhD graduate program.  If you have particular questions about research opportunities at UGA, you should directly contact the faculty members who are doing the research you find intriguing. We are excited to hear from you! Having that connection established can also help during the interview and admissions process.

Part I. Submit application materials directly to the UGA Graduate School Admissions Office here: GRADUATE SCHOOL ONLINE APPLICATION

PART II. Submit PhD application materials directly to ILS by clicking here 

Note: All application materials must be submitted by December 1 for admission the following fall.





*MS Microbiology Applications:

In order to be accepted into the MS in Microbiology program at UGA, you must first identify a faculty member in our program that is willing to serve as your MS thesis mentor. You should email prospective advisors to determine their willingness and/or availability to be your faculty mentor. 

Part I. Submit application materials directly to the Department of Microbiology here: Departmental Online Application

Part II. Submit application materials directly to the UGA Graduate School Admissions Office here: Graduate School Online Application

Note: Graduate School Application materials should not be submitted until you have identified a Microbiology faculty or adjunct faculty member that is willing to serve as your MS thesis mentor. Students are encouraged to enter in the Fall semester, but Spring or Summer admission is possible. 


Other Important Information

UGA Graduate School Application Requirements

UGA Graduate School FAQ

Qualifications:   All aspects of each application are considered. We are interested in students that are competitive academically, and have significant research experience. Because the application is holistically evaluated, we do not judge the likelihood of acceptability based on a short pre-application. 

International Students:  As a University of Georgia (UGA) policy, international students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a US institution must have a TOEFL speaking score of at least 22 to be admitted. Additional training in English may be required before International students can serve as Teaching Assistants. 

If you have any questions, please call or email the graduate program assistant at:

Email:                                           Phone: (706) 542-1434


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