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Graduate Admissions and Application

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Graduate Program Application Process

*PhD Microbiology Applications:

Note: PhD application deadline is determined by ILS, but is usually around December 1 for admission the following fall semester.

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: 


Questions about the Graduate School application should be sent to

Submit PhD application materials directly to ILS here:
ILS PhD Application 

Questions about the ILS application should be sent to

*MS Microbiology Applications:

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

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. Your application will not be considered for admission until a faculty mentor is secured.

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

For questions regarding the Microbiology MS Application, please email

Please be prepared to provide the following information with your MS Application
  • Name of MS mentor
  • Test Scores if applicable (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Name and contact information for 3 references
  • A written Research Statement in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format
  • A Personal Statement in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format
Part II. Submit application materials directly to the UGA Graduate School Admissions Office here: 
Graduate School Online Application 
  • Questions about the Graduate School Application should be sent to

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.  


Other Important Information

UGA Graduate School Application Requirements

UGA Graduate School FAQ

UGA Graduate Application Fee/Fee Waiver

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. 

Information for 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. Please contact the Graduate School for English Language Proficiency questions.

If you have any questions, please or email the Graduate Program Administrator at:                                            

***The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs or activities. The Director of the UGA Equal Opportunity Office at 3 Peabody Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602 (telephone 706-542-7912) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies.


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