Students with a B.S. degree may apply directly for either the M.S. or Ph.D. program. If your goal is a terminal Masters degree, you may want to consider applying for admission into our MS in Microbiology program. However, if you ultimately plan to pursue a PhD, it is strongly recommended that you apply directly to the PhD program.
There are several key differences between our MS and PhD programs. 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. It is possible that some faculty members will be able to provide financial support in the form of research or teaching assistantships; however, financial support is not guaranteed for students that enter through the MS program. In contrast, a tuition waiver and stipend support are guaranteed for all students that enter the PhD program. Please review the following items to learn more about our MS in Microbiology program.