The Microbiology Graduate Program expects applicants to have a degree in microbiology or a similar area and have successfully completed at least one year each of biology, calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Additional specialty courses and research experience in microbiology and/or biochemistry are highly encouraged. Students with any deficiencies in these areas should remedy them before applying to the program.

Recommended Requirements

The University of Texas Graduate School recommends a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed.  The average upper-division GPA for students accepted into the Microbiology Graduate Program is 3.57 and the average GRE score is 318. Competitive applicants will also have lab experience and strong letters of recommendation.

International applicants are required to have a minimum score of 80 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by the University of Texas at Austin.  The IELTS equivalent test score is 6.5-7.0. The average TOEFL score for current Microbiology graduate students is 104.  If you hold bachelor's degrees from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL.

If you have any questions about program requirement or your qualifications, please feel free to contact our Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator.