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Microbiology and Immunology Degrees
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers graduate programs leading to an MS, PhD, and MD/PhD degree. Graduate study is available in a number of disciplines, including cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbial physiology, and molecular biology. The goals of the program are to provide scientific training and experience for careers in research and teaching in universities, clinical and research laboratories and in fields of related employment. Additional background is available in disciplines such as biochemistry, computer sciences, and statistics in other departments in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the University.
Students rotate through each faculty member's laboratory in their first semester of graduate study. Subsequent to this experience, the student and his or her advisor are expected to choose a specific research program.
Core requirements for MS and PhD degrees include courses in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, and graduate seminars. The scholarly tool requirement for PhD students consists of a minimum of six credits of statistics and/or computer science. For both the MS and PhD degrees, students are expected to carry out original research suitable for publication in a professional journal.
Master's degree candidates are required to write a thesis and defend their research in a final oral examination. Doctoral candidates are required to successfully complete both a written and oral comprehensive examination as well as to write a dissertation and defend their research in a final oral examination.
Cost of Study
Graduate tuition for the 2010–11 year (2 semesters) averaged
- $7,139 for North Dakota resident students
- $8,352 for nonresident (Minnesota) students
- $10,074 for nonresident (South Dakota, Montana, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) students
- $16,948 for all other nonresident students
Accepted Microbiology and Immunology graduate students receive a yearly stipend of approximately $20,000 and full tuition waivers.
Cost of Living
Student housing at the University includes residence halls (including meal plans), single/multiple student apartments and family housing apartments.
There are separate waiting lists for residence halls and apartments, so early application is encouraged.
Information and applications for all University housing may be obtained online or from
Residence Services Office
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9029