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Microbiology Master’s Degree Online

  • Overview

    The University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry is a fully online master’s degree that can be completed in as little as 1 year. This program is tailored for professionals so you can continue working while earning your degree.

    The University of Florida is home to the largest microbiology department in the United States. Online students enjoy access to the same faculty and courses as on-campus students. The Online MS degree also offers courses from the University of Florida Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, both through the College of Medicine. This additional coursework allows our students to pursue a unique education that will differentiate them from other MS degree students and will provide an ideal platform for future applications to professional school or employment opportunities in research, industry, or government.

    Many courses are one-credit modules that are only 6 weeks in duration, giving you an intensive understanding of special topics. Mixed with three-credit courses and asynchronous components, this program gives you a thorough overview of the complex field of microbiology and cell science. Topics include:

    • Infectious diseases
    • Bioinformatics
    • Genetics
    • Virology
    • Immunology
    • Metabolic regulation
    • DNA and RNA viruses

    Opportunities in STEM Fields

    The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field is growing rapidly. According to CNN, STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs. Increase your job prospects in a variety of industries—including pharmaceutical companies, government organizations, and agriculture—with this master’s degree. This degree also prepares students for medical, dental, or veterinary school.

    Master's Degree

    The University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Microbiology & Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry is an online degree that can be completed in as little as 1 year. This degree is tailored for working professionals, and all courses are offered conveniently online. Campus visits and laboratory times are not required.

    The 30-credit master’s degree mixes short one-credit modules with three-credit courses and includes a special course about career options. UF’s online master’s degree in microbiology and cell science sets you up for success in a variety of fields in the sciences. Graduates are qualified to work in government organizations, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, or to continue their education with medical, dental, or veterinary school. The opportunities are endless with a well-rounded education.

    The deadline for Fall 2016 is July 25, 2016.

    Microbiology Introduction Track

    The University of Florida’s online MS in Microbiology & Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry program is academically demanding and requires a solid foundation in upper-level science coursework. For students transitioning from different backgrounds into the program, an introduction track provides the necessary framework to successfully complete the remaining coursework.

    The two required courses for the introduction track include:

    Once these courses are completed successfully, students can proceed to other required courses and electives. The introduction track credits count toward the students electives, so entering the program through the track will not slow progress or delay completion expectancy.

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree (recommended major in the sciences)
    • 3.0 Overall GPA, and 3.0 Upper Division GPA (Rules on calculating GPA)
    • Recommended (but not required) undergraduate courses for applicants:
      • Biochemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
    • GRE examination with a minimum score of 300

    Tuition and Fees

    The cost per credit hour is $535 plus fees. The total approximate cost ($16,050 tuition plus an estimated $400 fees) is $16,450.

    Additional costs for required textbooks are not included in this number, and the fees are approximate. Registration costs follow the standard tuition and fee rates for the University of Florida. Financial aid is available for students who qualify. You can fill out a FAFSA form if you are interested in financial aid and use UF’s school code: 001535.

    At a Glance