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Microbiology Master’s Degree Online

  • Overview

    The University of Florida’s online graduate programs in microbiology are offered entirely online and can be completed in as little as one year.

    The online Master of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry and the online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Microbiology are tailored to professionals, allowing you to work while earning your degree or certificate. Since classes are offered year-round, you can start the program when it is convenient for you, and there is no GRE requirement for admission.

    Opportunities in STEM Fields

    Career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are rapidly growing and changing. By earning the University of Florida’s online master’s degree in microbiology and cell science or online environmental microbiology graduate certificate, you can diversify your career options and make yourself a more versatile and in-demand asset in the workforce.

    Career options for microbiology graduates include, but are not limited to, biochemist, biophysicist, medical scientist, bioinformatics scientist, physician and surgeon. Like many careers in the STEM fields, each of these occupations enjoys a higher median salary and occupational growth rate than the national average.

    UF Benefits

    • Stellar Reputation:
      In 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked UF as a top-50 national university (including public and private colleges). We are also home to the largest microbiology department in the United States.
    • Convenience and Efficiency:
      You can earn your master’s degree or graduate certificate in as little as one year with no required campus visits or laboratory times. Our online courses feature asynchronous elements which allow you to complete your graduate program at your own pace.
    • Collaborative Environment:
      Our faculty fosters and encourages partnerships with other UF departments and with scientists around the world.

    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 one year. This degree is tailored to working professionals, and all courses are conveniently offered online. Campus visits and laboratory times are not required.

    The 30-credit master’s degree mixes short 1-credit modules with 3-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 and pharmaceutical companies, or to continue their education in medical, dental or veterinary school. The opportunities are endless with a well-rounded education.

    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:

    The University of Florida’s online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Microbiology provides students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of environmental microbiology. Researchers in this discipline analyze the way microbes, like bacteria and viruses, interact with one another and their environments. During the course, you’ll examine emerging areas of this dynamic field with a focus on real-world applications, including climate change, mitigating pollution through bioremediation, astrobiology and the role of microbes in the built environment.

    This 13-credit graduate certificate can be completed entirely online in as little as two semesters, or you can complete the program at your own pace, based on your personal and professional demands.

    UF’s online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Microbiology can enrich your professional development and help prepare you for success in a variety of scientific fields. Graduates are qualified to work in government organizations, educational institutions, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies, or to continue their education in medical, dental or veterinary school.

    Admission Requirements

    For master’s degree and graduate certificate programs in microbiology:

    • A bachelor’s degree from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/
    • An upper-division GPA of 3.0 (Rules on calculating GPA)
    • Preferred undergraduate courses for applicants.
      • Biochemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Microbiology
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry

    Tuition and Fees

    The cost per credit hour is $535, plus fees.

    The approximate total cost for the master’s degree program is $16,050 tuition, plus fees.

    The approximate total cost for the graduate certificate program is $6,955 tuition, plus fees.

    Additional costs for textbooks are not included in these estimates, and the fees are approximate. Registration costs follow the standard tuition and fee rates for the University of Florida.

    At a Glance