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Microbiology & Cell Science

Microbiology & Cell Science


Medical microbiology is the study of pathogens, their modes of transmission, mechanisms of infection, and immunological response. The University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Science and College of Medicine collaboratively offer a Master of Science Degree and a Graduate Certificate in the field of Medical Microbiology through the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science. 

Designed to fit your schedule, this fully online graduate program will give you an in-depth understanding of: 

    • Structure, physiology, and genetics of infectious agents
    • Relationship between pathogenesis of infectious disease with causative organism
    • Antimicrobial action and mechanisms of resistance
    • Use of genomics to further unravel the complexities of the microbiome
    • Bioinformatics for microbiology research

Master of Science Degree


The Master of Science degree in microbiology and cell science with a concentration in medical microbiology is a 30-credit program designed to be completed entirely online with no in-person laboratory requirements. 

Graduate Certificate

Medical Microbiology

Biochemist handling a sample in the lab

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Less than a Year

The 11-credit graduate certificate provides foundational knowledge of infectious pathogens and diseases, covering such topics as bacteriology, virology, gene therapy, and immunotherapy. 

  • Course Overview: Graduate Certificate in Medical Microbiology
    FOUNDATION COURSES (8 credits)

    Students must complete BOTH of the following courses:

    Students must pick ONE: 

    ELECTIVE COURSES (3 credits)

    Students may take any of the following courses to fulfill the 3 remaining credits.


  • Admissions Requirements: Graduate Certificate in Medical Microbiology

    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA and 3.0 upper division GPA.* See full admission requirements here.  


    Semester MS/GC Application Deadline
    Fall 2024 July 1, 2024
    Spring 2025 November 13

    *  If your GPA is below 3.0, please schedule an advising appointment to see what options are available.