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  • The University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science with a concentration in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry and online graduate certificates in medical microbiology, environmental microbiology and microbiome and health are convenient, versatile graduate programs. Jobs in STEM fields continue to grow at a faster rate than the national average, affording our students a variety of exciting career opportunities. Our programs can help students launch or advance careers in pharmaceutical companies, government organizations, agriculture and other diverse fields, or can help prepare students for medical, dental or veterinary school. 

    Minimum admission requirements for the master’s degree program:

    • 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/ (recommended major in the sciences)
    • 3.0 Overall GPA, and 3.0 Upper Division GPA (Rules on calculating GPA)
      • If your GPA is below this requirement but is at least 2.7, we recommend applying for a microbiology graduate certificate program. If you are accepted and maintain a 3.5 GPA, you may become eligible for the master’s degree program.
    • Required undergraduate courses for applicants:
      • Biochemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Microbiology
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
    • Students without a required science background are welcome to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for admission. Relevant professional experience may substitute for academic coursework.

    Minimum admission requirements for the graduate certificates in environmental microbiology and microbiome and health: 

    • 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/ (recommended major in the sciences)
    • 2.7 Overall GPA and 2.7 Upper Division GPA (Rules on calculating GPA)
    • Required undergraduate courses for applicants:
      • Biochemistry
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Microbiology
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
    • Students without a required science background are welcome to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for admission. Relevant professional experience may substitute for academic coursework.

    Minimum admission requirements for the medical microbiology graduate certificate: 

    • 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/ (recommended major in the sciences)
    • A minimum 2.7 overall GPA and 2.7 upper-division GPA (Rules on calculating GPA)
    • Required undergraduate courses for applicants:
      • Biochemistry
      • Biology
      • General Chemistry
    • Students without a required science background are welcome to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for admission. Relevant professional experience may substitute for academic coursework.

    The GRE is not required for admission into our online graduate programs.

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