What will I learn?

Program goals

The graduate programs of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine include degrees offered at the master’s and doctoral levels. These educational programs have as their mission the preparation of individuals for a variety of career objectives in microbiology and immunology. The programs incorporate formal instructional activities and, as appropriate, research training, mentored by the members of the faculty. The M.S. program is distinguished by inclusion of the preparation of the individual to function as a laboratory director or scientific investigator.

  • The program is designed to provide students with the skills required to advance to positions as bioscience researchers and trainers in a broad spectrum of positions.
  • The structure of the program provides a framework for the progressive development of a mastery of the current state of the subject matter of bioscience, an ability to synthesize this information and apply this foundation to the identification of key areas of investigation/experimentation in bioscience.
  • The program relates the above framework to the development of the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches which address the questions identified.
  • In addition, the program will develop skills in the various means of communicating both the core of bioscience knowledge and the expression of experimental design, results and interpretation to a variety of potential audiences.

CONCENTRATIONS AVAILABLE

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Student learning outcomes

  • Problem-solving skills: Degree candidates will demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the identification and selection of meaningful problems to be addressed in bioscience research, including the ability to defend said identifications and to design and develop appropriate methods to solve said problems as measured by rubric.
  • General knowledge of sciences: Degree candidates will demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of the current elements of the biosciences as related to disciplinary specialization and a more detailed understanding of the individual area of scholarship, including an appropriate familiarity with the research literature and the ability to evaluate and critique publications as measured by rubric.
  • Communication skills: Degree candidates will demonstrate that an appropriate level of oral, written and visual communication skills have been acquired as measured by rubric.
  • Experimental design: Degree candidates will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of competence in the ability to appraise, modify and/or create, and implement experimental protocols and to design and develop experiments as measured by rubric.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 41 graduate credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,741.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2020

Venue

School of Medicine

VCU Medical Center,

1201 E Marshall St,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23298, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements.

  • Applicants must have earned or expect a baccalaureate or equivalent degree and must have demonstrated a superior knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
  • Laboratory experience is strongly recommended.

International applicants should display English language proficiency by achieving a TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or higher. The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Fall - Applications received prior to Jan 15 given priority consideration.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond