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Master of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Master of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

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The objective of the graduate programs in microbiology and molecular genetics is to provide basic education in various sub-disciplines of microbiology and intensive research experience in specialty areas relative to the student's interest. In the master's program, students extend their comprehension of microbiology and cognate science through advanced course work, seminars, and research. The Doctor of Philosophy is a research–oriented degree; the emphasis is placed on original research, and the aim is to enable the student to become a self–educating and creative scholar. Facilities and opportunities are also available for postdoctoral associates. Financial subsidy is available for qualified applicants. A new graduate student in microbiology and molecular genetics is advised by the Director of Graduate Studies until a major professor is chosen. This choice should be made by the end of the second semester of enrollment in the program. The major professor assists the student in selecting a guidance committee. The committee helps the student in planning a program of study. The program must be approved by the end of the third semester of enrollment in the program. A Manual for Graduate Study in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is available from the department. This manual contains a philosophy of graduate education and information about the department's master's and doctoral degree programs and related procedures. Several members of the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics are appointed jointly in other departments or are affiliated with the NSF Science and Technology Center for Microbial Ecology or with the Michigan Biotechnology Institute. Most students admitted to the M.S. program in microbiology and molecular genetics have the Ph.D. degree as their eventual goal. The student must complete 30 credits under Plan A (with thesis). At least 5 credits of master's thesis research are required. The final oral examination, which covers both course work and thesis research, is administered by the student's guidance committee and a representative of the department Graduate Committee. The examining committee recommends a grade for the thesis research and the advisability of further graduate study. All master's students are required to participate in laboratory teaching, and are expected to attend departmental seminars.
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