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Microbiology and Immunology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Philadelphia, PA, United States
The multidisciplinary Microbiology & Immunology (MI) program offers education and training leading to the MS and PhD degrees. The faculty in this program have diverse research interests ranging from the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of infectious agents to the effect of aging on the immune function.
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The Graduate Program in Microbiology & Immunology provides a stimulating environment for our graduate students as they prepare to play leading roles in academic, government, pharmaceutical or biotech research, and in international health organizations. 

New approaches to the study of basic and applied aspects of microbiological and immunological research have opened new avenues in the study of infectious disease and host defense. 

Students in the Graduate Program are using these approaches to study microbial pathogenesis and genomics, autoimmune disease, malaria, viral infection and pathogenesis and vaccine development.

The Graduate Program provides interactive broad-based education and research training. Our students receive comprehensive instruction in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, as well as in-depth training in their chosen area of research. 

Our MS, PhD and MD/PhD students train in the laboratories of participating faculty in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Department of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology or with affiliate faculty at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute or the Lenkanau Institute for Medical Research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Molecular Pathogenesis
  • Microbiology & Immunology Thesis Research
  • Special Topics in Virology
  • Microbiology & Immunology Seminar
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Viral Pathogenesis
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Scientific Integrity and Ethics

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Graduate Admission Application
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. 
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Math Science GPA Calculation Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13232 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    13232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13232 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
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