Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology

Polar research
 Bacterial attacking cell
 Fluorescent viruses
 Fraction collection
Column chromatography
Graduate student research
Graduate student research
 Culture plates
Undergraduate researcher

Program Requirements

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology requires a minimum of 60 semester hours in graduate credits beyond the M.S. degree or its equivalent.

Students entering with a baccalaureate degree must complete courses as stated for the M.S. degree program as part of the 30-hour requirement to meet the equivalency of the M.S. degree (above). Doctoral students entering with an M.S. may bypass some or all of the requirements from courses in groups I-IV by demonstrating proficiency in them.

Upon graduation, doctoral students will have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 3 courses from groups I and II above, representing both groups, and 2 courses from group III.
  • Completed additional courses in groups I-IV and/or Research for Doctoral Dissertation (MBI 850) as deemed appropriate by the advisor and dissertation committee.
  • Enrolled in Graduate Seminar (MBI 690) or Molecular Biology Seminar (MBI 650) each semester.
  • Enrolled in a literature-intensive course each academic year.
  • Passed a written oral comprehensive examination administered by a committee of graduate faculty.
  • Passed an oral defense of a dissertation proposal, approved by a committee of graduate faculty.
  • Conducted a research project approved by the dissertation committee, presented the project as a written dissertation and in a public seminar, and submitted a manuscript based on the project for publication in a refereed journal.
  • Passed an oral examination by the dissertation committee in defense of the dissertation.

I. Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, and Bioinformatics

Structural Genomics (MBI 524)
Microbial Physiology (MBI 525)
Microbial Genetics (MBI 545)
Human Viruses (MBI 564)
Bioinformatics Principles (MBI 585)

II. Medical Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, and Cellular Microbiology

Medical Bacteriology (MBI 505)
Medical Mycology (MBI 535)
Immunology Principles (MBI 514)   OR   Immunology Principles and Practice (MBI 515)

Note: A student may not take both MBI 514 and MBI 515

Microbial Ecology (MBI 575)
Bacterial Cellular and Developmental Biology (MBI 595)

III. Advanced Courses

Advanced Molecular Biology (MBI 605)
Advanced Cell Biology (MBI 606)
Population & Community Ecology (MBI 671)   OR   Ecosystem & Global Ecology (MBI 672)
Note: Although a student may take both MBI 671 and MBI 672, only one of the two may count toward the requirement of four core courses in the M.S. program, or toward the requirement of two Group III courses in the Ph.D. program.

Survey of Computational Tools in Bioinformatics (CSE 620K)

IV. Electives

Theory of Electron Microscopy (BOT 581)
Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab (BOT 582)
Transmission Electron Microscopy Lab (BOT 583)
Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CHM 532)
Introduction to Algorithms (CSE 564)
Microbial and Molecular Genetics Laboratory (MBI 565)
Bioinformatics Computing Skills (MBI 566)
Graduate Research Problems (MBI 710)
Advanced Topics in Microbiology (MBI 750)
Statistics (STA) graduate level courses
Other courses approved by the thesis committee and graduate director

Note: additional course work may be recommended by the student's major advisor or the Thesis Committee. Students should note that Group IV courses such as Biochemistry and Statistics may be fundamental to their discipline of study or to complement the student's research project, and they may therefore be requested to take these courses by their thesis committee.

Please send questions and comments to:
Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Handbooks and Worksheets

Miami University Handbook for Graduate Students and Faculty
(available at the Policy Library)

Miami Bulletin

The following are available in the department office (212 Pearson Hall), and by email upon request.

  • Microbiology Graduate Studies Handbook
    (includes the M.S. and Ph.D requirements, responsibilities and forms; PDF 0.9MB)
  • Plan of Study Checklist for M.S. in Microbiology (PDF 59KB)
  • Plan of Study Checklist for Ph.D. in Microbiology (PDF 60KB)
  • Faculty Research Interests
    (descriptions of faculty research programs; PDF 2.9MB)