A Master's degree in Microbiology at NDSU emphasizes a strong foundation of knowledge in Microbiology and Immunology. Student research and academic programs are individually tailored to meet the needs and interests of each student. Graduates are prepared for positions in research or commercial laboratories or for further graduate and professional study. Students shall select a major advisor by the end of the first semester in residence. Students may be admitted to the research/thesis-based MS or a paper-based MS-Microbiology program. Times to completion are variable. There is a one-year curriculum available for the paper-based MS program and a research/thesis-based MS requires approximately 2 years to complete.
There are a limited number of assistantships available for students in the thesis/research-based Microbiology MS program.
The Ph.D. in Molecular Pathogenesis encompasses the study of molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases. This program provides students with the skills and knowledge to address key gaps in our understanding of how microorganisms interact with their hosts to cause disease. The program has seven clearly-defined training objectives to prepare our future colleagues as scientists and empower them to influence government policy, the technology industry, and academic scholarship with their expert opinions and findings. Times to completion are variable, and range from 4 to 6 years, consistent with national averages for a PhD in the Microbiological Sciences.
Students accepted into the Molecular Pathogenesis PhD program receive an assistantship and a tuition waiver.