Microbiology and Immunology

Major:  Microbiology and Immunology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 46.0 (MS, non-thesis); 55.0 (MS, thesis); 131.0 (PhD)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0599
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1022

About the Program

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers students MS and PhD degrees. The programs are designed to promote understanding of the molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases. The department has research programs in the areas of parasitic, viral, and opportunistic infections; bacterial pathogenesis and genomics; inflammation and immunology; and drug development driven by investigators with national and international reputations and with extended histories of extramural funding from the NIH, as well as other sources of funding. Students are provided with a curriculum of integrated courses that include the essentials for biomedical research as well as courses that emphasis host-pathogen interactions through a molecular pathogenesis series of courses on viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, as well as immunology. Upon completing these programs, students pursue careers in academic, governmental, or industrial settings.

MS in Microbiology and Immunology

The MS program provides students a broad background in microbiology and immunology and the techniques used in microbiology and immunology research. There are both a thesis and non-thesis option for an MS degree. The thesis option combines course-work with a novel research project. The non-thesis degree program allows students to earn the degree without a research project by taking additional classes and writing a literature review paper. Students who wish to continue their graduate training after the MS degree may apply to the PhD program, and their credits may be applied to the doctoral program. The average amount of time to completion is two years.

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

The PhD program trains individuals to conduct independent hypothesis-driven research and to teach in the fields of microbiology and immunology. The program includes two years of coursework as well as original research leading to published thesis work. Laboratory rotations begin in the fall of the first year.  The average amount of time to completion is five years.

For more information, including scheduling a plan of study, visit the College of Medicine's Microbiology and Immunology Program website.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in all types of pathogens (viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic) and the host response to these interactions are encouraged to apply. There are no minimal requirements, but applicants should be competitive with regard to grades, GRE scores, research experience, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to use email to contact the program director or any of the faculty of the program with whom they may share scientific interests to discuss their suitability to the program and/or potential projects in relevant laboratories.

The Drexel University College of Medicine: School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies has a rolling admissions policy, which means that complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are therefore advised to apply early, as decisions to accept or deny admission may be made before the official deadlines.

To learn more about applying to the Microbiology and Immunology program please visit the Microbiology and Immunology Program specific website.

To learn more about applying to Drexel College of Medicine programs, please visit the College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies website.

Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club *4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar *4.0
Advanced Electives9.0
Select a minimum of nine credits of Advanced Electives.
Microbiology and Immunology 1st Rotation
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Structural Bioinformatics
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Immunology II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Microbiology and Immunology 2nd Rotation
Microbiology and Immunology 3rd Rotation
Microbiology and Immunology Thesis Research
Total Credits46.0

Thesis Option

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club *4.0
MIIM 504SMicrobiology and Immunology 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research **18.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar *4.0
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Thesis Defense
Microbiology and Immunology 2nd Rotation
Microbiology and Immunology 3rd Rotation
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Structural Bioinformatics
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Immunology II
Molecular Mechanisms OF Viral Pathogenesis
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
Total Credits55.0

Students may opt to take additional approved advanced or general electives in consultation with their advisor, but these are not required.

Additional courses from the Biograduate Medical programs may be taken as electives. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies programs.

PhD Degree Requirements

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club *9.0
MIIM 504SMicrobiology and Immunology 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 505SMicrobiology and Immunology 2nd Rotation4.0
MIIM 506SMicrobiology and Immunology 3rd Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research **63.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar *9.0
Advanced Electives
Choose at least two Advanced Electives for a minimum of four credits4.0-6.0
Structural Bioinformatics
Molecular Mechanisms of Microbial Pathogenesis
Immunology II
Molecular Mechanisms OF Viral Pathogenesis
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Total Credits131.0-133.0

Sample Plan of Study

Non-Thesis Option

First Year
FallCredits
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits14.0
Spring
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Second Year
Fall
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Advanced Elective6.0
 Term Credits10.0
Spring
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Advanced Elective3.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 46.0

Thesis Option 

First Year
FallCredits
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 504SMicrobiology and Immunology 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits18.0
Spring
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Second Year
Fall
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits13.0
Spring
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 55.0

Sample Plan of Study (PhD)

First Year
FallCredits
IDPT 502SLearn Early As Professionals I (LEAP I) 1.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 504SMicrobiology and Immunology 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits18.0
Spring
IDPT 504SLearn Early and Practice (LEAP II) 1.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 505SMicrobiology and Immunology 2nd Rotation4.0
MIIM 506SMicrobiology and Immunology 3rd Rotation4.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits19.0
Second Year
Fall
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Advanced Elective(s)2.0-3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Spring
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Advanced Elective(s)2.0-3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Third Year
Fall
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Fourth Year
Fall
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Fifth Year
Fall
MIIM 502SMicrobiology and Immunology Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicrobiology and Immunology Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 131.0-133.0
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