Microbiology and Immunology PhD

Major: Microbiology and Immunology
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 132.0 
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0599
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers students a PhD degree. The program is 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.

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.

Additional Information

For more information, 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, 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.

Additional Information

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.

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)2.0
MIIM 513SMolecular Pathogenesis II3.0
MIIM 514SGrant Building2.0
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
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Total Credits132.0-134.0

Taken each semester until Thesis Defense


Taken each semester starting in Year two until Thesis Defense 

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
IDPT 502S1.0IDPT 504S1.0
IDPT 521S5.0IDPT 526S5.0
MIIM 502S1.0MIIM 502S1.0
MIIM 504S4.0MIIM 505S4.0
MIIM 508S3.0MIIM 506S4.0
MIIM 512S2.0MIIM 513S3.0
MIIM 606S1.0MIIM 606S1.0
 17 19
Second Year
IDPT 501S2.0IDPT 500S2.0
MIIM 502S1.0MIIM 502S1.0
MIIM 600S9.0MIIM 514S2.0
MIIM 606S1.0MIIM 600S9.0
Advanced Elective(s)2.0-3.0MIIM 606S1.0
 Advanced Elective(s)2.0-3.0
 15-16 17-18
Third Year
MIIM 502S1.0MIIM 502S1.0
MIIM 600S9.0MIIM 600S9.0
MIIM 606S1.0MIIM 606S1.0
 11 11
Fourth Year
MIIM 502S1.0MIIM 502S1.0
MIIM 600S9.0MIIM 600S9.0
MIIM 606S1.0MIIM 606S1.0
 11 11
Fifth Year
MIIM 502S1.0IDPT 600S9.0
MIIM 600S9.0 
MIIM 606S1.0 
 11 9
Total Credits 132-134
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