Microbiology & Immunology


Thank you for your interest in the Microbiology and Immunology doctoral program. Admission is highly competitive with a limited number of students being admitted.


Please complete the university on-line application.


Application Deadlines

Required Documents

  • Application for Graduate Program
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions
  • Statement of Purpose and Goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores. GRE (Institution Code 1851, Department Code 0212) and TOEFL (Institution Code 1851, Department Code 07).


The State of Illinois requires that all students entering a post secondary institution who are born on or after January 1,1957, must present documents showing proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria as a prerequisite to registration. Students who are accepted into our program are strongly advised to bring proof of immunization. Students who have not shown proof of immunization within the first term of enrollment will be required to get the immunization inoculations. Failure to provide the.  required proof of immunity will prevent the student from enrolling in a subsequent term

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

All applicants are required to upload their academic credentials electronically to satisfy both program-specific requirements and admission/institutional requirements.

Applicants must present evidence of a solid background in undergraduate work that includes biology, inorganic and organic chemistry and at least one year of physics and mathematics. While it is desirable to have had courses in Microbiology, this is not an absolute requirement. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (where a value of 4.0 is equal to the letter grade of 'A') is required; however preference is given to applicants who present a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

All applicants are REQUIRED to take the Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), preferably prior to submission of the formal application.  For information about the GRE, you may contact the Graduate Record Examination, Box 955, Princeton, N.J., or the Minority Graduate Student Locator Service, Box 2615, Princeton N.J. 08541 or log onto www.gre.org. Applicants from countries in which English is not the principal language must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam. For further information vist www.toefl.org

In addition to the applicant's scholastic records and examination scores, the Graduate Committee gives particular consideration to a statement of purpose and goals from the applicant and three letters of recommendation. Because competition among qualified applicants is high, an interview will be requested.

The University of Illinois at Chicago complies fully with all Federal and State nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws, regulations and orders. All admission decisions are made solely on the basis of merit. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates.

All students who are accepted into our graduate program are offered financial assistance, which includes an annual stipend of $31,620 (in the form of an "assistantship" appointment) and a waiver of tuition and service fees.