The Department of Microbiology and Immunology has an outstanding faculty with diverse research interests that include cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, molecular pathogenesis, bacteriology, immunology, immunotoxicology, virology, parasitology, mycology, and oncology. The goal of the graduate program is to prepare students to become creative problem solvers and leaders in scientific research. The Master of Science degree is offered, as well as a Ph.D., and an M.D./Ph.D. degree for medical students interested in academic or research careers.
The research experience is complemented with excellent course offerings, seminar programs, teaching opportunities, presentations at scientific meetings and writing of grant applications and scientific papers. Graduate students acquire a wide range of research experience in the first year through exposure to a variety of research laboratories and investigators. The student chooses a research adviser and then carries out an original, independent research project under the direction of the adviser. The project falls under the review of an advisory committee, and a written dissertation is defended in a final oral examination.
The Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Microbiology and Immunology, one of six pre-medical basic health sciences programs of the VCU School of Medicine, offers the opportunity for advanced graduate-level training for individuals seeking to enhance their background in microbiology and immunology prior to entry into professional school. The curriculum defines an intensive program of study intended for completion in two successive academic semesters. Admission to the program is competitive. As a guide, applicants should anticipate meeting the minimum expectations of performance and achievement described. However, individual departments should be contacted for detailed information on prerequisites, as there may be additional prerequisites beyond those listed.
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