West Virginia University

School of Medicine

Microbiology and Immunology


PO Box 6529

Morgantown, WV 26506

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Microbiology and Immunology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The major objective of graduate education in the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Graduate Program is research training. To achieve this purpose, students are grounded with a strong foundation in basic concepts of microbiology, microbial pathogenesis, and immunology and allowed flexibility in choosing advanced coursework in their specific areas of interest. A major emphasis of the advanced coursework in the graduate program is extensive laboratory research in a specific area of immunology or microbial pathogenesis. Each student will complete an original, in-depth research investigation and document that investigation in the form of a written dissertation. The overall educational objective of the program is to produce doctoral students capable of designing, performing, and directing independent research in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis as well as teach at the highest academic levels. The mission of West Virginia University and the Graduate Program in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis is to provide excellence in education, research, and service to the State of West Virginia. The cornerstone to achieving this mission is a sustained research program that is internationally recognized as contributing to state-of-the-art knowledge in each of the sub disciplines of the program. This research expands knowledge necessary to provide new state-of-the-art treatments for our patients, develops in our students the knowledge base and skills necessary to mature to become independent investigators, and allows our faculty to contribute to the overall service mission of the university.


The School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL score-International applicants should take an English-language proficiency examination. WVU will accept scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum accepted TOEFL score is 600 for the paper-based exam, 250 for the computer-based exam and 100 for the new, internet-based exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Applicants are urged to arrange for one of these exams well in advance of the desired enrollment period. Admission is preferentially given to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. A few, highly-qualified international students are accepted each year. Approximately 3% of the international applicant pool are accepted each year

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

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