M.S. Program

The UF Microbiology and Cell Science MS Degree Program is a 2-year degree program that prepares graduates for a career in the sciences and research. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in graduate level courses. Students must register for a minimum of 9 credit hours for Fall and Spring semesters (summer semester is optional). The candidate is required to prepare a thesis that shows independent investigation in the chosen research field.

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Advantages of the M.S. Program:

  • Students have the freedom to choose their major professor and laboratory in which they will create their own independent research and plan of study.
  • Students at UF benefit from internationally recognized faculty with a diverse set of interests and backgrounds. For more information on the faculty and the research they conduct, please visit the faculty directory.
  • UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities: No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (August 2013); No. 3 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2013); No. 3 in the Fiske Guide to Colleges list of Best Buys Among Publics (2014); No. 15 on the Forbes list of best public universities (2013); and No. 1 on Washington Monthly magazine’s list of national universities that offer the best bang for the buck (2013.)
  • Job recruiters ranked UF ninth on the list of places where corporations prefer to recruit new employees (2010) and No. 2 on SmartMoney magazine’s list of universities whose graduates get the highest salary return for their tuition dollars (2012).

Please visit our Graduate Student Handbook to learn more about specific coursework and program requirements.

Microbiology and Cell Science M.S. Example Plans of Study