Questions? Contact us: 

Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup, PhD
Program Director
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
1430 Tulane Ave, SL38
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-4609
Fax: (504) 988-5144

   Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
   Tulane University School of Medicine
   1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-38
   New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
   Telephone: (504) 988-5150

One-Year Masters Program in Microbiology and Immunology

Strengthen your application to graduate or professional school!

Program overview

This one-year post baccalaureate program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology has been designed to prepare students for careers in biomedical sciences and to provide an in-depth educational experience to improve the probability of gaining admission to a postgraduate professional school such as medical, dental, veterinary schools or Ph.D. programs. Class size is limited to 15 students. Some courses are taken with first-year medical students or doctoral graduate students enrolled in the Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences Program. All courses are taught within the Tulane School of Medicine by full time faculty.

Program Calendar

The M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology curriculum is designed for completion within one year. Classes will start in late August and end by June of the following year.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree including basic work in biology and chemistry.
  • GPA of ≥3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • MCAT cumulative score of  ≥27 or
  • DAT average  score of ≥18  or
  • GRE score of ≥300 (or ≥1100 on the old version of the GRE; ETS code: 6178)
  • TOEFL  (minimum 80) or IELTS (minimum 6.5) scores (for international students whose native language is not English)
  • All application materials must be in English
  • Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their credentials evaluated. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (


Application Process

The application for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Microbiology and Immunology should be submitted to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (non-refundable fee of $50). Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. To apply, please, download application forms at the following website:

Application deadline for 2015

July, 12 2015

Degree Requirements (two tracks available)

Thesis Track

  • 26 credit hours of course work during Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Complete requirements for a thesis, based on library research (generate a review paper).
  • At least a  "B" average (3.0 GPA) should be achieved in order to graduate.

Non-thesis track

  • 30 credit hours of course work during Fall and Spring semesters.
  • At least a  "B" average (3.0 GPA) should be achieved in order to graduate.


Full-time tuition for 2015-16 is $23,000 per year plus fees, to be paid on a two semester basis. The Tulane University Office of Financial Aid  provides guidance with financing options (

For further information on financial aid, please, visit the following website   
Students will also be charged the following estimated fees on a per semester basis: Academic Support Services ($400 max.), Student Activities ($120), Reily Recreation Center ($150), and Student Health Services ($320).

Program curriculum »

Fall semester:

  • Graduate Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology Lab   
  • Seminar in Microbiology   
  • Graduate Journal Club    

Spring semester

  • Medical Immunology       
  • Seminar in Microbiology
  • Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research
  • Topics in Microbiology

Additional Elective Courses:

  • Medical Mycology   
  • Medical Parasitology
  • Basic Research Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods and Data Mining
  • Advanced Virology
  • Vaccine Biology
  • Human Medical Cellular Biochemistry
  • Metabolic Biochemistry of Human Disease

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000