HomeGraduate Programs

Master’s Program Admissions

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG)
Admissions Information and Program Guidelines
for entry in Fall 2015


No student will be considered for the Master's program unless (s)he is performing research in the lab of the prospective mentor at the time of application.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Policies Regarding Master's Applications:

The Master's program is intended for study related to Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics leading to the Master of Science Degree.  The following are guidelines for admission into the department's Master's program:

  • The deadline for application to the Master's program is April 1st.  Admission will be made only for Fall quarter each year
  • Before the student applies for the program (s)he must already have the support of an MIMG faculty member.  That is, the mentor must be determined prior to applying.  Applications from those students who have not arranged for the support of a mentor will not be accepted (see www.mimg.ucla.edu/research_pages/)
  • Although applicants are required to have obtained a mentor from among the MIMG faculty prior to applying to program, evaluation will still be on a competitive basis
  • The Master's program is separate from the Ph.D. program.  Anyone completing the Master's degree who intends to continue graduate work will be required to apply separately for the Ph.D. program
  • The applicant should have a clear idea of his or her research plan, which should be outlined in the Master's Thesis Proposal

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following material directly to the MIMG Graduate Student Affairs Office, 1602B Molecular Science Building:

  • Two copies of official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Master’s Thesis Proposal
  • Statement of Purpose
  • One Letter of Recommendation from the proposed thesis sponsor
  • Two additional Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores; General Test required
  • GRE scores; General Test required, Subject Test in either Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology highly recommended (GRE School code = 4837 and Department code = 0212)

In addition, applicants will complete the online Graduate Division application, but not until instructed to do so by the Graduate Student Affairs Officer.

Complete applications are reviewed by all members of the departmental Graduate Committee. The Committee's decisions regarding recommending or not recommending admission are forwarded to the Graduate Dean. In all cases, all final admissions decisions rest upon the Dean of the Graduate Division.