Prospective Graduate Students

While you are here at Oklahoma State University, you will be interacting with your peers and mentors on a regular basis. The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is dedicated to the cultivation of these relationships between the students and the faculty; these are the foundations for excellence in research, innovation, creativity, and a fantastic learning environment. We aspire to have our graduate students being the best and the brightest graduate students from across the country. The students are the lifeblood of the department. The success of the student’s academic and personal growth through the rigorous educational and research training at OSU is essential. As a potential student to this family, click on the links in the menu below to find out more about us.

Life in Stillwater

RunningAs potential graduate students, it is important to know the culture of the city that you will live in. In short, Stillwater is home to people who think big and see endless possibilities. With a cost of living below the U.S. average, Stillwater is consistently ranked among the nation’s top small cities for quality of life. Stillwater residents benefit from great medical facilities, a vibrant downtown and quality shopping centers, numerous parks and recreational opportunities, and a wonderful public atmosphere. Because of the small town feel, we would suggest that you invest in a bicycle if you do not have a car.  Take a walk through a museum or experience the architecture of some of the historic buildings. Take an evening run around the various parks, including the rustic beauty of Lake McMurtry. Do you just need to unwind? Grab a steaming cup of coffee and relax outside and enjoy a beautiful Oklahoma sunset. Visit the City of Stillwater for more information about what there is to do in Stillwater. 

Graduate Programs

The Programs of course work and research that the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offer lead to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students may elect either Microbiology or Cell and Molecular Biology within the M.S. and Ph.D. program. For some FAQ about our programs, please see our PDF documents for the Accelerated Master of Science, Master of Science, 4+1 Masters in Microbiology, and Doctorate programs.  

Graduate Courses

Our graduate student curriculum is designed to provide you with the advanced and rigorous training on the development of a skillset that is essential for a career in microbiology.


The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Graduate Student Association is the student organization of our students. Visit the group page for more information about their activities and functions for the department.

Apply Now

Congratulations, you have now taken your first steps to being a part of the OSU Microbiology family.