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Microbiology & Immunology Masters Program

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 Biomedical 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 20 students. All courses are taught within the Tulane School of Medicine by full time faculty.

Application deadline for Fall 2018
July 13, 2018

Program Calendar

The M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology curriculum is designed for completion within one year. Classes will start late August and end by May 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 (old MCAT), or ≥504 (new MCAT) - please, send a screenshot or pdf of your scores to the email listed below.
  • DAT average score of ≥18 (please, send a screenshot or pdf of your scores to the email listed below)
  • GRE score of ≥300 (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 online through the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (non-refundable  and non-transferable fee of $50). Applications will be accepted until the application deadline (July 13, 2018) or until all positions are filled. Applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. 

To apply, please, use the online application forms at the following website:

In addition to the online application form, you will need three letters of recommendation and copies of your official transcripts. Official transcripts (undergraduate institutions, GRE, MCAT/DAT (pdf of score page) and TOEFL/ETS) may be submitted electronically (via e.g. Interfolio or through the institution) or mailed directly to the following address:

Dr. Kerstin Höner zu Bentrup
Attn: Masters Program
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 8638
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

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) has to 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) has to be achieved in order to graduate.

Full-time tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is $24,000 per year plus fees, to be paid on a two semester basis. The Tulane University Office of Financial Aid provides guidance with financing options (

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 ($180), and Student Health Services ($320).

For further information, please, visit our website at

Program Curriculum

Fall semester:

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

Spring semester

  • 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
  • Vaccine Biology
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Clinical Cases and Underlying Mechanisms
  • Master's Thesis
  • Master's Research
  • Thesis Research Design
  • Human Medical Cellular Biochemistry
  • Metabolic Biochemistry of Human Disease

Download a current brochure of our program here:

Microbiology and Immunology Brochure

Please send correspondence and requests for information on the Masters Program to: 

Dr. Kerstin Höner zu Bentrup
Director of Master's Program in Microbiology and Immunolgy
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, 8638
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
Telephone: 504-988-4609