Skip to main content.

How to Apply

Direct Application for Admission

Bose LabStudents may apply directly to the Department for the Ph.D. degree program of study. Students carry out research in a specific area of Virology, Bacteriology, or Immunology and are prepared for careers in academic, governmental or industrial settings. Degree requirements include successful completion of course work and submission and defense of a thesis/dissertation based on original research carried out under the supervision of a department faculty member.   

Application materials must include:    
  • Personal statement, including a description of prior research experience
  • Transcripts from B.S., B.A. or Master's degree in microbiology, biological or life sciences & international transcript evaluation for non-U.S. transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report (applicants for whom English is her/his second language)
  • Three references
To apply for admission:
  1. Submit your completed application ( together with the $60 non-refundable application fee. You will be asked to provide contact e-mail addresses for three references. After you submit your application, your references will then receive an automated e-mail with instructions for submitting their letter of recommendation through our online system.
  2. Please notify us when you have submitted these graduate application materials by sending an email to with the following information:

    Attention: Graduate Study in Microbiology
    Your First Name:
    Your Last Name:
    Your Email Address:
    Research Area of Interest:
    The Last Institution From Which You Received a Degree:
    How You Learned About the Microbiology Graduate Program:

  3. Request that one copy of your official transcripts from each college/university previously attended be sent to the following address:

    Microbiology Graduate Program Admissions
    MS: 3029
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160

    Or if your institution offers electronic delivery of official transcripts, they can be sent to
  1. Request that an official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants) score reports be sent to the above address. For direct reporting of TOEFL/IELTS scores, our institution code is 6895. Go to Academic English Requirements for a list of the minimum English proficiency requirements for admission to a graduate program at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  2. International Transcripts Need Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) Reports
    Applicants with transcripts from an international institution are required to order a Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) report from a recognized FCE company. You should request the official evaluation be sent directly to KU Medical Center, and the report must include the following:

    • A course-by-course evaluation
    • The US grade equivalency for each course and the cumulative US GPA equivalency
    • The US degree equivalency earned (bachelor's, master's, doctorate, etc.)

    While other companies provide foreign credential evaluations, to ensure that they meet the KU Medical Center requirements, we recommend using SpanTran, Educational Credential Evaluators, or World Education Services.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you have already secured an FCE report from a company other than the aforementioned, please submit this to KU Medical Center for review before requesting a new report. We can review your FCE report and let you know if it meets our requirements or if you will need to request another one from one of our recommended companies.

    Kindly direct any questions relative to the FCE reports to


To receive preferred consideration, please complete your application and ensure we have received all materials by our application deadline of January 1, 2025. However, we will continue to accept applications until all positions have been filled. Once your completed application has been received it will be reviewed by the admissions committee.   

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program will receive a full tuition waiver and a research stipend in the amount of $38,500 per year. International students will be assessed an additional fee each semester by the Office of International Programs. Students are responsible for paying this fee. 

Admission through the IGPBS Program

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) admits pre-doctoral students with interests in all areas of basic biomedical research. The first year of the program involves coursework in molecular and cellular biology and rotations in three laboratories. At the end of the first year, students who select an advisor with a primary appointment in Microbiology become members of the Ph.D. program of the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology. Please note that IGPBS has an earlier application deadline. Check the IGPBS How to Apply page for the current deadline.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3029
Kansas City, KS 66160
PHONE: 913-588-7012
FAX: 913-588-7295