• Admissions and Application

    Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year, with a target date of December 21 for completed applications in the Department of Microbiology. Normally, students are admitted for the fall semester. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a good academic record in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 grade point average and creditable scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

    Applying to The University of Iowa Department of Microbiology

    Applicants to the Microbiology graduate program are required to submit the FREE Preliminary Application. The preliminary application saves you time and money while streamlining the admissions process for 11 biomedical PhD training programs, including the Department of Microbiology. You will receive a username and password that will allow you to return to work on your preliminary application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secure server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. There is no application fee.

    A preliminary application will be evaluated when the following items have been completed:

    1. FREE Preliminary Application;
    2. Upload unofficial transcripts to the Preliminary Application;
    3. Submit three letters of recommendation via the Preliminary Application;
    4. Self-report GRE test score results on the Preliminary Application; and
    5. Self-report TOEFL test score results on the Preliminary Application (foreign applicants only). 


    Students wishing to complete the application process should submit required materials no later than December 21 for full consideration. Applications received after December 21 will be considered on a rolling basis.


    Selected candidates are invited for an on-campus interview and will be contacted by e-mail. Interviews are not conducted prior to submission and evaluation of an application. Travel costs within the US will be covered by the Department of Microbiology. Interviews allow applicants the opportunity to measure the quality of the program, the research interests of our faculty, visit with current graduate students, and decide if his or her research interests are a good fit with the institution.

    Checking Application Status

    You will be able to check the status of your preliminary application materials online by utilizing the username and password provided to you by the Preliminary Application System. Please check your application status frequently and follow-up with the appropriate person(s) to facilitate the timely submission of the required materials.

    Iowa Recruitment Fellowships

    Several fellowships support outstanding students who will contribute to the diversity of the graduate community within their disciplines. These fellows will receive substantial financial support during their graduate training while making good progress towards the degree. For doctoral students, the Graduate College will provide first year and dissertation year support that are service free, as well as four service free summers. The department/program will appoint fellows as research assistants during years two and three. Candidates for these fellowships are nominated by the Department of Microbiology. Because these fellowships are highly competitive and awarded on a rolling basis, eligible students are encouraged to submit their application materials by December 1.

    Contact Information

    Correspondence as well as technical support messages will come from biosciences-admissions@uiowa.edu. If you use a spam-blocking tool, please be sure to add this e-mail address to your list of known/safe addresses.

    For questions regarding the Preliminary Application or application procedures, please contact:

    Preliminary Application
    Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Iowa City, IA 52242-1181
    Phone: 319-335-8306
    Email: biosciences-admissions@uiowa.edu

    For questions regarding the Department of Microbiology PhD program, please send email to grad-micro-info@uiowa.edu.