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Microbiology – Immunology Master of Science (professional) Frequently Asked Questions

This program sounds cool - how do I apply?

Complete the Graduate School online application.

Is there an application fee to apply?

Yes – the CSU Office of Admissions requires that all applicants pay a $60 non-refundable fee at the time they submit their application

Do I need to take the GRE to apply?

Our admissions committee requires that you take and submit to us scores from a standardized upper level examination. In most cases, this is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). However we will also accept the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) and the DAT (Dental Admissions Test). We only require scores from the standard GRE (Verbal Quantitative, Writing) examination and do not require a GRE subject test.

What is the application deadline?

April 1 (no joke…..)

How many positions do you have in the Program?

We anticipate enrolling up to 50 students each year. Our goal is to keep the program small enough to allow effective instructor interactions and quality learning experiences while also maintaining a critical mass of students for networking, support and overall programmatic impact on the field.

How long will it be until I hear whether or not my application has been accepted?

We anticipate sending out our first set of acceptance/wait list/decline notices by May 15th. However, we will have a rolling admissions policy throughout the summer to notify students as positions become available.

How competitive will it be to gain admission to the program?

We do not have the ratio of applications to acceptances at this time; however the Program takes a holistic approach to our applications and evaluates each one in an in-depth fashion to determine if a student will thrive in the program. Due to space limitations, we cannot admit more than 50 students per year. 

It is difficult to predict how competitive admission to our program will be in the coming years as the number of applications we receive has increased substantially every year since the inception of the Program in 2013. Based on 2018-2019 admission numbers, chances are, however, pretty good that you will be accepted into the Program if you are deemed qualified by the admissions committee.

How much will this cost?

Tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year will be determined in spring 2019 and will be similar to other CVMBS professional master's programs.The 2019-2020 tuition costs may change; however for current graduate tuition and fees, see the CSU Graduate Tuition and Fees ChartOur program also charges Graduate Differential Tuition per credit. See the Graduate Di​fferential Tuition Chart​​

At this time, our program does not offer assistantships, fellowships or tuition waivers. Please consult the CSU Student Financial Services website for more information of federal student loans and other options that may be available to you.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The Master of Science in Microbiology-Immunology (professional) program is designed to be completed in one academic year (fall and spring semesters).

Can I work full-time while studying for the MS degree?​

In the Fall semester, you can expect to spend 17 hours a week in class, and up to 34 hours a week on homework. In the Spring semester, there are 13 hours a week of class time with up to 26 hours of associated homework. Time to prepare a scholarly paper, a key requirement for graduation, is also required in the spring. We advise students to bear this in mind when making other commitments.

Do you prefer Colorado residents over non-residents?

No – our admissions committee strives to admit the most qualified applicants regardless of residency

Do you hold admissions interviews?

No – due to the anticipated volume of applications and the short turn-around time for making decisions, we do not hold interviews for the program

Can I schedule an appointment to talk to someone about the program?

Certainly! Please contact either Ms. Collette Hageman at, 970-491-3464 or Dr. Brian Geiss at, or 970-491-6330.

Are there any special forms for my letters of recommendation?

No. Recommendation letters must be uploaded to the application by the recommender.​

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