Program of Study
The department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology (MMI), in partnership with the faculty from the department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VPB), offers a comprehensive graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. This program provides individualized training that is strongly oriented toward basic research in molecular and cellular biology, immunology and host-parasite interactions. Graduates completing this training are prepared to pursue challenging and rewarding professional careers that involve research and teaching at supervisory levels in both the academic and private sectors.
Application Process & Forms
Students are selected for admission into the MMI program based on their potential to conduct high-quality, independent research. To be considered for the Life Sciences Fellowship, application packets must be completed by January 15th. The admissions committee will continue to review completed application packets for fall enrollment based on the amount of funding available. To be considered for admission, applicants must have submitted a completed application packet and have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. If you would like to receive more information about our program please contact Jana Clark.
Student Financial Support
All graduate students accepted into the MMI program are financially supported while they are making acceptable research progress. Graduate students who are not supported by fellowships receive stipends of $23,000 pre-comprehensive exam and $24,000 post-comprehensive exam.
Tuition and health insurance fees for residential/nonresidential students are waived for all qualifying full-time graduate student in MMI. Students are responsible for paying incidental fees (recreation facility, student activity, student health fee, and information technology) which total on average of $471.68 per semester.
All new graduate students admitted into the MMI program are required to complete three laboratory rotations within their first six months. Students will meet with the Director of Graduate Studies prior to each rotation to determine the appropriate laboratory and rotation advisor. Laboratory rotations exposes graduate students to research activities within the department and to the experimental laboratory environment in which they will evolve.
The MMI department is a central component of an interdisciplinary campus eminence program in molecular biology, which also involves molecular biologists in biochemistry and biological sciences as well as many other University departments. Program core facilities provide cell culture and immunology services, DNA sequence analysis, micro array analysis, protein structural analysis, transgenic animals, protein expression, proteomics, electron microscopy and molecular cytology
Living and Housing
Columbia, Missouri is a growing college community of over 102,000 residents, offering a pleasant combination of urban and rural life. The city, situated half-way between St. Louis and Kansas City, provides a wide array of entertainment. In addition, the scenic Ozark Mountains are easily accessible for sports, camping and other recreational activities. Columbia's three institutions of higher learning (MU, Stephens College and Columbia College) make it an important educational center, in addition to contributing to the social and cultural life of the city. On-campus housing, at the University Heights, Terrace and Village Apartments are available for graduate students. A variety of off-campus apartments are available within convenient walking distance from campus.