The Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Graduate Program is a combined program taught by faculty from the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.

To apply, complete an application through the University of Missouri Office of Research and Graduate Studies. The application deadline is December 5, 2021.

Through the online application, you will need to provide:

  • Unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts. Official transcripts of the undergraduate and graduate institutions attended will be required if accepted into the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A CV highlighting any conferences, abstracts, articles, etc.
  • A personal statement of at least two paragraphs. Explain why you want to complete your doctoral training in Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics. Please state your goals, previous research experience and why you are interested in microbiology and immunology.

Only completed applications will be considered for fall admission. Applicants who are in the United States and reviewed favorably by the Graduate Admissions Committee are invited to visit the University of Missouri for an interview for which the program defrays expenses. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the prospective student to meet the faculty members, talk and interact with our current students, view the University of Missouri and the Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Graduate Program.

International Students

When applying from outside the U.S., you will be required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you are applying for a visa to document that resources are immediately available to cover the first year’s expenses. You also will be expected to show financial support for the remaining years of your program. If accepted into MPT, we furnish you with a letter that specifically states you will be covered financially (tuition waiver, stipend, insurance) during the time you are here in our institution as a graduate student.

If you will be attending on a government sponsorship or other outside scholarship, you need to provide an official or certified copy of the award letter issued by your sponsor. That letter should include the U.S. dollar amount (per year) of the award. Scholarship letters must state that the scholarship has been awarded for study at the University of Missouri, as well as list the expenses covered by the award and the maximum amounts available to cover each expense (fees, books, housing, etc.).


Applicants are selected for admission into the MPT program based on their potential to conduct high-quality, independent research. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or institution, as well as a good academic record with a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Desired courses

  • Biology
  • Advanced courses in biochemistry and/or molecular biology
  • Chemistry (quantitative or organic)
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

GRE scores, not required

  • GRE Scores, if provided, will be considered as one part of the application package but are not required for admission to the MPT Graduate Program.
  • If you do wish to provide GRE scores, please use these codes: Institution Code = 6875; Department Code = 0206.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All non-native English-speaking applicants are required to provide proof of English language ability. As proof, the University of Missouri graduate school accepts scores the following test services and are considered valid for two years beyond the test date. Required scores vary by academic program and you must make the minimum required by the Graduate School.

  • Minimum TOEFL scores
    Internet-based test (iBT) – 92
    Paper-based test (PBT)580
  • IELTS6.5
  • PTE - 62
  • Cambridge C1 - 185
  • Duolingo - 105