Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Application and Financial Support

Stipend, Tuition and Health Insurance (beginning August 2022)

Predoctoral (Ph.D.) students granted full admission into the Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) Track, part of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program, will receive:

1.  Research stipend of $28,000/year;

2.  Full tuition scholarship;

3.  Paid student health insurance

Master's degree (MSBS) students granted full admission in the MMI Track will receive:

1.  Research stipend of $14,000/year;

2.  Full tuition scholarship;

3.  Paid student health insurance

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the MMI Track are:

  •  AN EARNED DEGREE: Baccalaureate (e.g., B.S., B.A.) or graduate degree (e.g., M.S.) granted by an accredited college or university.
  •  GPA: A 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from the institution granting the baccalaureate or graduate degree. Applicants must arrange to have their official transcripts submitted to the University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies through the ETS system using institution code 1845. An applicant whose GPA is below 3.0 may be considered for "Conditional" admission. Copies of transcripts or unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • COURSEWORK: Prior coursework must be directly relevant to graduate studies in microbiology and immunology, including courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, immunology, statistics, epidemiology, etc.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:  Three or more Letters of Recommendation are required. Recommendation letters must be provided on official letterhead, must be signed by the letter writer, must provide full contact information for the letter writer, and should highlight work ethic, previous research experience, previous academic preparations, and intellectual contributions to research projects (if applicable).
  • STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Applicants are required to provide a Statement of Purpose, that highlights academic and research training prior to application,  MMI faculty and projects that are of particular interest, and future career goals.
  • RESUME/CV: Applicants are required to submit a resume/curriculum vitae.
  • TOEFL/IELTS: International applicants are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent English language proficiency scores.  Exemptions are granted if: 1. They have received a degree from a U.S. college/university;  or  2. English is the official language of their home country (see this list).
  • GRE:  GREs are not required for U.S./domestic applicants.  GREs are required for international applicants, unless they have received a degree from a U.S. college/university.

    Students with low GPA (<3.0) or insufficient academic preparation may be admitted conditionally.


The MMI Track uses a holistic approach to assess and evaluate applicants. The MMI Admissions Committee carefully considers each applicant's GPA, college/university where previous degrees were awarded, previous coursework, letters of recommendation, previous research experience, publications/presentations (if applicable), statement of purpose, and resume/CV. For top applicants, a virtual interview (e.g., Skype, Zoom, WebEx) will be conducted. GREs are not required for U.S./domestic applicants. For international applicants, GRE scores may help the MMI Admissions Committee better assess academic preparation. 

How to Apply 

Students interested in Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) should apply online.  Completed applications are due by January 15th each year.  MMI encourages early application, with review, interviews, and early decision offers being made to top candidates before December 30th.  Admitted students will enter either the Ph.D. or Master’s degree program, will complete a rigorous 1st year core curriculum, will perform 2-3 research rotations (each 7 weeks long) in faculty labs, and will join a MMI lab by May of the 1st year.

Please email questions about MMI graduate training to: Chair and Co-Director Dr. Kevin Pan  (Email: (419.383.5466) or Associate Professor and Co-Director Dr. Travis Taylor (Email:  (419.383.6673)

Questions concerning application status should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies at 419.383.4112 or GraduateInquiry@UToledo.Edu.

Last Updated: 12/20/23