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The Department of Microbiology is the only stand-alone department of its kind in Canada. We place a strong emphasis on integrating molecular biology, medical, biochemical, environment and applied aspects of microbiology. While our department stands as an independent unit, our programs emphasize integration and collaboration with other science programs on campus and research institutes within the larger community.
The research interests of the faculty and students in our department are concentrated in several main areas, including:
- Microbial ecology
- Molecular microbiology
- Microbial physiology
- Microbial genomics
- Microbial interactions and pathogenicity
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Microbial protein structure
Because our faculty are engaged in active research projects, students have access to all facilities needed to conduct research in our areas of specialization.
Join MicroGSA or other student groups
The Microbiology Graduate Students Association (MicroGSA) improves the graduate student experience by offering you the chance to participate in social, networking and career building activities and events within the department.
Find out more about MicroGSA.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Science offer a two-year program of study leading to a Microbiology (MSc).
Expected duration: 2 years
Tuition and fees: one-year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must complete:
- A minimum of 6 credit hours of course work
- A master's thesis
Expected duration: 1 year
Tuition and fees: The Pre-Master's program is composed of undergraduate courses and students are charged per course fees. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)
Students with undergraduate course deficiencies may be admitted to the Pre-master’s program to complete the background requirements.
Course requirements are set by the Graduate Associate Head to address an individual’s academic deficiencies and gain eligibility to apply to the master’s program.
Sample course offerings
Here are some examples of the courses offered for this program:
- MBIO 7010: Graduate Seminar in Microbiology 1
- MBIO 7040: Graduate Microbiology
- MBIO 7050: Environmental Microbiology
- MBIO 7060: Microbial Interactions
- MBIO 7070: Bioprocessing
- MBIO 7100: Advanced Concepts in Microbiology
- MBIO 7160: Special Problems in Microbiology
- MBIO 7200: Macromolecular Structure Analysis
For a full list of courses and descriptions of each, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Microbiology (MSc) program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To be considered for admission into the Microbiology (MSc) program, you must have:
- A BSc (Honours), four-year BSc (Major) or equivalent degree in a field deemed relevant to that of the proposed study by the department.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Microbiology (MSc) program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Supervisor support
- Two letters of recommendation
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Choose a supervisor before you apply
Microbiology MSc and PhD programs are research-intensive and because of this, applicants are required to select one of our faculty members to be their supervisor and preside over an applicant’s program before they are accepted for admission. See Applying for graduate studies for full details.