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The recruitment and admission of students to the program is carried out in coordination with the Yale Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Applications are examined by a Microbiology admissions committee composed of four faculty members from the Microbiology program, the Director of Graduate Admissions, and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Applicants are chosen based on their academic record, letters of recommendation, and research experience. A strong background in microbiology is a plus, but it’s not an essential requirement.

Students selected by the admissions committee are invited to visit Yale. They are interviewed by members of the Microbiology faculty, who provide feedback to the admissions committee. The admissions committee extends offers to the most qualified students. The number of students accepted annually depends on how many funding slots are available.

Applicants selected to interview will be invited to attend our Recruitment Weekend in New Haven, CT.

"One of the main strengths of the Microbiology track is that this is a close-knit community – once I got here I quickly got to know everyone in the program, which made for a supportive and welcoming environment. The curriculum allows students the flexibility to tailor their classwork to their individual interests. Team-taught core classes in the department encourage in-depth analytical discussions of primary literature and help students gain familiarity with Yale’s highly accomplished microbiology faculty and their research interests. This pushes us to improve our critical reading skills while opening our eyes to exciting lab rotation opportunities we may not have previously considered. I am truly impressed by the quality of research and collaboration that takes place here at Yale, and I am eager to see what the next few years will bring."

Caitlin Moss

Microbiology Track

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