The two-year Master of Science Program (ScM) is designed for students preparing for Ph.D. programs or considering upper-level research positions in academia, government, or industry.
The degree is constructed to provide students with a capacity to perform independent research and a firm understanding of research principles and practices.
In addition to the required coursework, ScM students conduct one or two laboratory rotations, take a written comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the first year, complete original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, write a research-based thesis, and present the research in a seminar.
Required schoolwide courses:
550.860 Academic and Research Ethics
Cells to Society Course Series
Select two of four core MMI courses:
260.852 Fundamental Virology
260.627 Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections
260.635 Biology of Parasitism
260.650 Vector Biology
Required ScM immunology course:
260.631.01 Immunology, Infection, and Disease
Select one of the following literature courses:
260.852: Molecular Biology Literature
260.657: Vector Biology and Disease Ecology
260.854: Current Literature in Microbial Immunity
260.855: Pandemics of the 20th Century
The remaining credits are flexible and may be individualized based on the student’s interests and career aspirations. Students may take courses offered in MMI or in other departments within and outside of the School.
Credits may also be earned for Special Studies conducted one-on-one with Department faculty. Examples of courses taken by current and former students include:
Topics in AIDS Research
Principles of Epidemiology
Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Introduction to Molecular Biology
Vaccine Development and Application
Advanced topics in AIDS Research
The deadline to apply to the ScM Program is April 15 for the training program beginning the following September. Fully completed applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Early application submission is recommended.
Required Application Materials
Prospective students should submit the School's online application, which requires the following documents:
Three letters of recommendation
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants, please see this info)
GRE is not required
Application Fee Waivers
Application fee waivers are available for applicants to MMI graduate programs who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. and meet additional eligibility criteria. Prospective students that do not meet eligibility criteria in these categories may request an application fee waiver with justification. Applicants may  request a fee waiver by emailing Alan Scott, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SOPHAS Fee  Waiver for MMI” to request a waiver.  Waivers must be requested by November 16, 2020, for applications to the doctoral program and by May 1, 2021, for master's degree programs.
Please note: fee waivers must be issued before submitting your application. We cannot issue reimbursements for the application fee.