Graduate Program Application Process

Part I. Submit application materials directly to the Department of Microbiology here: Departmental Online Application

Part II. Submit application materials directly to the UGA Graduate School Admissions Office here: Graduate School Online Application


More information about the Graduate School Online Application can be found on the Graduate School Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.

To complete your Graduate School Application you will need:

  • Three Online Letters of Recommendation (as instructed on General Application)
  • A copy of your transcripts (official transcripts are only required for applicants who are offered admission to the program)
  • $75.00 Domestic Application Processing Fee ($100 International Application Processing Fee) 
  • Official Test Scores (sent by testing agency)
    • GRE scores
    • International Students (TOEFL IBT)

Other Important Information

Deadlines: Please complete your application by December 1 to ensure consideration for admission the following Fall. NOTE: Application for admission consists of both a Graduate School application and a Department of Microbiology application.  

Qualifications:   All aspects of each application are considered. We are interested in students that are competitive academically, and have significant research experience. Because the application is holistically evaluated, we do not judge the likelihood of acceptability based on a short pre-application. 

Campus visits: Top applicants will be invited for an interview/recruitment weekend in early February. During this visit, applicants will meet faculty, students, and staff in individual and group settings. 

International Students:  As a University of Georgia (UGA) policy, international students whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a US institution must have a TOEFL speaking score of at least 22 to be admitted. Additional training in English may be required before International students can serve as Teaching Assistants. 

If you have any questions, please call the graduate program assistant at:

Phone: (706) 542-1434


***The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its programs or activities. The Director of the UGA Equal Opportunity Office at 3 Peabody Hall, Athens, Georgia 30602 (telephone 706-542-7912) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies.