How to Apply


MMG Students
The Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program (MMG) is small and therefore can be tailored to the needs of each individual student.


Students interested in receiving a PhD in the field of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) are encouraged to apply. All applications are processed through Emory's Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS). Applicants to the MMG program should have strong undergraduate backgrounds in the physical, chemical, biological, or behavioral sciences. Four general criteria are used to evaluate applicants. These include GPA, GRE scores, research experience, and letters of recommendation. Over the last 5 years, accepted students have had better than a B+ average, GRE scores above the 75th percentile, and strong undergraduate or professional research experiences. Students must indicate that they are highly motivated for a career in biological or biomedical research.

Students who have strong qualifications in all but one of these predictors of graduate performance and who can provide evidence of a productive experience in laboratory or field science will also be considered for admission.

All applicants (including international applicants) must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE). GRE scores must not be more than five years old. International applicants whose native language is not English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Applicants who hold a Masters of Science or other advanced degrees are invited to apply. If the degree is in a related field, such students can be admitted in advanced standing, which will shorten the completion time for our PhD.

When applying, be sure to indicate your preference for the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) training program on your application.

Applications can be obtained by following these links:

  • Click here to go to the online application. For the Fall 2014 admissions cycle, the application dealine is December 1, 2013. The application fee must be paid by credit card or electronic check.
  • Fee Waiver: For the Fall 2014 admissions cycle, the GDBBS is offering an early application fee waiver to applicants who submit applications on or before October 31, 2013. This fee waiver will be automatic, you will not need any kind of code or special information. After October 31 the application fee is $75. You can submit your application before your letter writers have submitted their letters of recommendation, and you can submit without GRE scores if they are not yet available.

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Application Information

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The application deadline for the Fall 2017 admissions cycle was December 1, 2016 and we are no longer accepting applications.  The application for the Fall 2018 application should be available around September 1, 2017, and the deadline date will be December 1, 2017.  The application fee is $75.

You can submit your application before your letter writers have submitted their letters of recommendation, and you can submit without GRE scores if they are not yet available. Make sure you upload the correct version of your statement of purpose, resume and transcripts, as our office is unable to remove or add any document in your application once it has been submitted.

Stipend: $29,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year (more financial information is available here).

Required Application Material

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • A copy of a transcript for each university you have attended. This transcript must be issued by the Registrar’s Office (a copy issued to the student is fine) and cannot be printed from the University’s web site. Each transcript must be uploaded during the application process. Scan the transcript at high resolution and make sure each can be read before uploading it. Each individual university transcript must be uploaded as one file and not page by page.
  • Official transcripts are not required and will not be used in the review process. If you are offered admission and accept the offer you are then required to submit an official sealed transcript from each university you have attended. We ask that you not send us any material in the mail unless asked to do so.
  • The general test of the GRE is required; please indicate your registration number and scores in the application if the exam has been taken before you submit the application. The subject test is not required, but there is space to list your scores if you have taken the exam. Applicants must also contact ETS and request that they send official GRE scores to institution code 5187. As long as you have self-reported your scores please do not contact us to verify that we have received your official scores from ETS, as the application can be reviewed with the self-reported scores.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if your native language is not English. Applicants must also contact ETS and request that they send official TOEFL scores to institution code 5187. As long as you have self-reported your scores please do not contact us to verify that we have received your official scores from ETS, as the application can be reviewed with the self-reported scores.
  • Some programs may have an additional requirement or recommendation for applicants, so you should review the admissions page for the program you are applying to.

Our goal is to streamline the application process for you and to make the application review process as paperless as possible.

The Laney Graduate School's website contains additional information on admissions, application instructions, and program data.