This degree is available to qualified students preparing for professional careers in industry and government and for further studies at the doctoral level. In addition, a Master's degree in Microbiology, combined with appropriate courses in education, can be utilized for a community college teaching credential.
- February 15: Application Deadline for Department, and CSULB, for the following Fall semester.
Download PDF forms for Graduate program:
- Graduate Program of Study form - Micro
- Thesis Proposal Cover Sheet
- Graduate Handbook
- Thesis deadlines 2014-15
- Seven Easy Steps to Finishing your Thesis
Graduate Office, Department of Biological Sciences,
California State University, Long Beach,
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-9502
Important info for all TA's & GA's:
Download forms for applying for a TA/GA position:
Note: Returning TA's and GA's: Submit the Teaching Associate/Graduate Assistant Application for Employment for Spring 2014.
New TA's and GA's: Submit the Teaching Associate/Graduate Assistant Application for Employment for Spring 2014 and an SC1 Form
In addition to the prerequisites for entrance into CSULB as a graduate student, stated previously in this catalog under Graduate Degrees and Post Baccalaureate Studies, the Department of Biological Sciences requires:
1. A faculty member in the department must agree to serve as the thesis advisor for the student prior to her/his acceptance into the M.S. program;
2. A bachelor's degree in the biological or related sciences from an accredited institution. Students with alternative undergraduate degrees will be considered, but they will likely be assigned deficiency courses by the Thesis Advisor in consultation with the Graduate Advisor;
3. An undergraduate GPA in all completed science and mathematics courses of at least 2.70 OR a GPA of at least 3.00 in the last 40 semester (60 quarter) units of science and mathematics courses completed;
4. The GRE General Test must have been taken prior to applying to the Department. The applicant should score in the 50th percentile or better in Verbal and Quantitative sections. If either the GRE Verbal or Quantitative score (but not both) is below the 50th percentile, the student may be considered for acceptance if their respective undergraduate grades in English or Math are a B average or better. The GRE must have been taken within five years prior to the intended admission date.
5. Applicants without a degree within a field of the biological sciences must also take the GRE Biology or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Subject Test. A score of 50th percentile or better on the GRE Subject Test in Biology, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology must be achieved.
6. International Students must provide official TOEFL scores. Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 90 is required. (No other test can be used to replace the TOEFL.)
Prospective graduate students in M.S. in Microbiology, including CSULB graduates, must formally apply for admission to CSULB as described previously in this catalog and must also apply directly to the Department of Biological Sciences. All applicants must submit the following documents directly to the Department no later than February 15 for the fall semester to receive consideration for admission:
1. Departmental Application Form;
2. A one page essay describing why the applicant wishes to obtain an M.S. degree in Microbiology at CSULB and how this relates to her/his career objectives;
3. Curriculum Vitae;
4. Unofficial transcripts of all college level academic work, including those completed at CSULB (these are in addition to those transcripts required for general graduate admission to CSULB);
5. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic performance, as well as research and teaching potential; and
6. Official report of GRE Test scores. Please send official GRE scores to CSULB (Code #4389). The applicant should have taken this examination prior to applying to the Department, because the scores must reach the Department by the deadline above.
These materials must be submitted to the Graduate Office, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-9502.
Review by the Graduate Studies Committee
The Graduate Studies Committee will review all folders completed by the deadlines and either accept the applicant as a Classified or Conditionally Classified graduate student or deny admission. Acceptance is competitive and the GPA, the GRE Subject Test score, one-page essay, and the letters of recommendation will be weighed in the decision to accept or decline. All accepted students must contact the Graduate Advisor prior to their initial semester for counsel and orientation.
Admission to the Department of Biological Sciences as a Classified Graduate Student (7654-052)
The Department of Biological Sciences will admit as a Classified graduate student any applicant who:
1. has met all prerequisites;
2. has a complete folder of all required documents; and
3. has obtained acceptance by a faculty member as the Chair of the student's Thesis Committee. The student should then set up a program (see "The Program of Study", below).
Admission to the Department of Biological Sciences as a Conditionally Classified Graduate Student (7654-051)
Admission to the Department of Biological Sciences as a Conditionally Classified Graduate Student
An applicant who fails to meet the above criteria for Classified Graduate Student may be considered by the Graduate Studies Committee for admission as Conditionally Classified Graduate Student:
An applicant with course deficiencies: The Graduate Advisor and student’s Thesis Advisor will determine whether academic deficiencies exist for the particular field of study to be undertaken. Which course(s) must be taken to make up those deficiencies will be indicated on the back of the department application form. Such courses must be taken in addition to the minimum 30 units on the student's Program of Study (see below). The applicant must make up all deficiencies before attaining Classified status.
The Thesis Proposal and Program of Study
After admission to the Department as a Classified or Conditionally Classified graduate student, the student, in consultation with the Thesis Chair, must establish a Program of Study that includes the program of classes and a Thesis Proposal. The student and Thesis Committee Chair will select at least two additional members to serve on the student's Thesis Committee. The Departmental Graduate Advisor serves as an ex-officio member of all thesis committees. Each student must prepare a written Thesis Proposal for approval by the student's Thesis Committee. The Thesis Committee will meet with the student to determine what courses the student must take and indicate them on the M.S. in Microbiology Graduate Program Form.The Program of Study must include completion of a minimum of 30 semester units. At least 21 of these units must be in the 500-600 level courses of which a minimum of 16 units must be in the Microbiology or Biology 500-600 series. If not taken previously, MICR 371 or an upper division/graduate course in genetics, and MICR 471 or an upper division/graduate course in cell physiology are required courses for your Program of Study. The rest of your required courses for your Program of Study include: BIOL 580 (1 unit), MICR 661 (two enrollments with different topics for a total of 4 units is required), or MICR 661 and BIOL 663; BIOL 696A (2 units), BIOL 696B (2 units), MICR 697 (maximum 3 units); and MICR 698 (6 units). Other elective units included in the graduate program must be 400-600 level courses acceptable to the University and microbiology degree program, no more than nine may come from transfer credit. Up to 5 units of 300-level courses may be included with an approval from the Thesis Chair and Graduate Advisor. BIOL 696A will be taken during the student's initial fall semester; the course will cover experimental design, statistics, and literature research, and help students in preparing their Thesis Proposal. BIOL 696B will be taken during the first spring semester in the program, and will cover both oral and written scientific presentation. BIOL 696B is intended to facilitate manuscript and thesis writing and to help students learn to articulate their findings for their thesis defense.
Advancement to Candidacy
In addition to the general University requirements stated previously under Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees in this Catalog, the student must complete the following steps before receiving Candidate status in the Department of Biological
1. Admission to the Department of Biological Sciences Master's Degree program as a Classified graduate student (see above);
2. Acceptance of the Thesis Proposal and Program of Study by the Thesis Committee;
3. Satisfactory academic progress;
4. Satisfactory fulfillment of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
The Thesis Committee will recommend the student for advancement to candidacy by forwarding its recommendation to the Department Graduate Advisor. This should occur at least one year before graduation. Upon approval by the College's Associate Dean, the student will attain Master's Candidate status
Requirements for the Master of Science in Microbiology
In addition to the general University requirements stated previously in this Catalog, the student must meet the following requirements before receiving the degree of Master of Science in Microbiology. The requirements are:
1. Advancement to candidacy (see above);
2. Maintenance of a 3.00 ("B" average), or better, overall graduate grade point average (includes all upper-division and graduate level courses taken since admission to this University and after completion of the baccalaureate degree) and graduate program GPA. If either GPA falls below 3.00, it must be elevated to a 3.00 at the end of the following semester or the student will be dropped from the M.S. in Microbiology program;
3. Successful completion of the following: written thesis and public defense followed by a private defense with the Thesis Committee; and
4. Serve as a teaching associate or graduate assistant. Under some circumstances, this requirement may be waived.
Requests to graduate must be received by Enrollment Services approximately 6 months in advance of the expected graduation date (Check the Schedule of Classes for the date).
These degree requirements must be completed within 7 years from when the first course on the Program of Study was completed, including academic leaves, or the student's degree program will be terminated.