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Microbiology-Immunology Master of Science (M.S.) in Microbiology

Degree Overview

Gain the in-depth knowledge, critical professional skills, and academic credentials you need to take the next step in your career.

Earn your master’s degree in microbiology online

Designed to be completed in as little as one year, this fully online, non-thesis master’s degree program will strengthen your understanding of theoretical and applied aspects of microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and virology, preparing you to pursue career opportunities in a variety of industries.

Learn from leaders in the field of microbiological research

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology is a world-leader in infectious disease research and education, with robust biomedical research programs focused on understanding fundamental aspects of bacteriology, virology, and prion biology, improving diagnostics for infectious diseases, as well as developing effective treatments and vaccines for globally important infectious diseases, including the SARS-CoV02 coronavirus.

Career Opportunities

Students who have completed the Microbiology-Immunology Master’s program have successfully obtained positions in a wide range of industries and career paths, including biotechnology, governmental agencies, public health laboratories, academic research labs, as well as moving into terminal degree programs in veterinary and human health. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of microbiologists was projected to grow by three percent between 2019 and 2029. However, considering the massive economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, job opportunities will likely expand at a much faster pace as both governments and organizations seek to create better safeguards, diagnostic tools, vaccines, and treatments for future disease outbreaks.

Potential career opportunities for graduates of this program include:

  • Microbiologist
  • Biotechnology researcher
  • Government research associate
  • Clinical microbiology researcher
  • Biological scientist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Environmental infection control consultant

Study in a flexible, online format

This online program allows you to earn your master's degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Balance your academic studies with your career, family, and personal obligations.

Although this program is entirely online, you will still have opportunities to interact closely with both your instructors and peers. You will also have access to many of the same resources and services as CSU’s resident students.