Microbiology, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

Research areas include genetics, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, systematic and environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, and virology. Most of the laboratories used by the field have been recently built or renovated, and a broad range of instrumentation is available for work in all aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. One semester of teaching is required for Ph.D. degree candidates.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-3088

107 Wing Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • microbiology


2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 1; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Applicants should have preparation in general chemistry at an intermediate level; organic chemistry; physics; and introductory courses in the biological sciences. Training in physical chemistry and calculus is desirable. Although deficiency in the subjects listed does not preclude admission, it may increase the time necessary to earn a degree. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.


Faculty assess student performance through a variety of direct and indirect measures; these include:

  • the assignment of registration units, which record student progress semiannually;
  • official milestones such as admission to candidacy exams (A exams) which assess breadth and depth in the discipline, the defense of the thesis (B exams); and
  • public presentations of scholarly work.

Learn more about the Microbiology Program.