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Program Timeline

This is a typical plan; individual student degree plans may vary.

Students should be enrolled in 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters and 3 credit hours in the Summer semester.


 Program Requirements

Program Handbook

The current Microbiology Graduate Program Student Handbook can be found on our resources page.

The handbook is the primary source for detailed information about program requirements, policies, and procedures. Students should read the handbook annually in order to familiarize themselves with important information related to their enrollment in the doctoral program.

Forms for Degree Processes

How-To Guides for Current Students

UT Box EID login required. Includes guides for:

  • Registration (including tuition/insurance waivers)
  • Applying for Admission to Candidacy
  • Annual Committee Meetings
  • Defense & Graduation

Graduate Student Responsibilities & Example Degree Checklist

Resources that Support a Safe and Inclusive Campus

The MIC Graduate Program, the University of Texas, and the College of Natural Sciences want all graduate students to benefit from supportive, inclusive, and safe classroom and research experiences. The following resources are available to support this goal:

Mentoring Organizations for Graduate Students

ILS Graduate Student Association Mentoring Buddies in Science Program:

Mentoring Buddies in Science is a mentoring and community building initiative created by the ILS Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). Through this program, we hope to foster support and collaboration amongst students to help incoming First Years transition to graduate student life.


The LS-PAC MODELS Center provides mentorship, professional learning, and networking opportunities for historically underrepresented STEM undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career faculty.

Científico Latino:

The Científico Latino Project works to increase the pool of minority scientists and professionals by creating a platform where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, gender,  sexual orientation, disability or immigration status—has equal access to fellowship and scholarship opportunities, and the chance to learn from their peers to becoming successful STEM professionals and other related fields.

National Research Mentoring Network:

Provides evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming for researchers in all career stages in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.