Medical Microbiology and Immunology (Master of Science)

Program Availability

Your future of discovery is waiting for you.

Prepare for the next step in your career as a medical scientist or educator with Creighton University’s Master of Medical Microbiology and Immunology program. Through a combination of course work and laboratory experience, this master’s program can prepare you for opportunities teaching at the undergraduate level or participating in research in as little as two years.

Find your place in a growing field.

The number of jobs requiring a master’s degree in medical microbiology and immunology is expected to rise more than 12 percent in the next decade with a median annual salary of $71,718. Many graduates use their newfound knowledge and skills to educate others in undergraduate programs – especially at universities with research programs. Other graduates have found new opportunities as leading scientists in pharmaceutical and biotech companies and government agencies.

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) – October 2017

Take advantage of our small class sizes.

Creighton University’s School of Medicine has been training health professionals for more than 125 years. Our medical microbiology and immunology program provides students with the specialized equipment, broad expertise and resources of a larger university, but with smaller class sizes. This advantage allows for each student to have regular interaction with faculty members and other students in their cohort, as well as additional hands-on training with research equipment and tools in the lab. By focusing on a small group of students, our faculty can cover each topic in the program with more depth, which leads to a comprehensive, well-rounded education.


To earn the Master of Science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology degree at Creighton University, you must complete 30 credits:

  • Foundations of Microbiology
  • Advanced Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Bacterial Physiology
  • Host Defense
  • Cellular and Molecular Immunology
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Molecular Virology
  • Advanced Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
  • Current Topics in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department Seminar and Teaching
  • Directed Independent Readings: Selected Topics in Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Directed Independent Research for Master’s Degree Students
  • Master’s Thesis


Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Your academic record and performance will be a major factor in acceptance. Your undergraduate curriculum must include fundamental courses in both biological and chemical sciences. A strong foundation in undergraduate microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and biochemistry are desired. Additional requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
    • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA
    • Applicants must have satisfactorily completed fundamental courses in both biological and chemical sciences
  • Completed application (including non-refundable $50 application fee)
    • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than family members who are capable of assessing an applicant’s performance in an academic or work setting
    • Statement of purpose
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Minimum combined scores of 300 required for verbal and quantitative reasoning sections
    • Minimum score of 4 required for analytical writing component
  • International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements
  • International applicants who are formally admitted must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition is waived and health insurance is provided for students accepted into Creighton’s medical microbiology and immunology master’s program.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
February 1

PhD Option

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Medical Microbiology and Immunology (90 credits)

  • The courses required for the master’s degree serve as the foundation for the Ph.D. program. Additional research and a doctoral dissertation are required to complete the doctoral program.
  • Students who have already completed the Master of Science in Medical Microbiology and Immunology program may have a maximum of 30 credit hours transferred to the doctoral program.
  • Available on campus.

A full listing of courses offered for the Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Medical Microbiology and Immunology can be found in the course catalog.

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