5th Year Research-Based MS Program

MS Program

The 5th Year Master's path provides qualified undergraduates the opportunity to continue their undergraduate research and earn a Master’s in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology in one year following completion of their Bachelor’s degree.

The 5th Year Master's path has the same requirements as the METX Master's program, with the only difference being the ability to accelerate earning the METX Master's by initiating Master's research and coursework as an undergraduate senior. 

Interested students are encouraged to speak with their undergraduate faculty advisor to prepare an application and plan. The first stage of the application processes should be submitted to the admissions committee no later than June 30th of the student's junior year. 

Two Stage Procedure:

Stage 1: Undergraduate students apply for acceptance to the contiguous BS/MS program, in consultation with their undergraduate faculty advisor. 

Prospective students will work with their faculty mentor or the METX BS/MS Contiguous Program Coordinator to prepare an application and plan for their 5-year BS/MS. The application should provide evidence of solid academic performance in general and in their undergraduate major. The plan should be completed and submitted to the METX BS/MS Contiguous Program Coordinator no later than end spring quarter of the junior year, and should include the following:

1)    A 1 page personal statement describing i) the student’s motivation and academic preparation for entering the program, ii) the student’s goals for the 5-year program, including the area of concentration, iii) the name of a faculty member willing to serve as their thesis advisor (if appropriate), and iv) future professional goals.

2)    Copy of unofficial transcripts establishing the GPA requirements in the undergraduate major and overall. Applicants should possess a GPA in courses of their undergraduate major (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) of  3.2 or above, and an overall GPA of  3.0 or above.

3)    A letter of recommendation from the METX faculty member attesting to the student’s promise for a MS degree in METX.

4)    A coursework plan that will enable them to complete both the requirements for the BS in their undergraduate department and MS in METX in 5-years, including demonstrating sufficient coursework capacity to complete at least two METX graduate courses in their final undergraduate year.

The METX BS/MS Contiguous Program Coordinator will submit the applications of students who meet these minimum requirements to the METX faculty by June 30th, for consideration by the METX faculty for acceptance into the contiguous 5-year BS/MS program. 

Stage 2: Students will go through the regular METX MS application process early in their senior year.

The criteria for admission to the METX MS program will be the same as for all METX MS program applicants.  Since students in the contiguous BS/MS program will take some METX graduate courses in their senior year (e.g., METX 200, and up to two additional courses from  201, 202, 206, or 210), performance in these courses can also contribute to the assessment of student progress and ability to complete the METX MS degree in one post baccalaureate year.