Why Choose UF for Your Online Master’s Degree in Microbiology?

So you’re ready to embark on a new chapter in your career, and you’ve decided to pursue a master’s degree.

Citrus researcher investigating a plant

Good choice – a master’s degree can accelerate you into many new opportunities, such as medical school, a higher-paying job or advanced expertise in your field. Depending on your goals, it’s important to find a program that suits your needs. With dozens of microbiology master’s degree programs to choose from, it can be a challenge to decide which one is right for you.

We want to make sure that you make the most of your education, so we’ve compiled the top five reasons why a Master of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida might just be the perfect fit.


You’ll love it here if…


1. You want something flexible.

UF’s microbiology master’s degree is 100% online. That means you can complete your degree wherever and whenever is convenient for you. This program is designed for busy adults, meaning you can move through the program entirely at your own pace. Take one course at a time, take a full course load or even take a semester or two off – there is plenty of time to advance through the degree while keeping up with work, family and other important responsibilities. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a program that will allow you to kickstart your career even sooner, you can complete this degree in as little as one year.

2. You have several interests surrounding microbiology.

Scientist using a microscope in the lab

As the largest microbiology department in the country, UF offers expert education in a diverse range of topics.

Our five general research areas include:

  • Host-Microbe Interactions
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Plant Molecular Biology & Microbe Interactions
  • Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Artificial Intelligence

At UF’s department of microbiology, our reach expands from the soil and into space. Whether you know exactly what you want to specialize in or you’re still undecided, we have exciting course options for you.

3. You want more options after graduating.

Graduating as a Gator opens many doors.

With an extensive alumni network, you’re guaranteed to make connections that can help you land a job. Potential employers will be impressed with seeing a top-ten school on your resume. Additionally, our master’s degree program is unique in that it offers a concentration in medical microbiology and biochemistry. Graduates of our microbiology master’s program go on to become biochemists, medical researchers, bioinformaticians, physicians and more. Microbiology is a field with diverse opportunities, and our curriculum will prepare you to forge your own path and settle into a career you truly love. Click here to learn more about microbiology career outlooks for master’s degree graduates.

4. You want to become an expert.

At UF, we encourage students to dig deep. We want you to succeed, and what better way than to learn from those who have already succeeded? During your time at UF, you will learn from highly-respected faculty who are experts in their field. Additionally, you will interact with departments outside of just microbiology and cell science, as our master’s program is run in collaboration with UF’s College of Medicine. 

Scientist working on her laptop in the lab


If you are looking to deepen your scientific understanding while boosting your resume, we offer three graduate certificates that can help you achieve just that. These certificates can be taken alongside the master’s degree program or independently, and are the perfect way to broaden your knowledge base and land your dream job.

Graduate certificate topics include: Environmental Microbiology, Microbiome and Health, and Medical Microbiology.



5. You want more, for less.

You shouldn’t have to choose between quality education and affordability. UF offers a distinguished master’s in microbiology program at a fraction of the cost. At $535 per credit hour, the total cost for our master’s degree is approximately $16,050. This means our students save an average of $15,690.09 when compared to the average cost of online master’s in microbiology programs, which is $31,740.09. Financial aid is available for qualifying applicants. Additionally, there is no GRE requirement for entry into our program, so you can focus on what really matters: the science.

Students strolling through campus at the University of Florida

If microbiology is your passion and you’re ready to take the next step in your career, the University of Florida’s Master of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science Program will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Your future is waiting – Apply now!



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Posted: December 12, 2023

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Graduate Certificate, Master's Degree, Microbiology, Microbiology And Cell Science, Microbiology Online

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