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Microbiology offers new accelerated Master's program

Many graduate students looking to earn their Master’s at OSU sign up for a two-year journey, assuming they enroll in a full load of credit hours every semester.
A new program offered by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is looking to slash that commitment of time in half.

The non-thesis Accelerated Master of Science (AMS) program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics looks to give students interested in veterinary or medical careers an opportunity to earn an OSU M.S. degree in only one year.
Students interested in the AMS program who have met admission requirements, with relevant undergraduate degrees, and have been accepted to the OSU Graduate College are interviewed by a panel of Microbiology faculty, in addition to Graduate College requirements. Applicants are also required to take the GRE test.
Unlike other Master’s programs that require enrollment in nine credit hours per semester to graduate in two years, the AMS program in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics requires enrollment in 15 hours per semester, along with two hours in the summer, for a total of 32 credit hours.
The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics usually admits between four and seven students per year, and AMS applicants can only apply for the fall. AMS students are not eligible for graduate financial assistance such as graduate assistanceships, stipends, health insurance, or tuition waivers.
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