How to Apply

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Please return for an updated timeline to apply to the Microbiology Graduate Program in mid-summer 2024.

  Applications accepted for Fall 2024
December 1, 2023 Priority deadline 
February 1-3, 2024 Admission interviews 
February 22-24, 2024 Admission interviews 
April 15,  2024 Deadline to respond to offers of admission


The graduate application process has two steps:

Step 1:

Submit the online application to UI Graduate Admissions, including: 

  • Application fee
    • For U.S. applicants, $60 by credit card  (fee waiver details)
    • For International applicants, $100 by credit card (No fee waiver for International applicants)
  • GRE scores are not required
  • Self-report English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS) if applicable

Applicants will have their application fee reimbursed by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology if they receive an interview invitation and complete the interview.

If you are admitted, you will need to provide an official score report from TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language.

International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in compliance with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements. TOEFL scores must be reported directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the TOEFL. The University's institution code is 6681. Automatic waivers of this requirement are granted for persons who have completed a bachelor's degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Africa (English speaking), Australia, or New Zealand.

Step 2:

After you submit your application, you will be sent a Hawk ID and password to access your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload supplemental materials: 

  • Upload your unofficial academic records/transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Personal Statement

If you are admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts.

Your Admissions Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders including their email. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter.

All applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae that includes all:

  • Employment
  • Research experience
  • Teaching/tutoring
  • Publications and presentations
  • Conferences attended
  • Relevant academic awards and prizes
  • Professional memberships

Your personal statement should describe your:

  • Reasons for pursuing a PhD
  • Career goals
  • Reasons for choosing to apply to the University of Iowa       

Checking Application Status

Use your HawkID and password to log into your Admissions Profile on MyUI. Check the status of your application frequently and follow-up with the appropriate institution(s) or person(s) to facilitate the timely submission of the required materials. Applicants will be notified via email if invited for an interview.

Please note: Official transcripts and official score reports (TOEFL) are only required from the applicants accepting the offer of admission.