Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology (M.S., Ph.D.)

The Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology  program offers a Master of Science degree, and a Doctoral degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. 


Read the Application Instructions​ page for full details.

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Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • Résumé

  • A Statement of Purpose is required:

    • Please describe your motivation for seeking graduate training.

    • We are particularly interested in learning about your previous research experience. Emphasize how the Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology Department (METX) at UC Santa Cruz specifically fits your future research interests and career goals.

    • At the end of your statement, indicate whether you are interested in the Thesis/Research-Based MS (Plan I) or the Coursework-only MS (Plan II) and list three METX faculty with whom you would like to interview. Two pages maximum.

  • A Personal History Statement is also required:

    • Required of all applicants. This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support.

    • Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. Recommended length is a concise 1-3 pages.

    • UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.


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