Areas of specialization include Bacteriology, Immunology, Parasitology and Virology. Research focuses on cellular and molecular immunology, microbial pathogenesis, and the development of novel methods for the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.
The program requirements include coursework in the discipline, teaching experience, and the development of skills in research presentations.
The program is designed to allow easy transition of MSc students into the PhD program and a rotation option at program entry is open to all students.
Graduate courses (500 and 600 level)
500 to 600 level courses are aimed at MSc and PhD graduate students. Our graduate students can take selected courses in other departments as well.
MMI 601 is mandatory for all MMI MSc & PhD students
MMI 605 is mandatory for all MMI PhD students
MMI 512Special Projects *3 (fi 6) (Fall or Winter term, 0-0-3)
MMI 601Seminar in Medical Microbiology and Immunology *3 (fi 6) (Fall or Winter term, 0-3s-0)
The student will prepare a seminar on an assigned topic in medical microbiology or immunology. Evaluation will focus on presentation, content, discussion of other student seminars, and proficiency in chairing other presentations. Required of all graduate students in medical microbiology and immunology.
Note: Open to graduate students in Medical Microbiology and Immunology only.
Coordinator:Dr. Deborah Burshtyn @ 492-0646
MMI 605Current Topics in Infection and Immunity *3 (fi 6) (fall, 0-4s-0)
Selected topics in infections and immunity are explored in depth through evaluation of the primary research literature. Emphasis is on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying pathogenesis, host resistance, and immune regulation. Information is provided through selected readings and student seminar presentations. The primary objective is to introduce students to current research topics in infection and immunity, and develop their ability to critically evaluate, organize, and present scientific information.
Coordinator:Dr James Smiley @ 492-4070
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
The minimum requirements for entrance are an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a GPA 3.3 or above in the last two years and research experience in a laboratory setting.
For applicants not exempted from the English Language Test such as those who did a degree at a Canadian, American or British Institution, we require a minimum TOEFL score at least 600 (or 96 internet-based) or the equivalent in other English language tests ( >6.5 IELTS).
The GRE is not a requirement for our program for international students. For applicants applying directly from Asia and Africa, a thesis-based MSc degree in a related area highly improves your competition, but does not guarantee admission directly to the PhD program.
All admissions are made conditional on a match with a thesis supervisor or arrangements to rotate with two potential supervisors.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate in their application the faculty members whose research areas are of highest interest. The list of faculty members eligible to supervise students can be found on the MMI website and applicants may contact them directly to request a placement in their laboratory. While an offer from a faculty member to join their laboratory is helpful, it does not guarantee admission to the program.
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