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Application Guidelines

Microbiology and Immunology Application Guidelines

We will begin accepting applications for Fall 2024 now through the Slate platform.

The deadline will be December 1, 2023.

Link to Slate Application Platform:

Please review all of the application instructions below and the frequently asked questions tab before applying.

Contact us if you have additional questions. Please note that we only admit in the Fall.

Online Application

  • Applications are submitted through the SLATE platform: Please note that your information is transmitted through a secure server.
  • First-Time Users will need to "Create an Account" and register to begin your application process. Please make sure to save your login information to get back into your application.
  • Existing Users and First-Time Users will click Start New Application and select 2024 Graduate Application.
  • To avoid confusion and delays in processing applications, under Academic Program you will select Microbiology and Immunology PhD for Fall 2024.
  • The application fee for the Microbiology and immunology PhD is $55 for domestic applicants and $65 for international applicants.
    • The application fee must be paid in order to consider your application complete.
    • Application fee waiver codes are program specific and data entry errors or codes created by other programs will not be honored or credited.
    • Eligible applicants may enter a program specific application fee waiver code in the field at the bottom of the Additional Materials page
    • The University of Utah and the Microbiology and Immunology PhD Program cannot refund or reverse application fees paid by the applicant.
    • All applicants requesting an application fee waiver to apply to the Microbiology and Immunology program are required to send their application materials to be reviewed by our department. A review committee will then evaluate your materials to determine if a code will be provided.  If you would like your materials to be reviewed, please send the following information to
      • Research Statement
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      • Transcripts- Please include all graduate and undergraduate coursework including community colleges or other transfer credits separately
      • Letters of Recommendation

            ** Please note, due to a high volume of applicants, application fee waiver codes will not be provided to every student.

  • Submit your application once you have completed the application questions and uploaded the required documents. On the Review page Slate has some automatic alerts for missing or incomplete information in the various sections. The Microbiology and Immunology Division will review submitted applications and notify you by email if additional information is needed.
  • Contact us if you have additional questions

Microbiology and Immunology Application Checklist

  1. Online Application- SLATE
  2. Research Statement
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Transcripts
  5. Letters of Recommendation
  6. TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO Score (international students only)

Documents Required

Slate Online Application

This application alone allows us to identify the most promising applicants, and should be submitted as early as possible with all of the required documents uploaded and three (3) letters of recommendation have been received.
The SLATE system is for US and International applicants.

After you create your account enter your personal information. Carefully answer all citizenship and residency questions.

Under Academic Program select “Microbiology and Immunology” The Entry Term and Year is "Fall 2024".

Choose five faculty members in your department of interest under which you desire to study. Select in order of preference. See the Microbiology and Immunology Faculty page for a complete list of options.

These choices are not binding for rotations or thesis study. This information helps guide the Admissions Committee and can be used as first choice to schedule virtual or in person interviews.

Research Statement

Your research statement should be 2-3 pages in length and include the following information:

  1. A description of your present academic interests and long-range career goals
  2. A summary of previous experience, including laboratory research
  3. Reasons for applying to this program
  4. A description of your scientific interests and a list of University of Utah faculty whose research interests are compatible with your own. Although it is not essential to have specific research interests at the time of application, it is important that students admitted to the program have several potential research advisors. Details about the research interests of participating faculty can be found in the  Microbiology and Immunology Faculty Index

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

In the “Additional Materials” section in the Slate application upload a .pdf copy your CV in the CV/Resume field.

Your CV should be 1-2 pages in length, and include academic training/educational history, teaching and research experience, awards and distinctions, conference presentations, and publications.

Research Experience

Enter the number of months of full-time research experience in the “Additional Materials” section. Research months or Person months is an important metric to demonstrate research experience.

Part-time research experience should be converted into full months. Please visit the link below on how to calculate part time effort in to full time person months.

How Do You Convert Percent Effort into Person Months?


In the Academic History section of the Slate application, please upload .pdf copies of ALL of your transcripts from each college or university attended (college/university level only).

You must upload a separate transcript for each institution you have previously attended. Do not upload grade summary reports, degree audit reports, or credential evaluations. For schools that do not issue transcripts, please upload a mark sheet (and degree certificate, if applicable). All documents must be in English. If your original documentation is in a language other than English, please provide a certified English translation in addition to the original documentation.

Applications that do not contain all necessary documentation are incomplete; incomplete applications will not be evaluated.
Each transcript must contain the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Name of institution
  • All semesters of enrollment
  • Course numbers and names
  • Credit hours
  • Awarded grades

If you earned a degree that is not included on the transcript, please also include a copy of your degree certificate or diploma. This document must contain the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Name of institution
  • Degree awarded
  • Conferral date

All transcripts submitted with your application are considered unofficial and are used for initial admissions evaluation only. If you are admitted to the University of Utah, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the end of your first semester of enrollment. Students will not be permitted to continue their enrollment until all official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.

Three Letters of Recommendation

In the “Recommendations” section, please add the contact information for three letters of recommendation writers. Add people familiar with your research potential. 3 letters of recommendation are required. The letters must be on letterhead, have a valid signature, and be submitted through the Slate Recommendation system.

Your recommenders must submit your letters of recommendation by the application deadline. Please note that notification emails will indicate "The University of Utah Office of Admissions" as the sender and will come from If your recommenders use a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add this email address to their list of known/safe addresses.

TOEFL/IELTS/DUOLINGO Score (international students only)

International students should self-report English-language proficiency scores via a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam.

Please visit this site for more information about requirements and waivers:

University policy states that applicants must have one of the following :

Please note that class instruction in English does not meet this requirement. Typical English proficiency waivers are:

  • An associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university completed within two years of admittance
  • A bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited or ministry of education approved college or university within the past two years from one of the approved countries.
    • The TOEFL Institution code is 4853. Please allow several days for processing official scores.
    • IELTS: Please contact your testing center to have the score sent directly to the University of Utah.
    • DUOLINGO: Please log into your duolingo account, select the "Send Results" button next to your test results, and select the University of Utah as the receiving institution.

  The GRE will no longer be required or accepted.

Application Timetable

December 1

Deadline for Domestic and International Students

January - February

Interview visits for applicants residing in the U.S.

February - March

Applicants are notified of Admissions decision

April 15

Deadline for accepted applicant to accept offer


Admissions Criteria

Admission decisions are based on the following factors (not necessarily listed in order of importance):

Educational Background
A student’s educational background will be evaluated. This may include GPA, type of degree, and any undergraduate training listed.  

Research Experience
Many successful applicants have several months of independent laboratory experience indicative of an informed commitment to a research career. These applicants focus on meaningful, hypothesis-driven research experience for which they had primary responsibility.
Research months or Person months is an important metric to demonstrate research experience
Summer research programs, such as the University of Utah Bridge UP HBCU and IM-PREP, are ways for applicants to increase and strengthen research experience and provide opportunities for strong letters of recommendation from research advisors. Additional University of Utah Summer Programs are listed here.

Strong statements of support from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student have significant impact on admissions decisions. Letters from research advisors are particularly important.

Research Statement
The most compelling research statements demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to research and quality of past research experiences.

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Contact Us

Online Application System

Applications now open until Dec 1st

Department of Pathology
Microbiology and Immunology
University of Utah

15 N Medical Dr E
Building 565, Rm 1100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112

If you have questions/concerns, please email our office.
Phone: (801) 581-3962