Master‘s Program Requirements
Total number of courses: 9 (36 units). Five of the courses must be graduate courses in the 200 or 500 series. A maximum of 2 courses (8 units) of 598 may be used to fulfill the 9 course requirement. Four of the nine courses may be in the 100 series (upper division undergraduate). All courses will be approved by the student's advisory committee before enrolling. A measure of flexibility will be used in selecting the courses required for each individual student.
Student’s faculty mentor, one other department member, and a member from outside of MIMG will constitute his or her initial advisory committee. This committee will meet with the student before the first quarter to devise a coursework plan and approve the thesis topic.
The thesis is a report on the results of the student’s original investigation. Before beginning work on the thesis, approval of the subject and general plan from the faculty mentor must be obtained. This is done by way of submitting a thesis proposal with the original application for admission. The final thesis will be approved by a three member committee consisting of at least two members of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; the third member may be from an outside department. This committee should be approved no later than the second week of the quarter in which the thesis is filed.
UCLA requires at least a B (3.0) average in all courses taken in graduate status on any campus of the University of California and in all courses applied toward the Master’s Degree.
Time to Degree:
Normal progress from admission to completion of the Master’s degree is two years (6 quarters).
The department’s financial resources are not committed to students in the Master’s program. Master’s students, with the consent of their faculty advisor, are eligible to serve as teaching assistants if positions are available.