Prospective Applicants

FALL 2017 APPLICATION INFORMATION The BBSP program will be accepting applications for Fall 2017 admissions soon. Please direct all questions about admissions and/or your application to the BBSP at

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. For admission into the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, students must apply to the new Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP). This program will act as a common portal by which students interested in any of the 14 participating Ph.D. graduate programs will begin their graduate studies at UNC.

If you are interested in applying to Microbiology and Immunology, follow the link to the BBSP Admissions portal, fill out the online application, and select your research interests.  If your interests are broad, you can select several areas of interest.  Your list, along with the personal statement, help the BBSP Admissions Committee get an idea of your basic interests so they can best evaluate your application.  For application instructions visit and select Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Once admitted, BBSP students have the freedom to choose their three laboratory rotations and coursework from any of the 14 participating graduate programs during the first year. Students are welcome to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies, Bob Bourret, at any time regarding microbiology and immunology coursework and program details.

At the end of the first year, BBSP students choose a research mentor/thesis advisor who is affiliated with the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology and will become a Microbiology and Immunology graduate student. Once in the program, students complete required coursework and preliminary examinations, propose a research topic, choose a dissertation committee, and engage in dissertation research. The average duration of training is 5 to 6 years.

Please direct any questions about admissions and/or your application to the BBSP at