2019 BBSP Application Information

BBSP Priority deadline: November 27, 2018
BBSP Final deadline: December 4, 2018. 

Note from the BBSP: The GRE requirement for 2019 BBSP applications has changed. GRE scores are neither required nor typically recommended for applicants of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program. 

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D. program. For admission into the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, students must apply to the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP). The BBSP is the 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, application information and instructions may found at the Apply to BBSP.   If your interests are broad, you can select several areas of research interests. 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.

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.

The BBSP only admits students seeking a PhD. If you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree, please visit the UNC Professional Science Masters site to learn more about UNC’s offerings.

Please direct all questions about admissions and/or your application to the BBSP at or 919-843-6960

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology strongly believes that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. Diversity Liaison Natalie Nesbitt is responsible for coordinating these efforts and works directly with the Chair on issues related to recruitment, education, and communication. We support the University’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.