Graduate Fields of Study
Graduate education at Cornell is organized around Graduate Fields of Study, which are divided by discipline. To apply for graduate work at Cornell, prospective students must apply to a particular Graduate Field (rather than Department) using the Graduate School’s website. For more information on Graduate Fields, see below,"What is a Graduate Field?"
Students interested in pursuing a degree in the general areas of microbiology and immunology typically choose between one of three fields:
The Graduate Fields of Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Comparative Biomedical Sciences focus primarily on pathogens and host defense, whereas the Graduate Field of Microbiology emphasizes basic prokaryotic physiology, genetics, and ecology.
Based on their interests, faculty members in the Department of of Microbiology and Immunology are affiliated most strongly with the Graduate Fields of Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. To identify the Graduate Fields in which particular faculty members participate, please visit respective faculty members’ websites.
Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)
The Graduate Fields of Immunology and Infectious Disease, and Comparative Biomedical Sciences belong to a larger umbrella program, the Graduate Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS). The BBS Program includes three additional Graduate Fields (Pharmacology; Molecular and Integrative Physiology; and Zoology and Wildlife Conservation). Students that enter the Program through one these fields must follow the requirements and guidelines of the individual field and BBS program in order to complete the PhD.
How to Apply
To apply to the Graduate Fields of Immunology and Infectious Disease, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, or any of the other Fields associated with the BBS program, please visit the web site of the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Graduate Education. To apply to other Graduate Field including Microbiology, please visit the website of the Graduate School.
More Information on Graduate Education in General
These programs are interest-based programs. Prospective students who are interested in these programs still must apply to a Graduate Field in which a faculty member of these programs participate. Once admitted to a Graduate Field, one may become a member of these programs.