Admission Requirements

  • Approval of the AMP program advisor, Dr. Jerri Bartholomew (Coordinator of AMP activities)
  • Letter of support of a Microbiology Graduate Faculty member to serve as major professor/thesis advisor (this is not the same person as the AMP program advisor)
  • Completion of at least 105 credits of the required 180 credits for a bachelor's degree. This is equivalent to junior standing. Students with senior standing (135 credits or above), may be considered for the program if they have not yet completed their 400-level microbiology courses for the major
  • A 3.25 grade point average for completed undergraduate coursework. The courses that will apply to the graduate degree must be 3.0 or better
  • At least 1 term of experience in a research lab or a minimum of B+ in MB 303
  • Meet English language proficiency standards per the Graduate Catalog
  • Proper documentation for international students (visa/I-20)
  • Approval of the Microbiology Graduate Admissions Committee

Application Process

Required application materials:

  • Statement of graduate research or project objectives (essay of no more than 500 words). Explain why you are interested in this program.  Describe your prior undergraduate research experience (if any), your research objectives in the AMP, and your longer-term professional goals.  Consult your major professor/advisor before formulating your research objectives. Applicants with varied cultural experiences or who may be educationally, or economically disadvantaged, are encouraged to include mention of these factors in their application.
  • A tentative coursework plan of study.  This plan identifies the 22 Undergraduate credits that will apply towards the graduate degree, as well as additional courses for the graduate degree.  The plan must be signed by the major professor/advisor, and it must include the projected term of completion of the Bachelor’s degree requirements.  This plan does not replace the “Program of Study” that graduate students produce after meeting with their thesis committee by the end of their second term in the graduate program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your academic background and potential for success in a graduate degree program 

All application materials are submitted through the online OSU Graduate Application System. Find details on starting the AMP application process here (link to:

Application Timeline

Junior undergraduate year

  • Identify a faculty member willing to serve as your AMP and graduate advisor. Work with your faculty advisor to develop your proposed MS thesis research plan and a tentative coursework plan of study that includes up to 22 credits that will apply towards the graduate degree.
  • Apply to the Graduate School for the AMP using a code provided by the AMP advisor, Dr. Jerri Bartholomew.

Senior undergraduate year

  • Complete up to 22 graduate credits.
  • Continue to work with your graduate advisor to plan or conduct your thesis research.

First year of graduate school

  • Start graduate school transferring up to 22 graduate credits earned as an undergraduate.
  • Take additional coursework and thesis credits as described here (AMP Courses).
  • By the end of your first term as a graduate student,

form a thesis committee (graduate committee)
hold a Program Meeting
have a program of study approved

  • Conduct thesis research and write thesis document
  • By the end of the first year as a graduate student you should be prepared to pass your final oral examination to complete the M.S. degree.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and other Financial Support

Financing Your Accelerated Masters Program

Students in this program may either self-fund their AMP Graduate training or possibly receive GRA support directly from the grant of their major professor.  During their year in Graduate school, AMP students are not generally considered for GTAs, because the program is highly structured and the course load is high.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all graduate students.  GTA and GRA employment includes a contribution of 85% of the cost.  More information is available at Student Health Services.

Student Loans, Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate students are often eligible for financial assistance in the form of student loans or limited university-wide scholarships. For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  Limited scholarship opportunities for partial support in certain specialized fields exist within the Program, e.g., for thesis topics related to fish and animal health or to the dairy industry. Nationally competitive fellowships can be obtained from sources such as the National Science Foundation; these typically must be submitted with deadlines in November of the first year of graduate studies, and therefore require preparation before graduate studies actually commence (in late September). Such sources can augment or replace research grant support.