How to Apply


Welcome! The faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are pleased that  you have an interest in our Doctoral Program. The Doctoral Program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is designed to educate students in the art and science of biomedical research, and to give him/her the experience and training needed to become an independent scientist. Our Ph.D. program offers state-of-the-art training in microbiology, immunology, virology, molecular biology, cancer research, pathogenesis of infectious diseases, and related disciplines. Students that graduate from our Program receive excellent preparation for a future in biomedical research.  Our students have gone on to successful postdoctoral research positions and careers, including in academic faculty positions, research and management in biotech and pharmaceutical industries, science writing, forensics, and government laboratories. Click to learn about Former Students


Submit the Application

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is participating in the GradCAS Centralized Application Service (GradCAS). Applicants applying to our Program will apply online using the GradCAS application by clicking here. To add our program in the GradCAS application, select Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport from the "Institution" drop down menu, and then select Microbiology and Immunology from the Department subject area. 

In order to complete the application, the following information will be needed:

  1. Academic History
  2. Additional Documents
    • Personal statement of career goals.
    • Unofficial transcripts.
    • CV/Resume.
    • Foreign transcript evaluations, if necessary.
  3. At least three letters of recommendation
    • Instructions will be provided for your referees to submit their letters on the GradCAS site. 
  4. A $24 application fee will be charged via credit card (NOTE: this fee will be reimbursed if you are invited for an interview). 

For guidence in the application processs, visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.

Applications are due January 31, 2019, but applications will be accepted until available slots are filled.

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enter the graduate program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are expected to meet the following admission requirements:

The above are minimal requirements, and the Department usually accepts only students whose achievements exceed these minimal requirements. Students must be available to start when coursework and introduction to faculty research begin on July 25th.


Students who have provided a completed application packet are considered for a Travel Grant to pay all expenses for a required interview visit to the Department. Because of excessive cost, international students may interview via phone or video conferencing. 

The purpose of the Interview Visit is to give the student a chance to learn about our Doctoral Program by meeting with the members of the Department faculty, our postdoctoral fellows, and all of our graduate students. Visiting students are given a presentation about all aspects of the Doctoral Program, the research activities of the faculty, an overview of the research resources of the Department and the LSUHSC Core Facility, and information about the many attractive features the Shreveport metropolitan area. Student visitors meet with faculty members in private interviews and have lots of opportunities to ask questions. A reception followed by dinner is held on the first night, and all transportation to/from the airport, hotel, LSUHSC, and the social event is provided. Our goal is for student visitors to learn about our Doctoral Program, our research programs, and the many attractive features of the Shreveport community in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.