Research course

Immunology and Infection

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
MA by research

Entry requirements

The admission requirements for the MSI&I degree program align, in general, with the requirements of the UTHSCSA Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. All of the required application information, including official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted in order for an application to be considered by the MSI&I program Admissions Committee. In general, the most successful applicants will have a significant educational background in the biological or biochemical sciences. The requirements listed below will be applied; however, although minimum grade and test score cut-offs are useful guidelines, occasional exceptions may be given under special circumstances. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or proof of an equivalent degree and training at a foreign institution. Required prior coursework: 2 years of biological or biochemical coursework for science majors with labs; Organic and inorganic chemistry with labs; 1 year physics; 1 semester calculus or statistics. Minimal grade point average (GPA): No lower than B (e.g., 3.00 in a 4.00 system). Competitive GRE scores: Acceptable scores judged on a case-by-case basis; exam scores must be from exams taken within the past 5 years. Minimal TOEFL scores: For applicants from countries where English is not the native language, a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 560 (paper test), 220 (computer test), or 68 (internet test) is expected. Letters of recommendation (minimum of three) attesting to the applicant's readiness for graduate level studies. These letters, submitted with the online application to the Graduate School, are a very important component of the application; letter writers should be chosen carefully and familiar with the candidate’s academic credentials. Research experience is not required, but may be considered when evaluating applications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Science in Immunology & Infection degree program is designed for those who are interested in a career that will require an elevated level of expertise and experience in evaluating and understanding immune defenses against infectious microbial pathogens.

This includes people who are already in the workforce and desire additional training, as well as students who are about to graduate from college and are in need of improved academic credentials before applying to M.D., D.D.S., or Ph.D. programs.

Department specialisms

The MS I&I faculty is a collection of world-class scientists and educators representing broad expertise in many specialty areas of basic and clinical immunology, and of the infectious process demonstrated by microbial agents including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Surrounded by modern facilities and equipment, these investigators use cutting-edge techniques and research strategies to uncover relationships between our immune defenses and biological threats in our world. Furthermore, these same investigators are skilled educators, able to bring their knowledge to the classroom and to students training in their laboratories. Additionally, the majority of our faculty members maintain close relationships and collaborations with faculty members in other UTHSCSA basic science departments. Additionally, there are opportunities for collaborations with an exceptional group of physicians and clinical faculty. This guarantees that students in the MI&I program learn about the principles of immunology and infection, and have the opportunity for frequent interactions with the clinical community.

Information for international students

For applicants from countries where English is not the native language, a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 560 (paper test), 220 (computer test), or 68 (internet test) is expected.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

$5835 per year.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony