Master of Science in Environmental Microbiology

Master of Science in Environmental Microbiology

(HEGIS 0411)

All applications for admission will be evaluated by the Graduate Faculty Admissions Committee.

All applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • Completed Application for Admission.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • The Graduate Record Examination General Test must be taken prior to making an application for admission to the Department of Biology. No subject test is required. As your performance on the GRE is one of several criteria used to estimate your potential to succeed in graduate school, no minimum score is required by the Department of Biology. If you are applying with a bachelor’s degree from Dowling College, you are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Personal statement (no longer than 500 words) discussing your reasons for pursuing this degree.

International Applicants

  • English Proficiency Exams
    • You are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If you are not proficient in English or are not able to take the TOEFL or IELTS, you may be granted conditional acceptance and be required to complete Dowling College’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program before being able to register for graduate or bridge courses.  These exams are not required if you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S.
    • For the TOEFL, the Department of Biology requires a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 80 (internet-based test).
    • For the IELTS, the Department of Biology requires a 6.5 minimum band score.
  • International Student Financial Certificate
    • A course-by-course evaluation of all academic credit earned from an institution outside of the United States is required. Dowling accepts evaluations from NACES approved providers such as WES and ECE.
    • Please contact The Office of International Student and Scholar Services for further details regarding required materials for the visa process. P: 631.244.5097, F: 631.244.1059,

Program of Study
The Master of Science in Environmental Microbiology degree program builds on the growing research activity in microbiology within Dowling’s Department of Biology. The program focuses on the effects of microorganisms on environmental pollutants, on plant and animal life, and on the recycling of nutrients in the environment. These effects, in turn, have important consequences on food production, control of pathogens and bioterrorism.

Demand at the regional, national and global levels for expertise in understanding the relationship of microorganisms to natural ecosystems is widely recognized to be of critical importance to government and industry. This program will prepare you to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving scientific discipline.  Combined with our promise of a personalized learning experience, the program will provide you with balanced theoretical and experimental hands-on training.  Our expert faculty will work side-by-side with you to provide an understanding of the importance of our natural environment.

Course Requirements

ENM 5001 Environmental Microbiology 3
ENM 5002 Environmental Microbiology Lab 2
ENM 6002 Research Seminar 2
ENM 6003 Environmental Biotechnology 3
ENM 6004 Microbial Genetics 3
ENM 6005 Microbial Genetics Laboratory 2
ENM 6006 Microbial Ecology 3
ENM 6010 Research Project 3
BIO 6001 Critical Evaluation of Scientific Literature 3
BIO 6601 Modern Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology 3
CHM 6601 Environmental Chemistry 3
NSM 6602 Scientific Methods and Experimental Design 3
NSM 6603 Ethics and Values in Science 3
Total Credits: 36