American University of Beirut

 MS Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology offers under the umbrella of the Gradu​ate Studies in Biomedical Sciences a Master of Science in the discipline of Microbiology and Immunology.

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Admission requirements

An undergraduate average of at least 80 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) in the major field of study and a cumulative average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent) for all work done at the undergraduate level leading to a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent are required for admission as a regular student. An undergraduate average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent from other institutions of higher learning) in the major field of study and a cumulative average of at least 75 percent (or standardized equivalent) may qualify for admission on probation. Applicants may also be obliged to fulfill the English language proficiency requirement. Further information on the general requirements for the admission to the MS program are described on Page 43 of the Graduate Catalogue.​​


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Program requirements​

Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits of graduate course work with a minimum general average of 80. In addition, all students must pass a comprehensive examination and complete a thesis project equivalent to 9 credits. The following table summarizes the requirements for the MS in Microbiology and Immunology: ​


1st semester (9 credits)

CoursesCodes Credits
Protein BiochemistryBIOC 322 1
Nucleic Acids and Basic GeneticsBIOC 321 1
Receptors and Signal TransductionBIOC 3252
Cell and Tissue BiologyHUMR 3053

​2nd semester (12 credits)

ImmunologyMBIM 3103
Bacteriology MBIM 3113
Parasitology/MycologyMBIM 312 2
VirologyMBIM 313 2

Fruit Flies: Experimental Model    


MBIM 3181

Natural Products as Anti-Infective  


MBIM 3191
Journal Club
MBIM 3940

ThesisMBIM 3999

The thesis must be presented and defended to the satisfaction of the examining committee. The thesis project is conducted in the fields relevant to Microbiology and Immunology depending on the thesis project advisor and the laboratory selected by the student. The various sub-disciplines in which the thesis project can be conducted at the Department include immunology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, molecular microbiology, cancer, Drosophila-associated research, etc. Further information on the laboratories, research interests and projects of the faculty members of the Department is available via the following link.​​

​Useful Links​

Further information pertaining to various MS student categories under the Graduate Studies in Biomedical Sciences program are available on Page 496 of the Graduate Catalogue accessible via the following link.​

Information about the graduate courses offered by the Department are available on Page 531​ of the Graduate Catalogue via the following link.​​

The Graduate Studies in Biomedical Sciences portal can be accessed via the following link

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