There are several mechanisms a student can use to pursue
graduate work in our group. Regardless of the pathway,
contact Dr. Criscitiello early to discuss possible
projects and funding. Also inquire with the particular
program for the formal application process. Competitive
thesis and dissertation applicants need a 310/4.5 on the GRE,
strong science background with >3.4 in science classes, research
experience and an interest in molecular immunology, comparative
immunogenetics and bioinformatics. If you think you can improve
your GRE score to 320 or above you should do so... it will make
many things easier.
Mike is in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology but has
a joint appointment in the department of Microbial Pathogenesis and
Immunology, so a Ph.D. can be pursued through the
Medical Sciences graduate program of the Texas A&M Health
Science Center's College of Medicine.
The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences confers both thesis M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees in Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Criscitiello is a member of the interdisciplinary Ph.D.
degree-granting Faculty of
The Professional Program in
Biotechnology hones bench prowess with business accumen, and a
non-thesis M.S. can be taken with lab work in our group.
And, Mike is in the Interdisciplinary
Faculty of Toxicology, through which a Ph.D. may
also be pursued.
We are excited that the Texas A&M Interdisciplinary Program in Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology now confers degrees.
Lastly, students wishing to work towards a degree while taking
rigorous post-bac course work with the goal of further professional
or graduate school matriculation can pursue a non-thesis
M.S. in the Biomedical Sciences program.
Dr. Criscitiello currently serves on too many thesis committees,
and is considering new ones only if his lab is closely
collaborating on the project. Do not consider him for your
committee if there is any doubt about your ability to publish well
(at least one first author for MS and two for PhD) before