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Virology programs teach people how viruses live as parasites in cells and cause diseases.

Virology programs teach people about various types of viruses. Students study viruses' roles in diseases and their genetics. They learn how to apply the knowledge to topics such as cancer biology.

Virology programs include topics such as:


Few universities offer graduate degrees in virology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

See schools that offer this program.

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

In addition, some programs require you to have taken courses in genetics and microbiology.

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

This graduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically also include:

Things to Know

Many virology programs are in molecular biology or immunology departments.

In many cases schools offer combined MD/PhD programs. This means you become a medical doctor as well as a research scientist.

Most people with a degree in virology become professional scientists or professors.

As a virologist, you can work for private labs, drug companies, university labs, or medical and graduate schools. You can also work for government health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control.


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