Graduate students enter the department through the following graduate programs. Additional information is available on the web sites for each program:
- Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP)
For the DGP PhD program, students conduct three research rotations and then select a thesis laboratory. In addition to the standard PhD program, specialized tracks are available to obtain a dual degree with a Masters of Public Health (PhD/MPH) or to focus on biomedical informatics. Trainers include faculty in the Department of Microbiology-Immunology as well as immunology and microbial sciences faculty at Feinberg Medical School.
- Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN)
The NUIN program provides PhD training that focuses on neuroscience. Students from NUIN that select thesis labs in Microbiology-Immunology typically conduct research in neuroimmunology or neurovirology.
- Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Physician-scientist (MD/PhD) training is conducted through Northwestern's MSTP program, with a number of MSTP students selecting department laboratories for their PhD research.