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The events of September 11 raised the world’s awareness of weapons of mass destruction and emerging infectious diseases. The threat of smallpox and anthrax attacks as well as previous SARS and monkey pox outbreaks have underscored the need for the development of new educational initiatives involving biological and chemical threat agents in addition to emerging infectious diseases.

In an effort to respond to this need, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers a M.S. degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases, which aims to broaden the student’s knowledge about prevention, detection and response to chemical, biological and radiological threat agents as well as emerging infectious diseases.  Additionally, the Department offers a Certificate program (see bottom of the page).

Beyond the issue of first response to events of biological terrorism, the program addresses the knowledge gap in the science of biohazardous agents and infectious diseases facing the world community. Global communication and transportation systems have evolved to a point where diseases and communicable afflictions can now rarely be isolated within their initial or natural epicenter. The first responders to this emergency are the educational institutions capable of producing graduates with knowledge of the science behind such threats and the methods of their detection and prevention.

Note:  An M.S. degree program is offered as well as a non-degree Certificate program.  The following information is for the M.S. degree program.  Information about the Certificate program is located at the bottom of this page.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • M.S./M.D.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019

November 1, 2018

Fall 2019

May 15, 2019

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate Education pages at http://biomedicalprograms.georgetown.edu/admissions.

General Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though 3.5 or higher is preferred
  • GRE General Test is recommended but not required
  • GRE Subject Test (Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology) is not required
  • MCAT scores are an acceptable substitute for the GRE score report 
  • Previous research experience is not required 
  • Publications (preferred)

Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though 3.5 or higher is preferred.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Official transcripts are required from all institutions from which the applicant has or will have earned a degree (undergraduate, graduate, and/or associates) by the time of matriculation at Georgetown. Unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application.

Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education
Attn: Credentials - (Biohaz Threats)
Box 571411-M
SE108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, DC  20057-1411

Degree Requirements

  • Thirty credit hours
  • For more information, please view the department’s brochure 

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are recommended but are not required. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores.  Georgetown University's GRE score reporting code is 5244. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:   http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). 

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is B191. TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org 

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official Recommendations
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)

The 500-word academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the biomedical graduate program.

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The graduate certificate program focuses on the science behind and impact of biothreat agents and emerging diseases. More specifically, the curriculum will include:

  • Microbiological features and immunological implications of such entities as Avian Influenza and anthrax as well as what they are and how they function.
  • Scientific implications of biohazardous agents and disease bio/radiological safety.
  • The contribution of science to detection, prevention and management of biohazardous threat agents and emerging infectious diseases such as biosurveillance, threat analysis and biodefense.

The program is offered in its entirety online and full time or part time study is available. Admitted students work towards a graduate certificate and course content is as rigorous as that of on-site graduate classes. Courses are taught by nationally renowned faculty of the resident M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Diseases program. Admitted students enjoy online access to Georgetown library resources and regular communication with their professors and other students.

For more general information, please visit the program website.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Application Deadlines

Spring 2018

November 1, 2017

Fall 2018

May 15, 2018

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate Education page.

In addition to the application form, prospective certificate students should submit the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (see below)
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (required for all non-native English speakers, see below)

Statement of Purpose:  The 500-word academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with this unique certificate program.

Choose your certificate program on the online application from under the Department “Certificate Programs” 

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address: 

     Office of Biomedical Graduate Education
     Georgetown University
     Attn: Credentials – Biohaz Online Certificate Program
     Box 571411    (Med-Dent, NE118)
     3900 Reservoir Road, N.W. 
     Washington, DC 20057-1411   

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS AND PREREQUISITES

Students are selected based on undergraduate record, performance on any standardized test, their personal statement, recommendations, and, when necessary, interviews with members of the department. The following subjects are strongly recommended for acceptance into the program: biology, organic chemistry, genetics, physics, physical chemistry, and quantitative analysis.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test.  Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications to Certificate Programs will not be considered without valid GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test)  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org

Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate is composed of four core online courses, which add up to a total of 12 graduate credit hours. All courses are required, and there are no electives. These courses have been carefully adapted for the online environment after being taught for several years on campus as part of the standard curriculum in our M.S. degree program in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Completion of the certificate program requires successful completion of all required courses with a GPA of at least 3.00.