The Global Infectious Diseases program
is not currently accepting applications.



Global infectious diseases can be defined in different ways. In general, all definitions list important new and “re-emerging” infectious diseases that were once unknown or thought to be waning, along with recognition that drug resistance, hygiene, economic and environmental factors have promoted both re-emergence and horrendously increased mortality.

Regardless of the specific definitions or catch phrases that are used, there is rapidly growing worldwide recognition that science and astute public policy based on historical experience, international law and ethics must intersect more effectively if we are to find solutions to the myriad problems caused by these diseases.

Better integrating emerging infectious disease science concepts into political and social problem solving is a serious challenge that must be met. Of equal importance is the growing appreciation that infectious disease scientists must become more “policy literate” if they are to contribute more effectively.

At Georgetown, in our laboratories, seminar rooms and faculty offices, such things are already a natural consequence of our excellence in all relevant scholarly categories, our collegiality, our idealism and sense of mission as well as the enviable physical proximity of the relevant departments and campuses.

In addition, the plethora of unique internships and collaborations with government, foundation and professional society offices in the D.C. area further strengthen our ability to connect science and policy applications to classroom theory and scholarship.

If our generation does not meet the challenge of global infectious disease head on, the world will fall into shadow. To meet this challenge effectively requires professionals with the requisite interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Our global community desperately needs additional creative interdisciplinary training that is currently in short supply. As a leading global university in one of the great capitals of the world, Georgetown has both an obligation and a uniquely potent opportunity to develop and support additional such training at all levels.

Degrees Offered

  • Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

The program is currently NOT ACCEPTING applications.

Application Requirements

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


 Please review the program website for additional information on program admissions requirements.

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 GRE General Test (see below for Subject Test 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 Global Infectious Disease graduate program.

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 scores of 1300 (combined) or higher for the Verbal and Quantitative sections, and 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section, are preferred.
  • GRE Subject Test (Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology) is recommended.
  • MCAT scores are an acceptable substitute for the GRE score report.
  • Previous research experience is not required.

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

          Office of Graduate Admissions
          Attn: Credentials - (Global Infectious Diseases)
          Box 571004
          3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
          Washington, DC 20057-1004  


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. 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:


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) 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Georgetown University's TOEFL score reporting code is 5244. TOEFL information: 

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Additional Information

Students are selected based on undergraduate record, performance on the General Test of the GRE, a personal statement, recommendations, and, when possible, interviews with members of the department.

Degree Requirements

  • Thirty-six credit hours
  • An internship
  • A research thesis
  • It is expected that the student will be able to complete the program within 5 years.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the department website.