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The Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers several advanced degrees that prepare students for careers in research, teaching, government and business. These include a Ph.D. and a Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology, a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy as well as a Master of Science degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Doctoral students can specialize in various areas of contemporary biomedical microbiology and immunology. The research activities of the faculty span a broad spectrum of sub-disciplines and utilize cellular, biochemical and molecular approaches to study current problems in microbiology and immunology.

The master's programs are designed to provide students with a broad background in microbiology and immunology, and at the same time allow for increasing specialization in sub-disciplines in preparation for a career in research and teaching.

The doctoral program of study in microbiology and immunology includes core courses in microbiology, biochemistry, immunology and advanced techniques in microbiology and immunology. Graduate level specialty courses fulfill the remainder of the credit requirements.

For students entering with advanced degrees, the program is modified in accordance with their previous background, training and interests. A maximum of 6 credits of prior appropriate graduate work may be transferred into the program.

Degrees Offered

  • Ph.D
  • Ph.D./M.D.
  • M.S.

Application Deadlines

M.S. Program

Fall 2018

May 15, 2018

Ph.D. Program

Summer 2018

December 1, 2017

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.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • Official Transcripts (a WES evaluation is required for international applicants)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • Official Score Report for the GRE General Test
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS Required for Non-Native English Speakers

The 500-word academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the biomedical 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 suggested, but not required; score of 650 or higher preferred
  • Previous research experience
  • 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:

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

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all Ph.D. applicants; Master's applicants to the M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology are required to take the test.  Applicants to the M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases program and to the M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy are NOT required to take the 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

Degree Requirements

Master's programs
  • All master's degrees require satisfactory completion of 30 credit hours of course work.
  • The choice of courses within this program can be customized, with approval of the academic advisor, to accommodate a student’s background and training.
  • A final GPA of 3.00 or above is required for graduation.
Ph.D. program
  • A minimum of 34 credit hours is required for the Ph.D.
  • For students entering with advanced degrees, the program can be modified in accordance with their previous background, training and interests.
  • Successful completion of a two-part (written and oral) comprehensive examination, ordinarily given between the third and fourth semester of the student's residence as well as preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research conducted by the student.
  • All Ph.D. students must participate in its research seminar and present results of their work on a regular basis to the microbiology and immunology research group.

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