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About the Programs

The Master of Science in Microbiology & Immunology is a flexible program of study designed to help students achieve their individual educational goals and career objectives. The proximity of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology to the National Institutes of Health and other organizations provide our students a unique learning environment with rarely available insights into the national response to the emerging problems of infectious diseases. A broad range of course offerings from within the department and University allows the students to gain or enhance their background in microbiology, immunology, and various aspects of modern molecular genetics. Laboratory experience in specialized techniques is also available. The program is intended to enhance career advancement in teaching and industry or prepare a student for a career in research. Graduates of our program will be prepared to work in establishments that have a direct impact on infectious diseases in the United States and abroad.

Through the PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, students will learn the dynamics of the host/parasite relationship, including the host defense systems, and the relationship of microorganisms to diseases. Upon graduation, students will have a firm foundation in methods, tools, and techniques for a career in research as well as mentorship from Georgetown University faculty whom are leading experts in the field. Our PhD program is customized to the student’s interests. Upon entering the program, students will meet with their advisors to plan their coursework and select laboratories for research rotations.

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Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
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Admissions Requirements

For general graduate admissions requirements, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page. Review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Optional: Statement on Diversity, Personal Background & Contributions
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s Application Information page for additional details and FAQs.
  • WES evaluation – strongly encouraged for M.S. applicants, required for Ph.D. applicants (if applicable)
  • Resume/CV
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (if applicable)
    • TOEFL = 80 minimum
    • IELTS = 7.0 minimum
  • InitialView (strongly recommended for international Ph.D. applicants)
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Application Deadlines

M.S. Program
  • Fall: July 1
Ph.D. Program
  • Summer: December 1
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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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