How to Apply | PhD in Microbiology & Immunology

The PhD Program in Microbiology & Immunology requires an online application to be submitted to Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal.

Application Requirements

Application elements, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through the online application system. Transcripts and test scores should be submitted independently by the applicant’s previous academic institution(s) and testing agency. 

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent*
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • GRE or MCAT Required
    Georgetown Univ. Code: 5244
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable)
    Georgetown Univ. Code: 5244

Application Timeline

  • December 1st*: Application Deadline for Summer Admission
  • July 1st: Program Starts

*Please contact the program director if you wish to submit an application after the deadline. Late applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.

*We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES. Please select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as recipient.

GU/NIH Partnership

The PhD Program in Microbiology & Immunology participates in the GU/NIH partnership program. If interested, please apply directly to NIH for this partnership.

GU/NIH Partnership

Financial Support

View full tuition coverage, competitive stipend support, and health insurance benefits.

PhD Funding

Admissions FAQ

Go to the Admissions FAQ page for additional admission and application information.

Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

Unofficial transcripts are required from every institution you have earned credits and grades, including both degree and non-degree coursework. This allows the admissions committee to have a more complete picture of your academic preparation for graduate study.

Do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission.

An acceptable transcript upload is a copy of an official transcript produced by the institution. This includes:

  • Scanned copies of paper transcripts issued by the institution
  • Electronic transcripts issued by the institution (not a download from your institution’s web portal)

An unofficial transcript we do not accept includes the following:

  • We do not accept screenshots or photos
  • We do not accept downloads of the “student’s view” from your institution’s website

NOTE: Applicants who are offered admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling. 

For transcripts not in English: These documents must be accompanied by an English language version provided by the academic institution. If your institution does not provide English language copies, applicants are responsible for providing a certified or notarized translation along with a copy of the original transcripts. Applicants may upload an evaluation from a credential evaluation service. This must include course and grade information. If not included in the evaluation, the transcript from the institution must be included as well. Both the evaluation and original transcript should be submitted in the application as one document.

For additional questions, please visit Admissions FAQ.

Georgetown University Code is 5244. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper test). The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.

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).