How to Apply

The programs within the Department of Microbiology require an online application to be completed to the Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal. Application elements, including letters of recommendation, are required to be submitted through the online application system. Only transcripts and test scores should be submitted independently by the applicant's previous academic institution(s) and testing agency. Transcripts should be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions Office.

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts
Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions Office
SE 108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Rd. NW Washington D.C. 20057-1411

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose

    This 500-word (max) academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and your fit with the biomedical graduate program you are applying to. 

  • Three recommendations
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • Official Transcript(s)
    • WES evaluation of international transcripts required
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though 3.5 or higher is preferred
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or MCAT (if applicable to program)
    Georgetown University Code: 5244
    • The MS and PhD in Microbiology & Immunology require a GRE score. MCAT scores may be used in place of the GRE score for the MS and Ph.D. programs in Microbiology & Immunology. 
    • GRE General Test scores of 300 combined or higher (GRE revised General Test - tests taken on or after August 1, 2011) and 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section are preferred. 
    • The GRE should not be taken later than one month prior to the application deadline of May 15th, and we need to receive the scores directly from the appropriate testing organization.
    • The MS in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy and MS and Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases do not require a GRE or MCAT score.
  • TOEFL / IELTS (if applicable)
    Georgetown University Code: 5244
    IELTS is paper-based only

    The minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper-based test) unless otherwise specified by the program. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0 (paper-based test only).

    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).

  • Interview with InitialView recommended for international applicant

If you have any questions regarding the Georgetown University application, please email the BGE office at or visit the Biomedical Graduate Education website. For questions regarding the program, contact Judie Kuo, Academic Program Coordinator, at

Visit the BGE's Tuition and Fees page and PhD Financial Support page for more information about tuition and financial assistance.

Visit the program websites for program information.
Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Infectious Diseases (Online)
MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Infectious Diseases
MS in Biomedical Policy & Advocacy
MS in Microbiology & Immunology
PhD in Microbiology & Immunology