Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions FAQ

What are the Application deadlines and can I still apply after the date has passed?

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Admissions: May 15
  • Spring Admissions: November 1*
  • Summer (PhD only) Admissions: December 1

While we highly encourage applications to be submitted on or before the deadlines above, applications from domestic applicants may possibly be submitted after the deadline for review on a rolling, space-available basis if the applicant received approval to submit it late. International students will have to adhere to the deadlines due to visa and travel regulations. For more information on admissions, please take a look at our Admissions page. 

*The spring semester is only applicable to M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases and M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy programs. The M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology program does not accept applications for the spring semester.

How do I fill out an application form?

Students are required to submit their applications online via Georgetown University's Admissions Portal. More information can be found in the Apply Now section of the Admissions page.

What are the required supplemental documents needed?

In addition to the online application, applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from ALL academic institutions attended, resume, and statement of purpose. Please look under the specific program you wish to apply to and see if they require official GRE scores. TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required for international students. Please look at our Admissions page for more information. 

What are the admissions requirements for applying to any of the programs?

The Department of Microbiology typically requires that applicants take the GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (if international), and possess a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Specific Admissions requirements vary by program. Please check the individual program pages for more information:

When will my application be reviewed for consideration?

M.S. Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis. However, only completed applications with all the required official documents will be considered for review. Students must verify and submit ALL application requirements including any supplemental materials (recommendation forms, transcripts and test scores). Please continue to check Admissions Portal for any outstanding requirements before contacting our office. Once your M.S. application is deemed completed, please give our admissions committee approximately two to four weeks to review and make an addmission decision.

Ph.D. Applications are due on December 1st of each year, and will all be reviewed throughout January. Please be sure to have all of your official documents submitted to us for review by mid-December. If your application is not complete with these documents, it will not be reviewed. Applicants will typically hear back around late January to mid-February, and will typically be a denied decision or an invite to an interview on-campus. No applicant will be accepted without an interview. 

Are scholarship and assistantship opportunities available?

Information about scholarships can be found here. The department of Microbiology and Immunology does not currently offer any Assistantship opportunities to M.S. students.

Is the Ph.D. program funded?

Ph.D. students are typically funded by a stipend and a full tuition scholarship.  For more information, please refer to the Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology page.  

For Newly Accepted Students FAQ

I've been accepted! Now what?

Congratulations! Newly accepted students should refer to their decision letters for more information. A few things to keep in mind are:

  1. Respond to your decision and submit your deposit by the deadline date outlined in the letter.
  2. Set up your Georgetown University email (Net ID) and password via the information provided.
  3. If your letter states that you were awarded merit based aid, you must sign and submit your letter to Student Services at the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education.

Be sure to look at our Current Students page for more information on orientations and events as well! Please also be sure to read our "How to Get Started" PDF Package for more information. 

How do I set up my Net ID and password?

The initial information is located in your offer of admission.

NetIDs are generated automatically after you submit your deposit. If you do not remember your NetID, you can search for yourself here. If you have already set your Georgetown password, that password remains the same. If you have not, your temporary password is "gu" followed by the last six digits of your University ID number. For example, if your university ID is 123456789, your temporary password is: gu456789 (this is case sensitive). For security reasons, you are encouraged to log-in and create a permanent password as soon as possible. To initiate this process, go to the University NetID Services website and select "Set/Change your password." Be sure to protect your NetID password as you would all other confidential information.

If you have questions regarding your NetID or password, contact the University Services Student Help Desk at 202-687-4577 or

How do I find out more about housing opportunities?

Georgetown does not offer housing for graduate students. However, there are several resources that graduate students can take advantage of to secure housing. Georgetown University’s Office of International Programs has a guide to housing for domestic and international students with instructions and a list of listing and search resources on how to find housing. Students are also free to use the Off Campus Housing Listing Service (Net ID and Password required). A great resource to start with would also be the Georgetown's Off-Campus Housing Service.

What is the cost of Tuition?

Our tuition may change annually. Tuition information can be found by visiting our Tuition page. 

How do I learn more about Financial Aid opportunities?

You may visit our Financial Aid page for more information. For an overview of financial aid options, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), visit Feel free to also look here for more information about Financial Aid from the Graduate School. 

How do I learn more about Health Insurance and Immunization forms?

Most full-time students are eligible and mandated to enroll in the most comprehensive student injury and sickness plan offered by Georgetown University unless they demonstrate they have other adequate health insurance coverage. To make a health insurance election or waive the insurance policy provided through the university, visit The Student Health Center here.

If you are a new enrolling student and are under the age of 26 at the time of registration, you are required by District of Columbia law to provide documentation of vaccination or immunity from Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella. Print and have your personal physician complete the Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Certificate form prior to registration: The completed form can be sent to:

Student Health Center - Georgetown University
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Ground Floor, Darnall Hall
Washington, D.C. 20007

You may also email them at

Is there an orientation?  If so, when is it?

For information regarding orientation, please visit our Current Students page to see our Orientation information. All incoming students must attend both the Biomedical Graduate Education Orientation and our Department Orientation.

Iv'e been accepted to my program but have chosen to defer to a later semester. What do I have to do?

To initiate the deferal process, please fill out the deferral request form on the Graduate School website. Please note that your submission is only a request. Upon completion of this form, your program will review your request for deferral and will decide whether to grant an official deferral. After a decision is made, you will receive an e-mail notification at the address you provide that a deferral decision has been made. No other forms or information are required for your deferral request. If you have additional questions, please send a separate e-mail to

Registration FAQ

How do I register for courses?

Course registration requires access to the MyAccess portal.  In order to login, you will need your NetID and password (see How do I set up my Net ID and password?)  More information about MyAccess and registering for courses can be found our How to Register page or on the University Registrar’s page.  

When can I start registering for courses?

Students can typically start registering for the Fall semesters sometime in June, and sometime in November for the Spring semester. For more specific dates, please take a look at the University Registrar's page.

Should I get approval from my program’s director?

We strongly encourage that you contact your program’s director and program coordinator to ensure that you’ve registered for the correct courses.  Please refer to your program’s page in order to find more information about the director and coordinator's contact information.  

For International Students FAQ

I am a prospective international student. Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Yes.  All international students whose previous coursework was not instructed in English will be required to take the TOEFL or the IELTS. You will also be required to submit a WES Evaluation to translate your official transcripts. Please look at our Admissions page for more information.

I am a newly admitted international student. What are the steps I will need to take now

All newly admitted international students should contact and update their information with the Office of Global Services (OGS).  Their International Graduate Orientation (IGO) schedule provides essential information about mandatory orientation for international students. Please be sure to look here for more information on how to prepare as you matriculate into our program.