Frequently Asked Questions

1. Your website only has an application deadline for Summer admissions. Do you accept students in the Fall or Spring semesters, and if so, what is the deadline for applications?

Unfortunately, no: as the GID Ph.D. program aligns with our Biomedical Ph.D. admissions guidelines, we are only able to enroll students during the Summer term, and as such, the application deadline is December 1st.

2. What is the start date for the Summer 2014 term?

The Summer 2014 term for the program begins on Tuesday, July 1st.

3. When are applicants usually notified of admissions decisions?

Applicants are usually notified of acceptance in the February/March timeframe.

4. How many applicants do you usually accept per year?

Typically, we have accepted approx. 4-5 students per year into the GID Ph.D. program.

5. What is the average timeframe for completion of the program?

We expect that the program will take an average of approximately five (5) years to complete, although the time will vary depending primarily on the progress of a student’s research.

6. What kinds of job opportunities are usually available to graduating students?

The program is beginning its 5th year and is likely to produce its first graduates soon. Thus, at this time, we are only able to speculate on the types of positions and careers graduates will eventually pursue. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program and the broad range of backgrounds and research activities of the students currently in the program, graduates will be highly qualified for a wide range of employment opportunities, ranging from post-doctoral research fellowships to both laboratory-based and administrative/programmatic positions in industry and government as well as NGO work related to global health.

7. Does the Global Infectious Diseases program offer a Master's degree?

At this time, the only degree offered under the GID program is the Ph.D. For information on other programs and departments that offer Master's degrees, please refer to the main website for the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

8. Are there any specific undergraduate degree requirements or pre-requisite classes?

While there are no specific requirements for either particular undergraduate degrees/majors or courses, all students must have had undergraduate coursework in biology at the bare minimum, as the GID degree requirements include a significant amount of microbiology and immunology. Additional coursework in biochemistry, genetics, and/or microbiology is also highly recommended.

9. What types of students are typically accepted into the program? Are applicants coming straight from undergraduate work, or do they have previous work experience and/or Master's degrees?

At this time, we do not have any summary data on our incoming students’ background prior to entering the program, but our applicant pool is generally mixed: some students come directly from undergraduate work, some come with advanced degrees, and some with previous work experience. However, none of these factors independently affects an applicant’s chances of admission. What is most important is how motivated the student is and how well s/he did in whatever type of activity they were involved in.

10. What is the average GRE score of students accepted into the program?

The GRE scores are only one part of the overall application material assessed when applicants are considered; we do not provide this information.

11. What is the ETS code for sending GRE scores?

The ETS code for sending GRE scores to Georgetown University is 5244.

12. What if I did not take my GRE General Test recently? Can I still submit these scores as part of my application?

GRE test scores are valid up to five (5) years after the date on which the test was taken. If your scores are more than five (5) years old, the test will need to be re-taken.

13.  Is it possible to submit scores from another test (i.e. MCAT) in lieu of the GRE General Test?

No, the GRE General Test is a required part of the Global Infectious Diseases Ph.D. program application.

14. What if I do not believe my GRE and/or TOEFL scores will be sent to Georgetown University before the application deadline?

Please be advised that while GRE and/or TOEFL score reports may in fact be received after the application deadline, the test(s) must have been taken before this date, which is December 1st.

15. Although I submitted my application by the required deadline date, the system is still showing my application as being “incomplete.” Will my application still be considered?

It is important for you to ensure that you submit your application by the required deadline date. However, sometimes supporting documents to your application (i.e. transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) that are sent from third-party sources separately may arrive to the Graduate School Office of Admissions at different times, or may arrive as a hard copy rather than electronically. As the Graduate School Office of Admissions receives a very high volume of applications (often all at once), it may take up to two (2) weeks after the submission deadline date for them to process all application credentials and input them into the system. If, after these two weeks have passed, you notice that your application is still reading as “incomplete,” please contact the Graduate School Office of Admissions directly, and they will do their best to assist you in resolving the situation.

Please be advised that all inquiries directly related to the receipt and processing of application materials must be directed to the Graduate School Office of Admissions, as the Global Infectious Diseases office does not directly accept or process any of these documents.

16. Do you award any credit for coursework taken previously at other institutions?

Course credit has been awarded in the past for courses taken at other institutions. While each student’s situation is reviewed and considered separately, credit is usually only awarded if the course aligns well with the syllabus of one of the courses within the GID program and if the student has received a satisfactory grade (B or better).

17. Is it possible to complete the program as a part-time student?

Generally, the Ph.D. program is one that is full-time only. However, it may be possible under unusual or extenuating circumstances to consider exceptions.