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Translational Microbiology

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

The Translational Microbiology M.S.H.S. program brings together the expertise in medical laboratory science and microbiology education in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to offer unique preparation for a career in the microbiological sciences. The program will prepare graduates for careers in clinical microbiology laboratories; supporting infectious disease research efforts in universities, academic health centers, biotechnology firms and pharmaceutical companies; public policy and non-governmental organizations; and positions involving prevention, control and eradication of infectious diseases both globally and within the United States. The program will also provide eligibility for graduates to take a national microbiology certification examination. The curriculum has been designed so that students can complete the entire program in two academic years and offers the flexibility of allowing students to enroll either on a full-time or part-time status. Completion of the online courses in the first year will be followed by on-campus courses in the microbiological sciences and an applied internship.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall - July 15
Spring - November 1
Summer - April 15

The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.

Standardized Test Scores:

Not required

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior Academic Records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided in addition to the original transcripts; translations alone will not be accepted.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here

Statement of Purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, describe your reasons for undertaking study in the Health Sciences at the George Washington University. You should state your academic objectives, career plans, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Degree and GPA Requirements:

Prerequisite courses: chemistry – 16 credits (including biochemistry or organic), biology – 16 credits (including microbiology), and college algebra or higher – 3 credits.

International Applicants:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, 250 on computer-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting Documents not Submitted Online should be Mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for Questions:
hsphora@gwu.edu ~  (202) 994-8528
202-994-0870 (fax)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday