Prospective Students

Admissions Requirements

Applicants with a B.A. or B.S. degree, typically in the biological sciences with interest in scientific research from accredited institutions, may apply immediately after receiving the Baccalaureate degree. The minimal qualifications for admissions are:

  1. Satisfactory record of scholarship (minimum GPA of 3.0)
  2. Evidence of significant intellectual potential (GRE scores in Verbal and Quantitative)
  3. Demonstrated competence in English

The following subjects are normally required as undergraduate preparation for all candidates. Deficiencies must be made up early during the graduate program. There is no requirement for a foreign language.

Mathematics: Calculus; one course in probability or statistics.
  • Physics: General physics.
  • Chemistry and biochemistry: Inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry; biochemistry; and associated laboratories.
  • Biology: General biology lecture and laboratory; genetics; and a basic course in molecular biology.
  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Biology, integrative biology, microbiology, biological sciences, biology and communications
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but relevant work experience related to infectious diseases, e.g. laboratory or surveillance work, would be considered a plus. Most of the admitted applicants have some lab and research experience.


For complete application instructions, please visit the
School of Public Health website:

Infectious Diseases and Immunity PhD program at a glance IDI flyer


Members of the admission committee, comprised of IDI faculty and students group representative, read the applicant files carefully based on academic achievements, GRE score, letters of recommendations, statement of purpose, your academic and career goals, research interest, potential of success in the program. They then select and invite the most competitive and promising applicants for campus interviews in February. Final admission recommendations, based on the ranking of the applicant on their interview performance, academic preparation, letters of recommendation and overall promise and fitting into the goals of the program, are forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate Division for final approval.


Information on our program is posted on this website, the School of Public Health website and on the Infectious Disease and Vaccinology division Frequently Asked Questions page. After reviewing the information, please contact us at if you still have questions.

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