All applicants must have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in any biological science from an accredited institution. An important consideration in the evaluation process is that applicants have demonstrated research experience. In addition, the Department of Infectious Diseases is actively recruiting veterinarians who would like to pursue a research career in infectious diseases. Eligible foreign students must have a degree equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree requiring a minimum of four years of training or they may additionally have a master’s degree. The Graduate School reviews foreign transcripts for eligibility into graduate programs at the University of Georgia.
Application to the Doctoral Program
The Department of Infectious Diseases accepts applications through the University of Georgia’s Integrated Life Sciences program (ILS). The ILS program allows first-year graduate students to explore the research areas of more than 150 faculty and 10 participating units, then choose a major professor and a departmental home at the end of the first semester. A hallmark of this competitive graduate program is its emphasis on existing and emerging interdisciplinary research areas. We currently accept students for the fall semester only. There are two parts to the application process. You will need to start by applying to the UGA Graduate School, then complete your application to the ILS program.
The current ILS application deadline is December 15th for matriculation the following Fall term.
I. Initiate the application process at the Graduate school. This process begins by creating an account on the Graduate School website. In addition, the Graduate School requires:
- Completed application form. Select 0052 (Integrated Life Sciences) as the major code in the application process.
- Payment of an application fee.
- Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
- Official GRE scores with correct UGA code (UGA code is 5813). There is no requirement for a subject GRE.
- The names of three referees in the fields on page three of the application along with their e-mail addresses. You should request letters from people who can speak to your academic accomplishments and your readiness to undertake graduate study. Each of the references named will receive a link to access a secure page where their recommendation can be submitted online.
- International applicants will also need TOEFL scores and additional requirements that can be found on the Grad School International Supplements page.
II. Apply to the Integrated Life Sciences program.
To complete the application, you will need to fill out a Background and Interest form and submit it to the ILS Graduate Coordinator. Click here for complete information on the iLS application process.
Application to the Master’s Program
To apply for the MS program in Infectious Diseases, applicants should follow the steps indicated above for doctoral students, except that the UGA code for the MS degree is 872.
A supplemental application is necessary for the applicants to the masters program in infectious diseases. The MS program is a College-wide masters in veterinary and biomedical sciences. You can obtain the supplemental application from the MS-VBS website. Applicants must indicate Infectious Diseases as the first choice in “Areas of Interest” to ensure that the application will be directed to the Department of Infectious Diseases.
If you have any questions about opportunities in our graduate program, please feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. David Peterson, or the Assistant Graduate Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Leyting.