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Department of Infectious Diseases


The Department of Infectious Diseases offers graduate study leading to a PhD in infectious diseases. Applicants are accepted through the University of Georgia’s Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) program. The ILS program allows first-year graduate students to explore the research areas of more than 200+ faculty and 14 participating units before choosing a major professor and a departmental home at the end of the first semester of study. A hallmark of this competitive graduate program is its emphasis on existing and emerging interdisciplinary research areas.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or master's degree in any biological science from an accredited institution
    • International applicants: equivalent to American bachelor's degree requiring a minimum of four years of training
  • Applicants have demonstrated research experience
  • Veterinarians seeking a research career in infectious diseases highly encouraged to apply

Matriculation Term
Fall semester only
ILS Graduate School Code
UGA Education Testing Services Code

Application Process

Part 1: Apply to the Graduate School Requirements
1. Online Application
2. Pay application fee
3. Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education
4. Three letter of recommendation*
(Three individuals listed on page three of your online application will receive an email with a link to access a secure online recommendation submission page.)
*Transfer students can waive this requirement.
(International Students Only) 6. International Supplemental Requirements (See Graduate School website.)
Part 2: Apply to the Integrated Life Sciences Program 1. ILS Background Interest form
2. Personal Statement

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