We developed our high-caliber program of research and research-based education in molecular medicine in order to: promote understanding and amelioration of the disease process, train students with high academic potential in the health sciences and serve the university and scientific community.

The Department of Microbiology accepts applications for the Fall semester only.

Applicants who seek admission to the Department of Microbiology must satisfy the following requirements:

  • two years of chemistry (General and Organic),
  • one year of physics, one year of mathematics (unspecified),
  • one year of biology and
  • one year of English.

Furthermore, the applicant is expected to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0. 

Admission Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in major course work is required. Each graduate department may have additional "special admission requirements" which are noted on this page.

  • Complete on-line application and signature page

  • A non-refundable $45 application fee (Waivers accepted for FAMU Feeder Program and McNair Scholars)

  • Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the Registrar’s Office from ALL colleges and universities attended

  • GRE Scores (Only official score reports are accepted within 5 years of the test date) www.gre.org

  • Statement of Academic and Research Interest

  • Autobiographical Sketch (Personal biography)

  • Resume

  • Three letters of recommendation

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above you must meet the following:

  • Official transcripts, certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, and must show proof of degree(s) earned, courses taken and marks/grades received. All transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/) or by a current NACES member (https://www.naces.org/members). All GRE score reports must be submitted to Howard University (school code: 5297).

  • TOEFL Scores (Minimum computer-based score of 213 is required and only official score reports are accepted within 2 years of the test date) www.toefl.org

Degree Requirements

Students admitted to the Department of Microbiology with the above credentials must complete at least 72 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of 44 hours of course work. The remaining hours must be spent on research related courses. Up to 24 credit hours from the master's degree from an accredited institution may be transferred to the Ph.D. program. Each student in consultation with the advisory committee and/or the thesis advisor, will arrange a program of study compatible with the student's interest with the intent to produce a well-trained microbiologist with expertise in both research and teaching.

The required courses are as follows: Microbiology 231-228,231-300,231-303 231-304, 231-305, 231-307, 231-413, 231-417, 231-418, and 600; Biochemistry 222-101 and 222-203; Biostatistics. In lieu of demonstration proficiency in a foreign language (not native language) students may substitute a computer science elective. Each student is required to obtain teaching experience. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination and oral defense of a dissertation are also required.


The College of Medicine and the Graduate School jointly offer an integrated program that leads to both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees without compromising the customary substance of each of these degrees individually. Additionally, the curricular emphasis offers the trainee the unique professional perspective of the clinician/scientist/scholar. It also develops a particular appreciation for the urgent and unsolved health problems that are present in the population served by the Howard University Hospital and its affiliated clinical programs.

Application Process

Graduate departments that currently invite applications for Ph.D. study in this program are: Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Genetics and Human Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics. The steps in the application process are as follows:

  • Complete all aspects of the application for medical school.
  • Submit a brief letter of interest in applying for the M.D. Ph.D. program to the program director.
  • The M.D./Ph.D. program committee will review the application to medical school. If a candidate meets the minimum eligibility criteria, he/she will receive a supplemental application for the combined program. * The program committee may invite a candidate for a visit to the campus for an interview.
  • Concurrent with the visit, a candidate will also be invited to apply to the graduate department of his/her choice through the Graduate School.

The application for the M.D./Ph.D. program should be returned to:

Kareem Washington, Ph.D.
Director M.D./Ph.D. Program
Howard University College of Medicine
520 W Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059

Kunle Kassim

Department Chair


Karl Thompson

Director of Graduate Studies


Derrika Durant

Administrative Coordinator