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Fundamental Concepts in Infectious Disease How to Apply

Applications for fall are opening soon. To be notified, please email Fred Krebs, PhD at

Online applications are accepted all year round to be considered for fall entry into the program. Students may defer admission by one year. All admission decisions are made at the College of Medicine. A decision to accept you into the program will be made based on the sum of your prior coursework, cumulative GPA, standardized test scores (if provided), letters of recommendation and relevant research or professional experiences. For questions about how to apply to the program, please contact an enrollment counselor at

For information regarding financial aid, please visit Drexel Central. Tuition information for the Fundamental Concepts in Infectious Disease program is available on the Drexel Central website.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Fundamental Concepts in Infectious Disease:

  • Deadline for Fall 2023: August 1, 2023

How to Submit an Application

  • Submit your application online. There's no fee and it takes only 10 minutes.
  • Submit your application materials. Most programs use rolling admissions, so the sooner you complete your file the sooner your application will be reviewed. Favorable application reviews will be followed by an interview with the program director (or a program representative).
  • In 2-3 days you'll receive login information for the Discover Drexel Portal where you can track the status of your application materials.
  • Apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible to ensure funds are available prior to the start of the term.

For more information, please visit Drexel Online Application Process.

Please note, certain visa types do not permit individuals to enroll in online programs. Foreign applicants should check with their visa sponsors for eligibility. Drexel University cannot sponsor F-1 or J-1 visas for individuals interested in online, hybrid or part-time programs.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, immunology or a related field (no marine biology, botany or environmental science degrees). Previous coursework in the areas of cell biology and/or molecular biology or equivalent knowledge (as determined by the program director when students apply) is required. Applicants must also have strong academic writing and reading skills.

Required Components of a Completed Application

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission. For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.


Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. (See checklist)

An evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is required for transcripts from institutions outside the United States.


Please submit a one-page essay explaining past successes, why the certificate is being pursued, what the applicant will contribute to the program and how the skills gained will further their career goals. If the applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, an additional 500-word explanation should be added to the essay, describing any factors that resulted in the GPA.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of support describing the applicant's competencies for graduate work; at least one academic letter of support is preferred, especially if the degree was earned in the last five years. Professional references are accepted from supervisors but not colleagues or friends.


Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

Standardized Test Scores

There is no GRE requirement. Although standardized test scores are not required for admission, official copies of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be considered if submitted as part of the application.

All applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States are required to submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. TOEFL score needs to be at least 90 with at least a 27 in both the reading and writing sections. IELTS score should be 7.5 or higher.

Financial Information

Students accepted into the program pay tuition rates set for studies in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. For current costs associated with the program, go to Drexel Central. Click on "Tuition and Fee Rates," then "2023–2024 Tuition and Fees Rates." Choose "College of Medicine" and then "Full-Time" to find the current tuition and fees for each semester in a Biomedical Graduate Studies program. If you are entering the program as a part-time student (fewer than nine credits), click on "Part-Time" to view the tuition rate for each credit hour.

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may take the form of loans, grants, scholarships, or part-time employment. For information on how you can finance your education, please visit Drexel Central.

Please be aware that the Drexel University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies does not provide financial aid to international master’s students. With a few exceptions, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students should confirm their eligibility for financial aid with the Drexel University Financial Aid Office. We also encourage international students to investigate funding opportunities through their own governments or private organizations.

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Next Steps for New Students

  • You'll receive a Drexel email account and login information for Blackboard and other Drexel systems
  • Contact your academic advisor to learn about transfer credits, map out your degree plan, and register for classes
  • Order textbooks and other class materials

Apply to the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Fundamental Concepts in Infectious Disease Program

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