Accelerated M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases

Highly motivated Georgetown B.S. in Human Science students can complete the requirements for the M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases in one semester after completing the bachelor’s program.

The Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases program provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts of biological risk, disease threat, and mitigation strategies. The curriculum covers classic biological threats agents, global health security, emerging diseases, technologies, CBRN risk mitigation, and CBRN security. Graduates of our program are employed in both public health and security-focused positions across government and private sector organizations.


HSCI students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major are eligible to apply to this program by January 15 of their junior year. Students who wish to apply should inquire with Sumaira Akber, Assistant Dean, School of Health, or Jason Tilan, Director of Accelerated BGE Pathways, Department of Human Science.

For more information about our program and admissions, please contact us.


Undergraduates start taking master’s courses in their senior year, earning the master’s degree in the fall after completing the Bachelor of Science.

Human Science Accelerated Master's Program Timeline. HSCI Junior Fall/Spring: Apply to M.S. program. HSCI Senior Fall: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. HSCI Senior Spring: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. M.S. Program Fall/Spring: Complete M.S. requirements.

Suggested Degree Plan

Senior – Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4972 Human Science Seminar/Capstone I3
HSCI 4510 Physiological Adaptations4
BHTA 6515 Microbiology of Biological Threat Agents3
Graduate elective3
13 Credits

Senior – Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4973 Human Science Seminar/Capstone II3
HSCI 3090 Immunology3
BHTA 6520 Agroterrorism3
Graduate elective3
12 Credits

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, you will receive your bachelor’s degree and may participate in Commencement with your undergraduate class. Contact your advising dean for more information.

Master’s – Fall

Complete the Biomedical Graduate Education Orientation at the start of the semester.

Course NameCredit(s)
BHTA 6517 Bioterrorism3
BHTA 6525 Homeland Security3
BHTA 6551 Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases Seminar2
Graduate electives8
16 Credits

Master’s – Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
BHTA 6577 Defense Threat Reduction Initiatives2
2 Credits

Master’s Courses

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