Accelerated Master of Science in Global Health

The Accelerated Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) Degree Program allows qualified students in Georgetown's BS in Global Health Program to complete the MSGH degree by extending their studies to a fifth year.

Students still complete all the requirements of both programs, and students maintain their undergraduate status during their fourth year.

Application Deadlines and Requirements

Students who have the goal of participating in the Accelerated MSGH Program will be encouraged to discuss their plans with their advisors early in their third academic year.  Applications are reviewed in the same pool as all graduate applicants.


  • Open only to current Georgetown students pursuing the B.S. in global health degree.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 overall.

The application consists of a completed Graduate School application form, a copy of the student’s official undergraduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample. Applicants do not have to take the GRE.


Bernhard Liese, MD, DSc, MPH
Director of the MS in Global Health Program
Chair, Department of International Health

Degree Requirements and Program Structure

Students must complete all the requirements of both programs and are expected to complete the curriculum requirements for the BS in global health by the end of their fourth (senior) year. The requirements for the Accelerated MSGH Program degree are the same as those for the regular (non-accelerated) program, but they may be satisfied more quickly:

  • Two courses (INTH 350 or higher) taken during the third or fourth year may be applied to both the student’s bachelor’s degree and to the master’s degree.  These courses require the approval of the director of the MS in Global Health Program.
  • Two additional graduate courses (number GLOH 500 or higher) taken during the fourth year beyond the bachelor’s degree requirements (120 credits) may be applied to the master’s degree.

Students in the Accelerated MSGH Program would not go abroad in the fourth year, but in the fifth year. Instead, students would enroll in the alternative option that is typically offered to students unable to go abroad for the Practical Experience Abroad program; this alternative option is the completion of a scholarly paper plus two additional INTH electives. 

Sample Schedule: Years 4 and 5