How to Apply

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The Master of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program requires an online application to be submitted to Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts & Sciences application portal.

Application Requirements

Admission into the program is highly selective. Applicants to the M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related science from an accredited college or university. Applicants with business, law or other degrees will also be considered. Around 40 students from various academic and professional backgrounds matriculate into the program each year. Special consideration is given to applicants with work experience.

Students can be admitted for full-time or part-time studies. All required credentials and supporting documentation have to be submitted by the application deadlines listed below. The program admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling, space-based basis and makes all admission recommendations case-by-case. The Dean of the Graduate School makes all final decisions.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree*
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Transcript(s)
    • WES or another NACES credential evaluation service is highly recommended for international transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • GRE Score (Not required)
    Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable)
    TOEFL: Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
    IELTS: Georgetown Univ. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: Priority deadline is May 15*. Final deadline is July 1.
  • Spring admission: Deadline is November 1.

*International applicants seeking Fall admission are encouraged to apply by the May 15 priority deadline to allow sufficient time to apply for a U.S. visa.

For international students, the visa application process can take weeks or months and varies based on your country of origin.  To help ensure that students receive their visas in time for registration, the program suggests that applications to the program should be completed by May 15 priority deadline. In the event that visas are not received in time, students may defer their admissions and delay their arrival to the following spring or fall terms with no additional charge.

*We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES (new window) or another NACES (new window) credential evaluation service. For WES evaluation, please type in “Georgetown University” for the institution/company. For School/Division, select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as the recipient.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees information can be found on the Biomedical Graduate Education website.

Tuition & Fees

Merit-Based Scholarship

Merit-based tuition scholarships are available for students enrolled in our biomedical graduate programs.

Tuition Scholarship

Admissions FAQ

Go to the Admissions FAQ page for additional admission and application information.

Admissions FAQ

Additional Application Information

Transcripts are required from every institution you have earned credits and grades, including both degree and non-degree coursework. This allows the admissions committee to have a more complete picture of your academic preparation for graduate study.

You must upload electronic or scanned copies of your transcripts (as detailed below) into the application portal for review by the admissions committee; do not order official transcripts to be sent directly to us from your institution(s) until you receive an official offer of admission.

An acceptable transcript upload is a copy of an official transcript produced by the institution. This includes:

  • Scanned copies of paper transcripts issued by the institution.
  • Electronic transcripts issued by the institution (not a download from your institution’s web portal).

Transcript formats we do not accept include the following:

  • We do not accept screenshots or photos.
  • We do not accept downloads of the “student’s view” from your institution’s website.

Samples of Acceptable vs. Unacceptable Transcripts for Applications Submission:

Acceptable Transcript
Acceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript

For Transcripts Not in English:
These documents must be accompanied by an English language version provided by the academic institution. If your institution does not provide English language copies, applicants are responsible for providing a certified or notarized translation along with a copy of the original transcripts. Applicants may upload an evaluation from a credential evaluation service. This must include course and grade information. If not included in the evaluation, the transcript from the institution must be included as well. Both the evaluation and original transcript should be submitted in the application as one document.

NOTE: Applicants who are offered admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling.

For additional questions, please visit Admissions FAQ.

Recommendation letters must be from previous professors, research mentors, or employers in a position to appraise the applicant’s potential for graduate study.

TOEFL: Georgetown University Code is 5244. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper test).

IELTS: Select “Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.” The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English).