How to Apply

The PhD program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the PhD program in Cell Biology require an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal.

Application Requirements

Applicants are to submit all required credentials and supporting documentation no later than the application deadlines listed below. Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. You can begin the application process at any time and save your progress until you are ready to submit your completed application.

Applicants DO NOT need to arrange a position in a laboratory prior to admission. Furthermore, prospective students that currently have positions in departmental laboratories must apply to the program through the same procedure as all other applicants and do not receive special consideration.

The department accepts up to five Ph.D. students each year, all of whom are provided with a stipend, health insurance and full-tuition scholarship with no teaching requirement. Students are also strongly encouraged to apply for independent fellowships from sources such as the National Institutes of HealthNational Science Foundation, and Department of Defense. Occasionally students enter the Ph.D. program with funding from commercial or foreign governmental sources (e.g. CONACYT).

Application Checklist

Application Timeline

  • December 1st*: Application Deadline for Summer Admission and for Fall Admission
  • January – February: Interviews | Applicants will be invited for telephone or in-person interviews (travel expenses and lodging are paid by the department).
  • March: Final Decision
  • April 15th: Applicant must notify the program of their decision
  • July 1st: Program Starts for Summer
  • Late August: Program Starts for Fall

*Please contact the program director if you wish to submit an application after the deadline. Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.

*We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES. Please select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as recipient.

GU/NIH Program

The PhD programs participate in the GU/NIH partnership program. If interested, please apply directly to NIH for this partnership.

GU/NIH Partnership

Financial Support

View full tuition coverage, competitive stipend support, and health insurance benefits.

PhD Funding

Admissions FAQ

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

Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

Unofficial 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.

Do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an 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)

An unofficial transcript we do not accept includes the following:

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

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

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.

For additional questions, please visit Admissions FAQ.

GRE or MCAT scores are optional but recommended.

GRE: Georgetown University Code is 5244. If the department is not listed, use the code 99 – department not listed.

MCAT: report MCAT scores through AMCAS (The American Medical College Application Service) application or email verification pdf report to biomedgrad@georgetown.edu.

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).