About the Program

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology is a thriving, dynamic center of excellence in the Georgetown University School of Medicine. The department continues to undergo expansion with the overall focus on understanding the effects of environmental agents on biological systems.

The department occupies an entire floor of the Basic Science Building and has additional facilities in other parts of the Medical Center. Department resources are enriched through a broad range of collaborative studies with investigators at the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense, and other well-known government research institutions and the Biotechnology industry in the Washington metropolitan area. These collaborations allow access to a wide spectrum of expertise and state-of-the-art technologies.

The department prepares M.S. students for successful careers as investigators in biomedical sciences, the biotechnology industry and for other advanced degrees in science, law, business and medicine. The department offers M.S. Degrees: in Biotechnology and in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Ph.D. program has traditionally trained students for academic research positions and continues to do so. However, we are particularly excited about our new Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Biotechnology, which is being designed in collaboration with the biotechnology industry.


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Application Deadlines

Early submission of applications are highly recommended.

Fall Admission: June 1st

Spring Admission: November 1st

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the 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 or law degrees will also be considered. Special consideration is given to applicants with work experience. Students can be admitted for full-time or part-time studies. The program admissions committee makes all admission recommendations on a case-by-case basis. The Dean of the Graduate School makes all final admissions decisions.

Requirements for the M.S. degree Programs:

  • 4-year Bachelor's degree (or 3 years plus an MS degree for international students)
  • grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • original undergraduate transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • TOEFL (for students from non-English speaking institutions)
    • Score minimums accepted by Georgetown
      • Computer Based: 213
      • Paper: 550
      • TOEFL: 80
      • IELTS: 7
  • GRE recommended, but not required

General Information for Prospective Graduate Students

  • Transfer of Credits: With pre-approval, up to eight graduate credits may be transferred into the Master of Science Program. At least a B grade is required for each course that is transferred.
  • Tuition: Tuition for the Master degrees (30 credits), for full time students is $38,952 ($19,476 per semester), and for part time students is $1,623 per credit for the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Semesters. Tuition is subject to change.
  • Scholarships and other Financial Aid: M.S. students may apply for merit-based scholarships. To be considered, please simply mark the appropriate box on your application for admission. Information about student loan programs and other forms for financial aid can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid (http://www8.georgetown.edu/admin/provost/osfs/).
  • Housing for Full-Time Students: The Office of Off-Campus Housing Resources Services (OCHRS), located in Darnall Hall, Room M-31, assists graduate students in finding suitable accommodations. You may call 202-687-7764, email guochrs@georgetown.edu or visit us in person for additional information. Visit ochlistings.georgetown.edu to search available housing listings.
  • General Program Fee: General program fee for the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 is $300 (cashier's check or money orders only). It is a one-time fee required of all students to partially cover lab supply costs for any lab course within the department. It also covers the lab manual, lab notebook, and printing of posters for internship poster presentations, as well as miscellaneous items as the directors see fit.
  • International Applicants: We prefer to have International school transcripts evaluated for equivalency with U.S. Standards. The preferred place for this evaluation is the World Education Services (WES), which can be accessed at http://www.wes.org. The organization charges a fee and usually requires an original transcript, sent by the school, rather than a copy.