Each year, the MS Biotechnology Program at Georgetown matriculates approximately 70 students from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Admission to our program is highly selective. In addition to meeting our application requirements, applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong willingness to master concepts in legal and business studies in addition to the their coursework in biochemistry and molecular biology. Special considerations are given to applicants with work experience.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, engineering, or related sciences from an accredited college or university. Applicants with business, law or other degrees will be considered on a case by case basis.

MS Biotechnology and Certificate in Biotechnology BioBuisness programs require an online application to be completed to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal. Application elements, including letters of recommendation, are required to be submitted through the online application system. Only transcripts and test scores should be submitted independently by the applicant's previous academic institution(s) and testing agency.

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts
Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions Office 
SE 108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Rd. NW Washington D.C. 20057-1411

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. 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.

Financial assistance is available. Please visit the Scholarship & Financial page for more details.

Application Checklist

  4-year Bachelor's degree*
  Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  Original undergraduate transcripts
  Two letters of recommendation
  Academic Statement of Purpose
  TOEFL (English-language proficiency)
  WES evaluation for international transcripts
  GRE recommended, but not required

Application Deadlines

  Spring: NOVEMBER 1

  Fall: MAY 15

* Or 3 years plus a 1-year MS degree for international students on a case by case basis.

Important Information for International Applicants

  • International applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in a third-party, unscripted interview with a company such as InitialView. While an interview is not required, it can help strengthen a prospective student’s application. Interviews do not replace the TOEFL or IELTS; TOEFL or IELTS score submission is required. Fluency in English is imperative for your success in the MS in Biotechnology Program.

  • International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency with U.S. standards. The acceptable place for this evaluation is World Education Services (WES). WES evaluations can take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the Graduate School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts evaluated. Photocopied/faxed/scanned documents cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

  • All applicants who did not receive an undergraduate degree or higher from a school where English was the primary language of instruction must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions by international applicants can be found here.


Score Report Code for Georgetown (BGE):  

Score Minimums Accepted by Georgetown

Paper: 550
Computer Based: 213