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Application

Apply to the Georgetown University Master of Science in Biotechnology or the Certificate in Biotechnology BioBusiness by submitting an online application through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts & Sciences portal.

The M.S. in Biotechnology matriculates approximately 60 students each year from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. To learn more about the program, please contact us or fill out our Request for Information form.

Fall Start Deadlines

October 15

Early Application for Fall Start
Apply early to waive the application fee.

May 15

Priority Application for Fall Start
Recommended deadline for scholarship consideration and for international applicants who will need to apply for a U.S. visa.

July 1

Final Deadline for Fall Start
You may still be considered for scholarships.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. International applicants for the Fall semester are encouraged to apply by the May 15 priority deadline to allow sufficient time to apply for a U.S. visa.

We encourage you to review our available scholarships and consider applying.

Spring Start Admissions

October 15

Early Application for Spring Start
Apply early to waive the application fee.

November 1

Final Deadline for Spring Start

Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

We encourage you to review our available scholarships and consider applying.

Application Requirements

Applicants are to submit all required credentials and supporting documentation no later than the application deadlines listed below.

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 their coursework in biochemistry and molecular biology. Special considerations are given to applicants with work experience.

A 4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (across all undergraduate coursework and/or institutions attended).

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.

For international students, a 3-year bachelor’s degree plus a 1-year M.S. degree may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

List your postsecondary institutions in your application, and upload a transcript for each institution.

WES (new window) or NACES (new window) credential evaluation services are highly recommended for international transcripts.

Follow the transcript instructions in Admissions FAQ (new window) to ensure you upload proper documentation.

List your relevant professional and academic experiences. You may find sample resumes (new window) via the Cawley Career Education Center.

Recommendation letters may be from previous professors, research mentors, or employers in a position to appraise your potential for graduate study.

The statement of purpose allows you to highlight areas of your background or interests that may not be clear in other areas of your application.

The application fee is nonrefundable but limited application fee waivers may be available. View information about the application fee (new window).

Applicants to any Georgetown program may choose to submit an Optional Statement that addresses diversity, personal background and contributions to community. A detailed prompt for the statement can be found in the application.

We encourage master’s applicants to consider applying for the Hoyas for Science Scholarship (new window), offered through Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education. Please note that the scholarship has a similar prompt to the Optional Statement, and you can incorporate your Optional Statement text into your essay for this scholarship application.

GRE scores are not required, but we encourage applicants to report these scores if they are available. View instructions for submitting official test results (new window).

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.

Please note that interviews do not replace the TOEFL or IELTS. Fluency in English is imperative for your success in the M.S. in Biotechnology Program. See the TOEFL/IELTS instructions below.

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 & Sciences. Follow the TOEFL/IELTS instructions in Admissions FAQ (new window) to determine whether you need to send us test scores to prove your English language proficiency.

International Applicants

Please note that 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 the May 15 priority deadline. In the event that visas are not received in time, admitted students may defer their admission one time to a future open term. There is no additional admissions application fee charge for the one-time deferral.

For more information for international applicants, please see our Biomedical Graduate Education International Students page.

Tuition & Scholarships

Our program charges a full-time, per-semester flat rate for students taking 12 credits or more in a semester and a part-time, per-credit rate for students taking fewer than 12 credits. See Biotechnology tuition information for our current tuition rates.

M.S. in Biotechnology Merit-Based Scholarship: All master’s students are considered for a merit-based scholarship upon submission of a completed application. Scholarship recipients receive an official notification of selection from the Biomedical Graduate Education office via email; please follow the instructions carefully to complete the process. Please contact the Biotechnology program manager with any questions.

BGE scholarships for M.S. students: Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) offers scholarships to incoming master’s students based on merit and service. Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awarded subject to funding availability, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible after submitting your program application. BGE also offers merit-based scholarships to a limited number of Master of Science students based on programs’ recommendations.

Federal Academic Alliance Scholarship: The Federal Academic Alliance Scholarship is available for M.S. or certificate students who are employed by the federal government.

Need-Based Aid

Students may wish to apply for federal loans, private loans or outside scholarships. It is recommended that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as you are accepted. You may use the Estimated Cost of Attendance information in determining federal loan amounts; this program falls under Biomedical Graduate Education > Biomedical Graduate Programs.

For more information and to obtain financial aid forms, please contact osfsgradfinaid@georgetown.edu.

Student Housing

Many Georgetown graduate students live in university housing at the new residential building at 55 H St. NW. Biomedical Graduate Education lists various housing options around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Career Readiness

Our students benefit from the services of the Biomedical Graduate Education career office, including one-on-one advising, skills workshops, leadership programs and more.