How to Apply
The Master of Science in Biotechnology and the Certificate in Biotechnology BioBuisness programs require an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal.
Each year, the MS in Biotechnology Program at Georgetown matriculates approximately 60 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 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 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.
- Online Application
- 4-year Bachelor’s degree*
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- Unofficial transcript(s)
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Non-refundable application fee
- GRE Score (Recommended but 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
- InitialView strongly recommended for international applicants
- COVID-19 Response – Test Options
- Application deadline extended to July 1st for Fall Admission
- Application is due November 1st for Spring Admission
Please contact the program director if you wish to submit an application after the deadline. Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.
* Or 3 years plus a 1-year MS degree for international students on a case by case basis. We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES. Please select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as recipient.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees information can be found on the Biomedical Graduate Education website.
Merit-based tuition scholarships are available for students enrolled in our biomedical graduate programs.
Go to the BGE Admissions FAQ page for additional admission and application 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.
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).
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.
GRE and TOEFL Online – ETS has announced that the GRE and TOEFL exams can now be completed online for those impacted by the closure of testing centers. For more information and registration details visit the following ETS pages: TOEFL and GRE.
Duolingo English Test – Where TOEFL and IELTS tests are unavailable, MS-Biotechnology and Certificate in Biotechnology BioBusiness program will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test results as proof of English proficiency for the Fall 2020 admission term.
The Duolingo English Test with the supplement of an interview will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for those applicants impacted by the COVID-19 closures. A minimum score of 115 is required for admission, however, programs may require a higher minimum score. In addition, the Duolingo English Test is acceptable as long as it is supplemented by a face-to-face interview, a live writing sample, or both, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies.