Frequently Asked Questions

When should I apply?

We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. We review applications as soon as they complete and then make an immediate admission decision. For this reason, the chances of admission are higher the sooner you apply.

What are the application deadlines?

Can I apply late? 

U.S. Citizens, and residents (Green Card Holders). Space permitting, and once we have received all the documentation, we will do our best to accept students until approximately mid-August for Fall admission. Note however, that we cannot guarantee that such applications will be processed in time for the first day of class. For Spring admission, since the University is closed from Christmas Eve until January 2nd, acceptance decisions have to be made by mid December.

International Students requiring an immigration visa. As with U.S. students, we can accept late applications but there is a real risk that the immigration visa will not be obtained in time for the first day of class. Once we have received transcripts etc,  International Student & Scholar Services will process supporting documentation for a visa application. Students then have to apply for a visa in their home country and appear for an interview. This process is time consuming and often interviews have to be booked weeks in advance. Students that cannot make it to the first day of class, can request to start late, up to the last day of drop/add (approximately one week after the start of class). Alternative they can request to postpone starting the degree until either the next semester or the next academic year. Note, delayed arrival or postponement to another semester requires an official request.

Do you offer a thesis option?

We do not offer a thesis option. We require students gain practical experience in a bioinformatics internship followed by a presentation on their work.

How do I begin the application process?

Log onto the online admission system. To choose the Bioinformatics Graduate Program,

  1. Click on Graduate Program Information on the left side of the page

  2. Under the Department or Field of Study drop down choose: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Biotechnology

  3. Under the Program drop down choose: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (M.S.) - Bioinformatics

More information can be found here: Bioinformatics Graduate Program: Apply

7. How much does the degree cost?

A break down of the costs involved can be found here: Georgetown: Cost of Attendance.

Bioinformatics is a Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GDM). The tuition and fees listed cover up to the degree requirements (30 credits) taken over the course of a Fall and Spring semester. Students that take longer than 1 year will pay by the credit hour during the third or fourth semester.

Do you offer scholarships or teaching assistantships?

The program offers a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000. No decision can be made on scholarships until an application has been completed in full. The program does not offer teaching or research assistantships; however, part-time positions are often available in research laboratories throughout the Medical Center. It should be noted that students planning to finish the course in two semesters are unlikely to have a great deal of free time. Further information on funding sources can be found at the Office of Student Financial Services, the Graduate School, and the BGE Financial Aid Page.

How do I get more information about the program?

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program web-site includes contact addresses for the program,

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