Apply to the Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions application deadlines:

  •        Fall: May 15th
  •        Spring: November 1st

Late applications are considered for the Fall, subject to availability. To apply for fall after the official deadline (May 15th) please choose Spring on the online application form and email bioinformatics@georgetown.edu to let us know you wish to apply for Fall and we will process the application accordingly.

Admissions 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 decisions.

Application Checklist

Online Application

The online application system allows for the electronic submission of the application form and supporting application documents, such as the personal statement and résumé, as well as two letters of recommendation. Apply using our online application:

Department - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Biotechnology 
Program - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (M.S.) Bioinformatics

Official Transcripts

Applicants must provide hard-copy official transcripts of all work beyond secondary school - undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study-abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses. For foreign applicants official notarized copies/translations should be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the notary or appropriate official.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Georgetown University
Office of Biomedical Graduate Education
SE 108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057-1411

TOEFL (for students from non-English speaking institutions)

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/IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 (paper test) and 80 (Internet-based test). The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0. Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL Code is B191. 

GRE scores are not required.

For more information, please visit the Biomedical Graduate Education admissions page, which contains a general overview of the admissions process including a breakdown of general and program-specific admission requirements, a comprehensive FAQ page, and important application information for international applicants.

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

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. For the most up-to-date information on Biomedical Graduate Education tuition fees, please visit the tuition and fees page.  

Scholarships and Other Financial Aid

A number of scholarships are offered to our students. To be considered, please simply mark the appropriate box on your application for admission.

Information about student loan programs and other forms of financial aid can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services. Visit Biomedical Graduate Education Scholarship and Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for any of our merit-based scholarships. Two of the scholarship opportunities available to our students are highlighted below.

Hoyas for Science! Scholarship

This merit scholarship will provide a partial tuition assistance equal to twenty percent (20%) of tuition costs for one academic year. It will be awarded to newly admitted qualified students whose background or experience, when evaluated holistically, suggests they are uniquely able to contribute to the diversity of the BGE community.
The factors which may be considered include:

  • a student’s socioeconomic, cultural and/or family background (i.e., first-generation or first-in-family to attend college, parents’ level of education and income, region of residence, high school or undergraduate institution attended);
  • personal experiences and challenges; and/or
  • demonstrated ability to develop and support diversity and cultural understanding.

Applicants must demonstrate a record of superior academic achievement (including factors such as grade point average, honors, or other designation); and applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants from the pool of all BGE Masters Programs who submit a Scholarship application and the required essay will be considered. Rolling acceptance: Apply within two weeks after submission of your application to the Bioinformatics program.

DMV (DC/MD/VA) Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship

This scholarship will provide a partial tuition assistance credit of $10,000.00 total (awarded to the student via their student account as $5,000.00/semester (2 semesters maximum)) to applicants who currently reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Eligible and qualified students will have a record of superior academic achievement (including factors such as grade point average, honors, or other designation), show a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters’ level, and demonstrate their creative thinking ability through an essay. Applicants from the pool of all BGE Masters Programs who submit a Scholarship application and the required essay will be considered. Rolling acceptance: Apply within two weeks after submission of your application to the Bioinformatics program. 

Student Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Service and the BGE Housing Page assists graduate students in finding suitable accommodations.