Bioinformatics Admissions FAQ

Application Process

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.

View application deadlines on our How to Apply page.

Please contact the program director if you wish to submit an application after the deadline. Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis.

U.S. Citizens, and residents (Green Card Holders). We do our best to accept students until approximately mid-August for Fall admission and mid-December for Spring Admission. Applications cannot be guaranteed to be processed in time for the first day of class.

International Students requiring an immigration visa. We can accept late applications but the immigration visa might not be obtained in time for the first day of class. Once all application materials are received, the International Student & Scholar Services will process the documentation for a visa application. Students have to apply for a visa in their home country and appear for an interview. This process is time consuming and interviews are often booked weeks in advance. Students who 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) or 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.

Log on to the online application and select the Bioinformatics Graduate Program.

  1. Click on Program on the left side of the page
  2. Under the Department or Field of Study drop down choose: Bioinformatics
  3. Under the Program drop down choose: Bioinformatics (M.S.)


The Bioinformatics Program offers a limited number of scholarships of up to $5,000. The decision on scholarships will be made when an application is fully completed.

Consider applying for Biomedical Graduate Education’s merit-based scholarships when you apply to our program. 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.

The program does not offer teaching or research assistantships. However, part-time positions are often available in research laboratories throughout the Georgetown University Medical Center.

Students planning to finish the program 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 (new window).

Other information

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

If you have other questions, whom do I need to contact?

For program specific questions, please directly contact the program at

For questions concerning the application process, visit the Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions FAQ page or contact the Office of Biomedical Graduate Admissions by phone at (202) 687-8409 or by email at