Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

COVID-19 Response

Yes. 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.

The TOEFL ITP Plus is available for students in Mainland China who are currently unable to sit for the TOEFL iBT exam. The IELTS Indicator is an online exam that can be completed at home for those impacted by the closure of testing centers. To send scores, select “Georgetown University Graduate Admissions”.

Academic Programs

Georgetown University offers a variety of graduate training opportunities in the biomedical sciences, including certificateMaster’sPh.D., and dual degree programs.

Application Form

Biomedical Graduate Education requires that all applicants submit their entire application, including all recommendations via the online application system.

Checklists indicating the status of your admissions application can be found on the online application system. The checklists are posted the day after the application submission, and application materials received are logged daily. Online recommendations are automatically updated to a status of ‘received’ when submitted by the recommender.

General Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree*
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE/MCAT Score (if applicable)
    Georgetown Univ. Code: 5244
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable)
    TOEFL: Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
    IELTS: Georgetown Univ. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Application requirements may vary by program. Check the program website for specific program requirements.

Yes. You will be required to self-report the grade point averages (GPA) for undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework in the Self-Reported GPA section of the application. The GPA represents the combined GPA of all credits applied toward the primary degree. All applicants will provide the self-reported GPA for their primary undergraduate degree. Those who have attended a graduate program will need to calculate a second GPA for the graduate degree.

Instruction on how to calculate your GPA can be found in the online application system.

Applicants applying to more than one program must submit separate applications, supporting documents, and application fees for each program. Each application is processed, reviewed and acted on independently by each program.

The application process begins with the Georgetown School of Medicine. The M.D./Ph.D. program requires only an application to the Georgetown School of Medicine. A separate application to the Ph.D. program of interest is not required. For more information about the M.D./Ph.D. program, visit the School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. program page.

Additional Application Materials

Ph.D. Programs: A formal interview is required. Programs will contact applicants directly about the interview process.

M.D./Ph.D. Programs: Formal interviews are required for a select pool of applicants. Applicants will be contacted by the program.

Master’s Programs: Interviews are generally not required, but some master’s programs recommend InitialView for international applicants. Find specific programs’ requirements on the BGE How to Apply page or website for the program.

Not all programs have supplemental applications. Check the website for the program that you’re interested to find supplemental applications requirements and information.

Application Fee

Biomedical Graduate Education follows the application fee set forth by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. View the current application fee amount. 

If you get an error message when trying to submit your payment, the most common reason for this error is that the address an applicant enters does not exactly match the address of their credit card. Applicants are to make sure that the address is correct and matches their address on their bank and/or credit card company. In addition, we recommend logging out and back in again and trying to use a different browser. The preferred browsers to use are listed here. Additionally, sometimes when there is an error, a bank statement will show the charge as pending, but the charge does not go through. If you continue to have an issue with your application fee payment, please contact our office and we can assist you further.

At Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE), we have limited application fee waivers that are affiliation and recruitment-based. Please review the eligibility and if qualify, please fill out the fee waiver request form here.

Fee waiver requests and applicable supporting documentation should be received at least 14 days prior to the program’s online application deadline. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, as fee waiver availability will close when we have exhausted all available funding.

To be eligible to receive an application fee waiver, applicants to our programs must meet the following criteria: 

  • Meet the minimum admissions requirement of the program they are applying to
    • The following sections of your Grad application must be completed prior to submitting your fee waiver request:
      • Personal Information
      • Program
      • Academic Statement of Purpose
      • Background and Experience
      • Academic History
      • Self-Reported GPA
      • Proficiency in Languages, if applicable
      • Self-Reported Test Scores, if applicable
  • Select the qualified affiliation(s) under the application details section in the online Georgetown GRAD application
  • Provide documentation in the fee waiver request form that verifies their participation (i.e  for example verification letter, certificate of completion) in one of the programs below within the past two years:
    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
    • AmeriCorps
    • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minorities Students (ABRCMS)
    • Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar
    • Bonner Scholar Program
    • Careers Opportunity Research/NIMH (COR/NIMH)
    • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
    • Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
    • Jackie Robinson Foundation
    • Jesuit Volunteer Corp
    • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program
    • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program
    • Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
    • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (RISE)
    • National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
    • NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (BP-ENDURE)
    • NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
    • Peace Corps
    • Posse Foundation
    • Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
    • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
    • Teach for America

No application fee waiver can be processed after submission and thus no refunds. Only one program application can receive a fee waiver when applying to multiple programs within BGE in the same admission cycle. 

If you have any questions, please contact

If you are an organization and feel that your program should be added to our list above to enhance the diversity of our applicant pool, please contact  

Please note: fee waiver requests will be processed Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, with the exception of holidays and breaks when the university is closed. Allow up to 3-10 business days for your request to be processed.


Yes. 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.

You must upload electronic or scanned copies of your transcripts (as detailed below) into the application portal for review by the admissions committee; do not order official transcripts to be sent directly to us from your institution(s) until you receive an official 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. To do so, request an official transcript through your institution’s registrar office to be mailed to yourself as the recipient. Open the transcript, scan and upload the transcript to Georgetown Univ Application Portal.
  • Electronic transcripts issued by the institution (not a download from your institution’s web portal). To do so, request through your institution’s secure transcript service (i.e. Parchment, National Clearinghouse, Transcript Network, Transcript Plus) for an official electronic transcript be sent to yourself as the electronic/email recipient. Open the transcript and save it as a PDF. For secure encrypted pdfs, print and scan documents. Upload to Georgetown Univ Application Portal.

Transcript formats we do not accept include the following:

  • We do not accept screenshots or photos
  • We do not accept downloads of the “student’s view” from your institution’s website

Samples of Acceptable vs. Unacceptable Transcripts for Applications Submission:

Acceptable Transcript
Acceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript

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.

If you are experiencing technical issues with uploading your transcript please contact BGE Office of Admissions email address: for assistance.

NOTE: Applicants who are offered admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling.

Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to upload their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations (In WES, please select “Georgetown University” as the institution and select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as recipient) or may utilize other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Applicants should upload this evaluation directly to the application. If the evaluation does not include a copy of the transcripts that were evaluated, applicants must upload both the transcripts from the institution and the credential evaluation as one document to the application. 

We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent as email attachments directly from applicants as official. Please do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission.

Mail Official Transcripts To:
Georgetown University
Biomedical Graduate Education
Office of Admissions
SE 106 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road NW,
Washington, DC 20057-1411

Send Official Electronic Transcripts:

Please send official electronic transcripts to Official transcripts should only be sent after receiving an offer of admission. Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly through your institution’s secure electronic delivery service (e.g. eScrip-Safe, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Transcript Network).

Official Test Results

You need to request your official GRE test score through ETS (Educational Testing Services) and use the Georgetown University Code for BGE: 5244.

You can send in your MCAT score through your AMCAS (The American Medical College Application Services) application or email the MCAT score report directly to

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).

TOEFL: You need to request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your TOEFL scores to Georgetown University.  To request scores, use the code: 5244

IELTS: Official score reports should be sent electronically by the testing center to Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Offer Acceptance

Applicants are notified of their admissions decision via the online application system.

Financial aid award(s) will be available for viewing in MyAccess under the “Financial Services” tab.

Applicants who have been accepted for admission are required to officially accept their offer through the online application system and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure their seat. Confirming intent to enroll with the individual programs, whether in writing or verbally, is not sufficient.

Please visit the University’s Registrar page to access the university’s Certificate of Enrollment Request Form.

Applicants may request a deferral of admission for up to one calendar year. Deferral requests are reviewed by the program in which the applicant applied, and approval is not guaranteed. Please note, applicants are only allowed one deferral of their admission. If after a deferral an applicant would like to considering for another future term, they must submit a new application. Applicants who need to request a deferral of admission must do so through the Deferral Request Form.

You would need to submit your outstanding documents (as detailed in the admissions letter) to the Office of BGE Admissions by the set deadline shown on your admissions letter. 

Official transcripts should only be sent after receiving an offer of admission. Official electronic transcripts must be sent directly through your institution’s secure electronic delivery service (e.g. eScrip-Safe, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Transcript Network) to We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent as email attachments directly from applicants as official. Please do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission.

Mail Official Transcripts To:
Georgetown University
Biomedical Graduate Education
Office of Admissions
SE 106 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road NW,
Washington, DC 20057-1411

If I have other questions, who do I need to contact?

For program-specific questions, please directly contact the program. For questions concerning the application process, contact the Office of Biomedical Graduate Admissions by email at