How to Apply | MS in Physiology

The MS in Physiology (“regular” program) requires an application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education unit of Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through its online application portal. Application instructions specific to our program are provided in detail below.

Admissions Events

For prospective applicants to the “regular” MS in Physiology for Fall 2021 and beyond, we will be hosting monthly online admissions chats starting in November 2020.

Please RSVP to be added to our prospective students group and receive an invitation to the next admissions chat.

We also offer information sessions by request for student groups and science classes.

Eligibility | MS in Physiology

  • Successful completion of all undergraduate pre-health course requirements including two semesters each of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, each with lab.  It is preferred that applicants also have taken Biochemistry, but it is not required.
  • Required minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0 (cumulative of all undergraduate coursework across all undergraduate institutions attended).  Recommended minimum undergraduate GPA 3.3. Average incoming GPA of matriculants is 3.5. For students with cumulative GPAs below 3.0, we recommend exploring the Special Master’s Program (SMP) or our George Squared partnership program.
  • All applicants must also meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Graduate School for admission to graduate education at Georgetown University.

Application Requirements

Please carefully follow the application checklist and application instructions below to ensure that your application materials meet the expectations of the admissions committee.

Once an application becomes complete (all materials received, including transcripts and letters of recommendation), the application will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and we strive to return decisions within four weeks (at maximum) of an application becoming complete.  We encourage prospective students to submit their applications early; we begin issuing decisions as early as mid-October for the following fall.

Applications should be submitted and completed (all materials received) by the deadline noted below.  Applications submitted by the deadline but not complete by the deadline (ie, missing transcripts and/or letters of recommendation) will be reviewed as space permits.

Application Checklist – MS in Physiology (“regular” program)

Application Deadline

Fall Admissions

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in November; early applications are strongly encouraged. The application deadline for Fall 2021 is May 15, 2021.

The program begins at the end of August each year.

We do not offer Spring or Summer admissions, except for graduates of the George Squared ABS program.

For Applicants in the George Squared Program

Please see our information for G² applicants to the MS program for entry options and application deadlines.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees information can be found on the Biomedical Graduate Education website.

Tuition & Fees

Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit-based tuition scholarships are available for students who enroll in our biomedical graduate programs.

Merit Scholarships

General Admissions FAQ

The Biomedical Graduate Education unit provides general admissions FAQ for applicants to Georgetown’s biomedical programs.

General Admissions FAQ

For George Squared Applicants

If you are a George Squared ABS Certificate student or graduate, please see our additional information for applicants in the George Squared program.

For G2 Applicants

Application Instructions

  • Approximately 500-1000 words; normally one page but not to exceed two pages (please be succinct)
  • For those who have previously applied to medical school, you are welcome to submit the same/similar essay that you previously submitted to AMCAS.

Full CV/resumé including all of the following:

  1. all work (clinical and non-clinical), research, volunteer, intern, shadowing, and observing experiences with dates (month and year) and responsibilities/descriptions clearly noted
  2. all shadowing and observing experiences should additionally have number of hours and practitioner names clearly noted
  3. cumulative GPA for each educational institution listed
    • cumulative GPA: all coursework, not just coursework in your major field of study
    • The required minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA for our program is 3.0. The recommended minimum cumulative GPA is 3.3. We calculate cumulative GPA from all coursework completed across all undergraduate institutions attended.
  4. Minimum acceptable font size is 11pt.  If necessary, please allow your CV/resumé to span more than one page in order to include all requested details while maintaining font sizes and spacing that facilitate readability.
  5. When applicable, items in each section of the resumé should be in reverse chronological order with the most recent experiences listed first, which is the most common way to organize a resumé.

Two (2) letters of recommendation or a committee letter packet.  

  • All applicants have the option to submit up to three letters of recommendation, but only two are required. 
  • At least one of your letters must be from a science professor who had you as a student in a science class, unless you are submitting a committee letter packet.

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.
  • Electronic transcripts issued by the institution (not a download from your institution’s web 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.

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

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).

MCAT and GRE are not required, however, we strongly encourage students to report these scores if they are available.  Unofficial MCAT and GRE score reports should be emailed directly to the program coordinator as a PDF attachment of the score report from the exam website (showing date of exam, total score, breakdown of score, and percentile rankings) at Please do not enter your score or upload your score report into the application portal as this will trigger an official score report to be required in order to make your application complete.