How to Apply | MS in Pharmacology

Admissions Events

For prospective Fall 2020 applicants to the MS in Pharmacology we will be hosting online admissions chats from March through May 2020. Please RSVP to receive an invitation to the next online admissions chat.

The Pharmacology Master of Science Program requires an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education unit of the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences via the application portal.

Eligibility & Application Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must complete their 4-year Bachelor’s degree before the start of the MS program and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher. Recommended cumulative GPA for the MS in Pharmacology is 3.3 or higher with strong performance in biology and chemistry. Biochemistry is recommended but not required.

Application Checklist

Application Deadlines

  • Application deadline extended to July 1st for Fall Admission
  • Only Fall Admission is offered for the MS in Pharmacology

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

Tuition & Fees

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

Tuition & Fees

Merit-Based Scholarship

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

Tuition Scholarship

Admissions FAQ

Go to the Admissions FAQ page for additional admission and application information.

Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

Unofficial copies of official 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.

Do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an 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)

An unofficial transcript we do not accept includes the following:

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

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.

For degrees earned outside the US: The MS in Pharmacology requires WES evaluations (course-by-course) for all transcripts of degrees earned outside the US.

For study abroad program or non-degree coursework taken abroad (no degree earned or expected): These transcripts must be accompanied by an English language version provided by the academic institution. If your home 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.

For additional questions, please visit Admissions FAQ.

Applicants are welcome to submit by email their unofficial GRE or MCAT score report directly to the Program Coordinator; please do not enter your score or upload your score report in the application portal as this will trigger an official score report to be required. Please send a PDF printout of your unofficial GRE or MCAT score report from the exam website (showing date of exam, breakdown of score, and percentile rankings) to the program coordinator at These scores are not required for admission to the program but are recommended.

Georgetown University Code is 5244. The minimum TOEFL score for admission to M.S. in Pharmacology program is 90 (a score of 95 or above is preferred). 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).

Two Letters of recommendation are required with a preference for letters from science professors or those who have supervised your work in a lab/clinical setting.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in a third-party, unscripted interview with a company such as InitialView. While an interview is not required, it can help strengthen a prospective student’s application. Interviews do not replace the TOEFL or IELTS; TOEFL or IELTS score submission is required. Fluency in English is imperative for success in the M.S. in Pharmacology program.

GRE and TOEFL Online – 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.

Duolingo English Test – Where TOEFL and IELTS tests are unavailable, MS-PHAR will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test results as proof of English proficiency for the Fall 2020 admission term.

The Duolingo English Test with the supplement of an interview will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for those applicants impacted by the COVID-19 closures.  A minimum score of 115 is required for admission, however, programs may require a higher minimum score. In addition, the Duolingo English Test is acceptable as long as it is supplemented by a face-to-face interview, a live writing sample, or both, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies.