Applying to the Program

MS in Pharmacology

Admissions Events

For prospective Fall 2020 applicants, we will begin admissions chats and campus visits in November 2019; you can RSVP here to receive an invitation to our future online admissions chats.

Typical applicants to the M.S. program have a B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or similar science field.  Applicants with an undergraduate degree in any other discipline must show strong performance in basic courses in biology and chemistry in order to be eligible for admission.  Minimum admissible undergraduate GPA is 3.0; recommended undergraduate GPA is 3.3 and higher.  Undergraduate degree must be completed before the orientation day in late August.

Application Requirements:
The M.S. program in Pharmacology follows the application procedures outlined by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At a minimum, application requirements include the following:

Georgetown Graduate School Application Form (online)

  • Application fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation (with a preference for letters from science professors or those who have supervised your work in a lab setting)
  • Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Please do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. For additional details review Admissions FAQ.
    • Note: We require all international transcripts to be evaluated for equivalency with U.S. Standards, even if the transcripts are in English. The preferred place for this evaluation is the World Education Services (WES). WES charges a fee and requires an original transcript sent directly by the school. WES should send their evaluation directly to the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education at the address listed below. Please start this process very early; it can sometimes take over 8 weeks for your institutions to send official transcripts to WES and then for WES to evaluate them and send us the report.
  • Unofficial transcripts from previously attended institutions where courses were taken but no degree was earned.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, MCAT, or equivalent are strongly recommended but not required.
  • All applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission. Please note that citizenship does not determine English language proficiency.  Proof of English language proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following: 
    1. 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. The degree does not have to be earned by the time of application but will need to be conferred by the start of the MS program. (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.)
    2. submission of an official TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 90 (a score of 95 or above is preferred) or an official IELTS score report with a minimum of 7.0 (paper-based test only). The TOEFL/IELTS code for Georgetown University is 5244. 
  • 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 MS in Pharmacology program.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, tuition fees, and more, please refer to our Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions & Financial Aid Page

Please have your official transcripts sent directly from the originating institution to:

Office of Biomedical Graduate Education
Attn: M.S. Pharmacology
Georgetown University
SE108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057-1411

For any institutions that offer secure online delivery of official transcripts, please use as the delivery address.  This is for secure online delivery directly from institutions only; please do not send your own transcripts to this e-mail address as they will not be accepted as official.

If you have any general questions about the main application or admissions processes, please contact:

Office of Admissions for Biomedical Graduate Education

For questions regarding the Pharmacology program, contact:

Mary Wells
Senior Academic Coordinator
(202) 687-6012

Barry Wolfe, Ph.D.
Director, MS Program
(202) 687-1420