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.
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:
- Application fee
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Two letters of recommendation (with preference for letters from science professors or those who have supervised your work in a lab/clinical setting)
- Official transcript(s) from previously attended institutions where a degree was earned (or will be earned if degree is currently in progress). Please see address below for sending all official transcripts.
- 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. [Please do not upload unofficial transcripts for institutions where your degree is in progress; we will need an official transcript (or transcript evaluation for international) from any institution that will be granting you a degree and therefore that institution should be listed in the application section for "degree-granting institutions."]
- 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:
- 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 semester to which the applicant is applying. (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.)
- submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 90; a score of 95 or above is preferred. The TOEFL 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
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 email@example.com 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:
For questions regarding the Pharmacology program, contact:
Senior Academic Coordinator
Barry Wolfe, Ph.D.
Director, MS Program