How to Apply

Would you like to refine your interest in human physiology and earn a Master's degree from Georgetown University while living in Washington DC, one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the country? If yes, then the we encourage you to apply to the MS in Physiology program in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology.

The MS program is designed to be completed by full-time students in one academic year (10 months or 12 months). However, schedules for part-time students can be made with special arrangements. Students interested in part-time work should indicate this on their application. 

Graduates of the G2 ABS Certificate program may apply to the program for admission in the fall, spring, or summer. Students who have not completed the G2 ABS Certificate program must apply for fall admission. Admissions are rolling and applications are not reviewed until completed (including receipt of all transcripts and letters of recommendation).  

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements set forth by the Graduate School and our program specific requirements: 

  • 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.

  • MCAT or GRE is not required for admission, however we encourage students to report these scores if they are available.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall semester start - May 15th 

  • Spring semester start (only open to G2 ABS students) - November 1st 

  • Summer semester start (only open to G2 ABS students) - May 1st 

Please note: Students who have not completed the G2 ABS program must apply for fall admission.  Graduates of the G2 ABS Certificate program have the option to apply for fall, spring, or summer start.

Applications should be submitted and completed by the deadline.  Applications completed after the deadline will be considered as space permits.  

Be sure to check out the scholarships available through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (Hoyas for Science Scholarship; DMV Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship).  Scholarship essays are due no later than two weeks after submitting your M.S. program application. 

How to Apply:

The MS in Physiology program follows the steps outlined in the Graduate School's Application Procedure and Application Requirements Checklist.

When completing the online application please select the MS in Physiology and Biophysics program and the semester you wish to enter the program. 

Application requirements include the following:

1. Georgetown Graduate School Application Form (online).

  • Application fee (we are unable to offer fee waivers for low-income applicants at this time)
  • Personal statement
  • Full CV/resume including all of the following:
    1. all work (clinical and non-clinical), research, volunteer, intern, shadowing, and observing experiences with dates and responsibilities/descriptions clearly noted
    2. all shadowing and observing experiences should additionally have number of hours and practicioner names clearly noted
    3. cumulative GPA and science GPA for each institution attended
      • cumulative GPA: all coursework
      • science GPA: only coursework completed in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (do not include science- or medicine-related coursework completed in other departments such as Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Anthropology, Economics, etc.)
      • 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. If necessary, please allow your CV/resume to span more than one page in order to include all requested details while maintaining font sizes and spacing that facilitate readability.
  • 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. 
    • If you are not submitting a committee letter packet, at least one of your letters must be from a science professor.
    • If you only want to submit two letters but the application system makes you enter three letter writer names, you can enter "Not Applicable" for the third letter writer and this will be corrected by our admissions staff internally.  If you have questions about this, please contact Mary Wells at
    • For students applying from the G2 ABS Certificate Program, your first letter must be from your assigned ABS Program letter writer and the second letter from a source outside the ABS program (e.g., an undergraduate professor, a science/health care related employer or supervisor, or a committee letter packet from your undergraduate institution). Do not submit two letters from within the certificate program. 

2. Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended.

  • Transcripts must be sent directly from the originating institution, with preference for digital/PDF delivery where available.
  • If you have transfer credits from other colleges on your main transcript, we must have official transcripts directly from each institution, even if your grades for those transfer credits are listed on your main transcript.
  • Do not delay sending transcripts from in-progress programs as this will delay the consideration of your application. Grade updates can be sent to the program coordinator after application submission as grades finalize and become available.  Upon admission, official transcripts showing degree conferral and all final grades will be required before the start of classes.
  • For students applying from the G2 ABS Certificate Program, enter George Mason University as the institution attended for your ABS Graduate Certificate (the institution from which the transcript will come) along with all other institutions (undergraduate and graduate) that you have attended.  Do not enter Georgetown University as an institution attended for the ABS Graduate Certificate; entering Georgetown as a second institution for the ABS Graduate Certificate will trigger the system to await a transcript from Georgetown, causing your application to remain incomplete after all of your other application materials have been received. Your transcript for the ABS Graduate Certificate comes from George Mason University only.

Send all official transcripts exactly as indicated below; do not send them to Georgetown's main graduate admissions office.

Digital/PDF official transcripts sent directly from institution:

Hardcopy official transcripts sent directly from institution:
Office of Biomedical Graduate Education
Attn: Regular MS in Physiology 
Georgetown University
Med-Dent SE108
3900 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057-1411

3. MCAT and GRE are not required, however we encourage students to report these scores if they are available.

4. Students with an International Degree: Applicants must meet the requirements outlined by the Graduate School, including minimum scores on the TOEFL or IELTS exams. We require international school transcripts to be evaluated for equivalency with U.S. Standards. 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.  Please have WES send their evaluation directly to the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education at the above address. International students applying from the G2ABS certificate program should apply to summer program immediately following completion of their certificate to maintain the full-time student status necessary for their F1 visa. Note: the TOEFL code for Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University is B191.

5. There are no additional application requirements specific to the M.S. in Physiology program.

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

If you have questions about your application contact:

Office of Admissions for Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE)

You can also visit the BGE website.

If you have questions about the MS in Physiology program contact:

Mary Wells
Senior Academic Coordinator
(202) 687-6012