Admissions & Eligibility

MS in Physiology

Upcoming Admissions Events

For prospective Fall 2019 applicants, we will be hosting an online admissions chat for the regular MS in Physiology program in late March. You can RSVP here to receive an invitation.

The application for our Fall 2019 cohort is open and admissions are being done on a rolling basis.  Please note that submitted applications cannot be reviewed by the admissions committee until they become complete (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 and GRE are not required for admission to the regular MS in Physiology program, however we encourage students to report these scores if they are available.

Application Deadline: may 15th

Applications are due May 15th for the cohort starting in the Fall semester.  

(Summer and Spring start dates are only open to graduates of the ABS program applying through the George Squared partnership; click here for G² transfer admissions information.)

Admissions for the MS in Physiology program are done on a rolling basis.  Once an application becomes complete (all materials received, including transcripts and letters of reommendation), 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 above.  Applications submitted by the deadline but not complete by the deadline (ie, missing transcripts and/or letters of recommendation) will be considered as space permits.  

Be sure to check out the scholarships available through the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE).  Scholarship applications are due to BGE two weeks after the submission date of your M.S. program application.  (Your program appplication submission date is the date on which you submit your program application and pay the application fee.)  Due to this timeline, you will be submitting your scholarship applications before receiving a decsion on your 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 Physiology and Biophysics - Regular Program (M.S.) program and choose Fall 2019 as the Entry Term. 

(For graduates of the ABS program applying through the George Squared partnership, click here for G² transfer admissions information and deadlines.)


1. Georgetown Graduate School Application Form (online).

  • Application fee (we are unable to offer fee waivers at this time)
  • Academic Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement
    • Approximately 500 words, not to exceed 1000 words.
    • 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 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 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 ordered chronologically 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. 
    • 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 letter writer.  The second letter can be from a source either inside or 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), with preference for science professors and those who have supervised or observed your work in a clinical/medical/science environment.

2. Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution from which you have earned or will earn a degree.

  • Transcripts must be sent directly from the originating institution, with preference for secure digital/PDF delivery where available.  If you earned your degree outside the US, please see #4 below for students with an international degree.
  • Official transcripts are required for all completed and in-progress degree programs in order for your application to become complete. 
  • Please DO NOT upload unofficial transcripts for any degree programs for which official transcripts are required.  Your application will not be reviewed until all official transcripts (and transcript evaluations for international degrees) are received for all completed and in-progress degree programs; providing unofficial transcripts while official transcripts are in transit will not expedite review of your application.
  • For any institution where you completed coursework but did not earn a degree or certificate (this does not include in-progress degree programs where you expect to earn a degree or certificate prior to matriculating in the MS program), unofficial transcripts can be uploaded into the application system.  As stated in the application system, we reserve the right to request official transcripts for this coursework at any time.
  • If you are currently in a degree program, it is okay to send an official transcript with the current semester showing as "in progress."  Grade updates can be sent to the program coordinator after application submission once 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 degree-granting institution you attended for your ABS Graduate Certificate (the institution from which the official transcript will be sent).  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.
  • If you are unclear about whether to submit official or unofficial transcripts for your coursework, please contact Mary Wells at or 202-687-6012 for clarification.

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 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.  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 "Regular" MS in Physiology program, please contact:

Mary Wells
Coordinator, "Regular" MS in Physiology
(202) 687-6012