Apply to the Program


How to Apply

The Pharmacology PhD Program requires an online application to be completed to the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) through the application portal of the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Science. Application elements, including letters of recommendation, are required to be submitted through the online application system. Only transcripts and test scores should be submitted independently by the applicant's previous academic institution(s) and testing agency. Transcripts should be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions Office.

Mailing Address for Official Transcripts *
Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions Office
Attn: PhD in Pharmacology
SE 108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington D.C. 20057-1411

If you intend to send your official transcripts electronically via your institution's secure service, please request to have documents sent to


  • At minimum, a Bachelor of Science degree in a science field (e.g. chemistry, biology, pharmacy, neuroscience, physiological psychology)
  • Research experience in the sciences

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation (click here for instructions to send to letter writers)
    The program requests that students forward the following instructions to letter writers:
    • Rate the applicant as: Exceptional, Outstanding, Very Good, Above Average, or Below Average.
    • Comment on the applicant's ranking compared to other students you have mentored. E.g., The student is in the top 5 students of the 50 students I mentored over the last 30 years.
    • Comment on the applicant's drive, creativity, independence, and resilience
  • Official Transcript(s)
    • If you have any international transcripts (any undergraduate or graduate institution attended or currently attending), we require it 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(s) directly to the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education at the address listed above. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive your official transcript evaluations for all international institutions attended.

  • Pharmacology Supplemental Essay (maximum of 1 page) answering the following prompt: Please tell us about an incident in your research where you experienced failure. Include what you did about it and what you learned from the experience. (Upload the supplemental essay to the Supplemental Data Forms section of the Online Application.)
  • Proficiency in the English lanauge (TOEFL/IELTS if applicable)

    B191 is the code for Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE)

    The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper test). 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).

If you have any questions regarding the Georgetown University application, please email the BGE office at or visit the Biomedical Graduate Education website. For questions regarding the Pharmacology application, contact Mary Wells, Senior Academic Coordinator, at


All Ph.D. students who maintain normal progress are supported with:

Visit the BGE's Tuition and Fees page and PhD Financial Support page for more information about tuition and financial assistance.

Patrick Healy Graduate Fellowship

The Ph.D. Program in Pharmacology is deeply committed to diversity within our community. We particularly encourage applications from individuals from historically underrepresented groups in science. Students from diverse backgrounds may be considered for the Patrick Healy Graduate Fellowship.

Named in honor of Georgetown’s 28th President, Patrick Healy, the first African-American to earn a doctorate degree, and the first African-American President of Georgetown University (1874–1882), the Healy Fellowship is intended to further Georgetown’s commitment to creating a diverse community composed of the most qualified students. The Program is designed to help recruit and retain graduate students who are talented individuals of the highest caliber and who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue a doctoral degree. The Graduate School is committed to training diverse future faculty, researchers, and leaders who will enrich critical thinking, knowledge generation, and knowledge advancement across all disciplines. Diversity is a crucial element in preparing students for the service of others.

Healy Fellowships will be awarded to students whose background or experience, when evaluated holistically, suggests they are uniquely able to contribute to the diversity of the Georgetown community and to the academic profession as a whole. Support will be provided to Patrick Healy Fellows for twelve months per year for up to five years, assuming satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. Because departmental nominations are due in February, only applicants whose applications are complete by February 1st will be considered for departmental nomination.

GRE scores

Effective starting the 2017-2018 application cycle, we have decided to remove GREs from our application process. A growing literature makes it abundantly clear that GREs are poor predictors of graduate student success (see: Hall et al. and Moneta-Koeler et al.). Moreover, GRE scores consistently disadvantage women and individuals from underrepresented groups in science. Thus, given the poor predictive value of the GRE, we feel it only serves as an access barrier to applications as significant time and money are required for the examination and subsequent score reporting.