Apply to the Program

Application deadline is December 1st for summer (July) matriculation. Please note: we do not have matriculation in spring or fall.

The Ph.D. Program in Pharmacology follows the application procedures outlined by the Graduate School. Application requirements include the following:

Georgetown Graduate School Application Form (online)

  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • For the current application cycle, the PhD program in Pharmacology will not accept GRE scores.
  • 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
  • Three letters of recommendation; the program requests that students forward the following instructions to letter writers:
    • Please rate the applicant as: Exceptional, Outstanding, Very Good, Above Average, or Below Average.
    • Please 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.
    • Please comment on the applicant's drive, creativity, independence, and resilience
  • Official transcript(s) 

Transcripts are the only thing not submitted by the student through the online application system. Please have your official transcript(s) sent directly from each institution (undergraduate and graduate) to:

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

Where available, institutions may send transcripts via secure online delivery to:

For International Applicants:

  • All applicants who did not receive an undergraduate degree or higher from a school where English was the primary language of instruction must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score.  The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 (paper test) and 80 (Internet-based test).  The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.   The TOEFL code for Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University is B191.
  • We require international school transcripts (any undergraduate or graduate institution attended or currently attending) 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.

If you have any questions regarding the Georgetown University application, please contact:

The Office of Admissions for Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE)
(202) 687-3690
Please visit the FAQ page on the BGE website for answers to general admissions inquiries.

For questions regarding the Pharmacology application, please contact:

Mary Wells
Senior Academic Coordinator
(202) 687-6012

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

Patrick Forcelli, Ph.D.
Co-Director, PhD Program
(202) 687-7825

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:

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 1 February 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.