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The Department of Biology offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree with research emphasis in:

  • Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology
  • Ecology, evolution and behavioral biology
  • Parasitology
  • Developmental biology and neurosciences

It has nationally recognized research programs funded by major governmental organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with additional support from local and national granting organizations.

Ph.D. students take innovative first-year courses that provide a strong foundation in contemporary biological concepts, as well as a personalized set of courses related to their intellectual goals. In addition to receiving intensive research training, students obtain faculty-assisted education in the development of teaching skills and scientific communication.

Degrees Offered

Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2019

December 15, 2018 

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please review the program's website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts - required from all institutions from which the applicant has or will earn a degree (undergraduate, graduate, and/or associates) by the time of matriculation at Georgetown; unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Scores  (Biology subtest recommended)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, standardized tests (see below) and an application fee.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - Biology Program
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. The Biology subtest is also recommended. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores.  Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:   http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

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). 

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (iBT test)  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org.

Degree Requirements

  • 16 credit hours of coursework
  • Qualifying and comprehensive examinations
  • Successful completion and defense of a dissertation

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