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The graduate Biostatistics Program helps students to first build a solid knowledge in biostatistics and then to choose a specialty in either epidemiology or bioinformatics. The program aims to train individuals who will bring their biostatistical expertise to these related fields and who will be able collaborate on a wide range of biomedical projects.

This program provides integrated training in computational, quantitative and biomedical sciences to support health-related research performed in academia, government and industry. Students not only acquire the quantitative and computational tools that underpin epidemiology and bioinformatics, but they also gain substantive exposure to applications of these tools to biological and health sciences.

Today's life-science research demands a wider synthesis of skills from multiple disciplines than ever before. To address this need, it is essential to train individuals who focus on data-analysis and informatics tools and exploit databases for broad-based biomedical information. Individuals educated in these areas will be invaluable members of the kinds of interdisciplinary teams required to solve many current and future problems in health sciences.

Note:  A Ph.D. and an M.S. degree program is offered, as well as a non-degree Certificate program.  The following information is for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs.  Information about the Certificate program is located at the bottom of this page.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate program      Information about the Certificate program is located at the bottom of this page.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2019

December 1, 2018 (Ph.D.)

May 15, 2019 (M.S., Certificate)

Application Requirements

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

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate Education pages at http://biomedicalprograms.georgetown.edu/admissions/.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • 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 (required for Ph.D. applicants)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, a resume or CV, standardized tests (see below), and an application fee. Applicants should have a basic course in statistics, calculus of several variables and matrix algebra. Alternative combinations of coursework and/or experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Degree Requirements

  • Thirty-two credit hours
  • Internship (waived for part-time students who use biostatistics in their places of employment)
  • Attendance at departmental seminars

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

Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education
Attn: Credentials - (Biostatistics)
Box 571411-M
SE108 Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, DC  20057-1411

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for Ph.D. applicants. Information on 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 GRE or 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).  The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is B191.  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 

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

This certificate program is designed to supplement and build on the knowledge of working professionals who desire additional training in biostatistics. It will also cater to students who wish to further their knowledge in the field by immersing themselves for one academic year in preparation for other graduate of professional degrees.

Students will be required to complete a minimum of 15 credits in a combination of lecture courses chosen by the student. Courses will be selected from the current Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics offerings.

A full-time student will be able to complete the Biostatistics Certificate Program in two semesters, while a part-time student may finish within four semesters. Students will be admitted for the fall and spring semesters.

CERTIFICATE Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

May 15, 2018

CERTIFICATE Application Requirements

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

Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate Education pages at http://biomedicalprograms.georgetown.edu/admissions.

In addition to the application form, prospective certificate students should submit the following:

  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (2)
  • TOEFL/IELTS (required for all non-native English speakers, see below)

*Address intellectual interests and professional and academic goals. Carefully explain how the Biostatistics certificate specifically fits into your future academic and professional plans (not to exceed 500 words)

Choose your certificate program on the online application from under the Department “Certificate Programs”

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

     Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Biomathematics
     Georgetown University Medical Center
     Building D, Room 180
     4000 Reservoir Road, N.W.
     Washington, DC 20057

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:  TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & 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. All other non-native speakers 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.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based tests) 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/

For more information about this certificate program, please visit the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics.