The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology is a thriving, dynamic center of excellence located in the School of Medicine. Having recently undergone a major expansion including the addition of a number of new and established investigators to the faculty, the department encompasses laboratories covering a wide range of research areas.

Basic, applied and translational projects are available on many topics, including:

  • Detection of biological agents such as anthrax
  • The biochemistry and immunology of the malarial parasite
  • The effects of environmental agents such as heavy metals and phytoestrogens on the endocrine system
  • Cellular responses to environmental stresses
  • Biochemistry of DNA replication, recombination and repair
  • Neuronal development and disease
  • Steroid biosynthesis, metabolism and regulation in health and disease
  • The effects of various agents on development, differentiation and carcinogenic transformation
  • Bioinformatics, which is the home to the Protein Information Resource (PIRTM)

These investigations are enriched through a broad range of collaborative studies with laboratories at the nearby National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Defense and the private sector in the Washington metropolitan area.

This allows access to an extremely wide spectrum of expertise and state-of-the-art technologies. The department prepares students for successful careers as independent investigators in biomedical sciences and the biotechnology industry and for other advanced degrees in science and medicine.

The Ph.D. program is geared towards students with a background or particular interest in areas such as molecular mechanisms, proteomics or biophysics. Faculty research interests include detection of biological agents such as anthrax, the biochemistry and immunology of the malarial parasite, and cellular responses to environmental stresses.

Through its unique coursework and unparalleled research opportunities, the MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at Georgetown delineates the ideal path toward a career in medicine that is fueled by the pursuit of biomedical research questions in the context of human diseases.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D./M.D.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021 (MS)

November 1, 2020

Summer 2021 (Ph.D.)

December 1, 2020

Fall 2021 (MS)

May 15, 2021

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.


Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate Education page.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Passport style/sized photo (approximately 2″ x 2″)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (2)
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)
  • GRE or MCAT optional but recommended (PhD only; see below)
  • Publication Reprints (if available)
  • Interview (by invitation only)

The 500-word academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the biomedical graduate program.

General Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though 3.5 or higher is preferred
  • Previous research experience
  • Publications


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or MCAT is optional but recommended for all Ph.D. applicants; M.S. applicants are not required to take the test. (Scores should 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.)  Georgetown University’s GRE score reporting code is 5244. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:


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 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is 5244. TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements


  • Thirty credit hours


  • Thirty-two credit hours (for students with a bachelor’s degree — students with advanced degrees may be required to complete fewer credits.)
  • Participation in Journal Club and weekly seminars
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive exam
  • Successful defense of a thesis
  • Publication of at least one first author paper