Biotechnology is a dominant sector of the global economy.  Advances fueled by the biotechnology industry have revolutionized health care, agriculture and environmental remediation in the 21st century.  Over the past several decades there have been major expansions in the field of biotechnology, which has affected many aspects of our lives and society.

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers a program of study leading to the M.S. degree in Biotechnology (, whose curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology, integrating theoretical and lab-based science courses with dedicated courses in BioBusiness, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, regulatory affairs, etc. The one–year (30-credit) program may be completed over a longer time frame for students who are already employed or wish to complete the program on a part-time basis.

The M.S. Biotechnology offers five different tracks (see website:

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021

November 1, 2020

Fall 2021

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.

General Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required
  • GRE General Test is not required
  • Previous research or other work experience is taken into account

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 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

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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 (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (2)
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)
  • Interview (by invitation only)

The academic Statement of Purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the Biotechnology graduate program (maximum 500-words).