Georgetown’s Department of Cell Biology is focused on preparing students to become highly productive scientists, well acquainted with fundamental concepts and problems of biological organization.
Research is the key activity of our graduate students and their entire program of study focuses on this. In anticipation of laboratory work, students spend the first year acquiring a thorough grounding in the basic sciences. During this time, they are also introduced to the variety of laboratory settings in the department by participating in laboratory projects with faculty members. These projects can be grouped roughly in the areas of cell biology, reproductive and developmental biology and tumor biology.
Research activities also span a broad range of biological problems, from the molecular to the organismal level. Thus, students might participate in such things as gene cloning, purification of proteins, preparation of monoclonal antibodies, computer analysis of light or electron micrographs, biochemical or immunological ‘dissection’ of cell systems or electrophysiological recording from single cells or cell groups.
Considering their interests, students concentrate their research efforts on an original problem of biological significance and are taught to make use of a wide spectrum of techniques, classic and modern, appropriate to the problem on which they are working.
December 1, 2019
Please check department website for any deadline extensions.
Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.
PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
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
- Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
Unofficial Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
- Official Recommendations
- Official Score Report for the GRE General Test
- Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS (please 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.
Download the appropriate supplemental data form from the biomedical graduate education page at: http://biomedicalprograms.georgetown.edu/admissions
- Thirty-two graduate level credits, or two semesters of graduate level courses (students entering with an advanced degree may require fewer credit hours)
- All students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0
- Students must participate in cell biology journal clubs and seminars throughout their graduate tenure
- Completion of three laboratory rotations within one year of admission
- Completion of a qualifying examination, consisting of both written and oral components, within two years of admission
- Preparation and defense of a dissertation proposal within three years of admission
- Submission of a research dissertation
- Publication of one original research paper
General Qualifications and Prerequisites
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though 3.5 or higher is preferred
- GRE General Test scores of 1300 (combined) or higher for the Verbal and Quantitative sections, and 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section, are preferred
- GRE Subject Test (Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology) is suggested, but not required; score of 650 or higher preferred
- Previous research experience
- Publications (preferred)
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, though 3.5 or higher is preferred
GRE – GRADUATE RECORD EXAM
Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. 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. Georgetown University’s GRE score reporting code is 5244. 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 GRE or 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: 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