The Neuroscience Program is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program designed to support, educate and train students in the neurosciences.

The curriculum includes coursework coupled with several research laboratory experiences in the first two years. The student then progresses into a specialized research project culminating in the writing and defense of a doctoral thesis.

In general, dissertation research projects are keyed to the research interests of the faculty. These interests are broad as there are over 50 members of the faculty who have their primary appointments in a wide range of different departments, including biology, cell biology, medicine, microbiology and immunology, neurology, neuroscience, oncology, pediatrics, pharmacology, physiology and biophysics, psychiatry and psychology.

Molecular and cellular approaches are applied toward the understanding of neuroplasticity; neurological and psychiatric disorders; cognition; and regulation of immune, endocrine and autonomic functions.

Concentration in Cognitive Science
Furthermore, Ph.D. Neuroscience applicants can choose to apply for a concentration in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of the mind and deals with the nature of perception, motor organization, memory, language, thinking, consciousness, and learning and development.  It investigates these topics from a number of methodological perspectives, including behavioral evidence for how these systems operate and formal, symbolic, and biological evidence on the computational and neural machinery that underlies them. Research on these topics comes centrally from several traditionally distinct fields: psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and neuroscience. Other relevant disciplines – biology, anthropology, economics, and decision sciences – are also part of this burgeoning field. Neuroscience students in the Cognitive Science concentration at Georgetown will obtain their Ph.D. in Neuroscience and will also develop an individualized interdisciplinary program of study, with a supervisory committee of faculty who come from their fields of interest.

For more information, please see the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Concentration in Cognitive Science (ICCS) page at:

Degrees Offered

  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D./M.D.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2021

December 1, 2020

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 pages at You may also review the Neuroscience admissions page.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV (including publications, if applicable)
  • 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
  • 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.

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 is not required.  GRE Subject Test is NOT required.
    • Previous research experience
    • Publications (preferred)


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) IS NOT required from applicants. However, applicants may submit test scores if desired.  They 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.  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: (new window)

Degree Requirements

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for all coursework.
  • Journal club and research seminars must be attended.
  • Forty credits, which do not include credit for the thesis research or research rotation.