The Department of Pharmacology offers a program of study leading to the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. We prepare our students for careers in pharmacology by providing a thorough foundation in the fundamental principles of pharmacological science.

We provide this framework by requiring a broad study of several major scientific areas as well as inculcating habits of self-education. We also keep in mind that our trainees are individuals needing to capitalize on their own individual interests and strengths in order to make a maximum contribution to pharmacology.

The research training of degree candidates is vital to the research interests of the faculty. One major thrust of the Department’s research is aimed at understanding the ways in which drugs affect the regulation of nervous system functions. This includes: neurotransmitter/ receptor interactions; the pharmacology of nerve terminals; the neurochemical control of obesity and pain; neurochemical aspects of neurodegenerative diseases; the role of innervation in the control of peripheral autonomic organs; and cellular signaling in pulmonary hypertension.

We also have active research programs involved with the study of cancer, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology.

The academic pursuits of the faculty cross most of the disciplinary lines of pharmacology. Research projects utilize isolated proteins and DNA, tissue cultures, tissues and organs, both isolated and in situ, experimental animals, and human subjects. Consequently, training in several areas is available.

More importantly, our students have a unique opportunity to apply information obtained from one laboratory to the problems being studied in another, becoming flexible in their thinking and in their selection of methods.

Degrees offered

  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D./M.D.

Application Deadlines

M.S. Program

Fall 2021

May 15, 2021

Ph.D. Program

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 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, although 3.4 or higher is preferred
  • The GRE is not required, but is recommended for application to the M.S. program. The MCAT is also accepted for application to the M.S. program.
  • GRE Subject Test is not required
  • Previous research experience for Ph.D. or M.S. laboratory-option


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are NOT required for applicants to the Ph.D. program.  It is highly recommended, but not required, that applicants to the M.S. program take the GRE. 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 GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT) (90 for the MS program) 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

Ph.D. Degree
  • Thirty-three credit hours if entering with a Bachelor’s degree
  • Participation in weekly seminars and journal clubs
  • Additional requirements can be found on the department’s website.
M.S. Degree
  • Thirty credit hours for both the laboratory and non-laboratory options
  • Additional requirements can be found on the department’s website.