Systems Medicine


Georgetown University offers an M.S. program in Systems Medicine and a dual degree program in M.S. in Systems Medicine/M.D. doctoral program (with the Georgetown University School of Medicine).

Systems medicine is an emerging biomedical field that relies on systems biology and –omics approaches and tools in solving biomedical problems.

The M.S. program in Systems Medicine is housed in the Department of Biochemistry. This unique program is open to any student interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Systems Medicine. Students in this program will be introduced to advances in the “-omics”, to the emerging tools in the field and how to integrate their use in clinical practice, and to the legal, social, and ethical implications of research and clinical practice in the era of systems medicine.

The M.D./M.S. Dual degree program in Systems Medicine is Offered jointly through the School of Medicine. This program is designed for current Georgetown medical students interested in taking a leadership role in bringing systems medicine into biomedical science and clinical practice, and setting the stage for bridging research and clinical care.

Using recent technological advances, we train the future generation of biomedical medical scientists to use these new “–omic” tools to develop better diagnostic capabilities, better predictive outcomes, and more effective treatment strategies leading to significantly improved patient care. On the research end, this will lead to better biomarkers.

More detailed information about the program can be found on the department’s Systems Medicine website.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • M.S./M.D.

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.

Application Materials required:

  • Please see this page for specifics: 


  • 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 (2 required)
  • Official Score Report for the GRE General Test  (this is optional, please see below)
  • Official Score Report for the TOEFL/IELTS (please see below)

The 500-word academic statement of purpose should describe your academic and professional goals and their fit with the Systems Medicine 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
  • GRE General Test scores of 1250 (combined) or higher for the Verbal and Quantitative sections, and 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section, are preferred.  The GRE is not required, but is recommended 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 Systems Medicine M.S. program.  However, if applicants wish to submit GRE scores as optional, they may do so.  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 90 (iBT) 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

  • M.S.:   30 credit hours.

Additional M.S. degree requirements can be found on the department’s Systems Medicine program website.

  • M.S./M.D. dual degree

This dual program is designed for students already accepted to medical school, who will take an additional year beyond the four required for the traditional M.D. degree. The program will educate physicians who will understand and apply new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and prediction to prevent or delay disease manifestation and/or to improve clinical outcomes for patients.  Please see the additional detailed degree requirements on the department’s Systems Medicine program (M.S./M.D.) website.