Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, we offer only Fall admission for new students.  Note: The Certificate in Epidemiology program has Spring admission.  We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible before the stated deadlines to be considered for available Research Assistantships. This deadline coincides with the application deadline of May 15, 2017.

What are your application deadlines?
Domestic Students – May 15, 2017
International Students – May 15, 2017

Is the GRE required?
At this time, the GRE is not required, but recommended.

How do I report my GRE or TOEFL (international students only) scores?
You need to request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE or TOEFL scores to Georgetown University. To request scores, use the Georgetown Institution code, which is 5244. It is not necessary to specify any other departmental code. We are not able to accept copies or unofficial score reports. You may contact ETS at 1-800-473-2255 in regard to GRE scores and at 1-800-468-6335 regarding the TOEFL. Testing service websites are and respectively. From the time you request for your scores to be sent from ETS, it takes four to six weeks for them to be received and then processed in the admissions office. Please plan ahead!  TOEFL score minimums: 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 80 (iBT test).  IELTS minimum: 7.0

What are the prerequisites?
There are three prerequisites that need to be successfully completed with a grade of B or higher prior to matriculation: Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and a basic statistics course. If you are not sure whether you have taken the courses, please mail (4000 Reservoir Rd, NW Building D, Suite 180 Washington, DC 20057) or fax your transcripts (202-687-2581) to verify your prerequisites. Below is a brief list of topics that should be covered in the math prerequisite courses.

Topics Covered –
Linear Algebra: Linear Equations, Matrices, Matrix Decompositions, Computations, Vectors, Vector Spaces, Multilinear Algebra

Multivariable Calculus: Differential Forms, Differential Calculus of Multivariable Functions, Integral Calculus, Parametrized Curves and Surfaces, Vector Calculus, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Can I apply online?
Yes. In fact, the Graduate School now requires that applications be submitted online. Applying online is simple and fast, and you can log back into your account to see what materials we have received in support of your application. To apply online, click here. The online application page includes detailed information on the application process.

Go here for application help.

Where should I send my transcripts and any hard copy materials?
Georgetown University
Office of Biomedical Graduate Education
Atten: Credentials - BIOSTATISTICS
SE 108A Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057-1411

Is part-time study available?
Yes. Our curriculum is designed to accommodate part-time students. Many of our classes are offered early morning or later in the afternoon for the convenience of our part-time students.

What kind of financial aid/research resources do you have at Georgetown?  Where can I learn more?
The Office of Student Financial Services at Georgetown University delivers federal, state, private, and institutional funds to eligible recipients. These funds include loan, employment, grant, and scholarship assistance from both public and private sources. There are over 125 student financial assistance programs managed by or coordinated through the Office of Student Financial Services. To be considered for need-based aid please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (202) 687-4547 or visit their website at

What is the Student Research Assistant (SRA) position?
The Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics is pleased for the first time to be able to offer financial assistance to a select number of full-time graduate students enrolled in the M.S. in Biostatistics program through part-time academic employment, assisting a faculty member with his or her research. The Student Research Assistant (SRA) position is offered and provided on a per semester basis, depending on availability of projects.

The student conducts research under the supervision of a faculty member or a Principal Investigator from the Georgetown University Medical Center on a project in the supervisor’s area of expertise. The project may involve any aspect of basic science, cancer control, clinical trials, microarray analysis, population science, epidemiology, database and bioinformatics or proteomics.

The Director of Graduate Studies assigns qualified students who intend to matriculate to appropriate projects based on the students’ background and skill set. Students are expected to work approximately 20 hours a week and will be compensated up to $5,000 per semester. Note: This compensation amount is not reflected in a deduction from the student’s financial account, but is provided as a check for work completed during the part-time employment.

Can I take courses in DBBB without being a degree student?
Our department now offers a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics (15 credits) and a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology (15 credits).  We offer Fall Only admission for the Cert in Biostatistics, and Fall & Spring admission for the Cert in Epidemiology.  For more information about the two Certificate programs, please visit the Certificate Programs page

You can take courses at Georgetown University without being in a degree program. Register by downloading a registration form here and return the completed form to the School of Continuing Studies.

What's my next step?
We invite you to contact Minnie An at (202) 687-4114 to obtain more information, arrange a personal visit to the school or to receive our admission packet.