How to Apply | PhD in Biostatistics

The Ph.D. Program in Biostatistics requires an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal.

Application Requirements

As a graduate program within the Georgetown University Graduate School, the Ph.D. Program in Biostatistics within the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics is subject to all pertinent University rules and regulations.  Applicants for admission must meet certain eligibility requirements set by the Graduate School and the Graduate Program.  Applicants are admitted by the Dean of the Graduate School.  Admitted applicants who confirm their intended enrollment will be eligible to participate in graduate student orientation and registration activities. 

The Ph.D. Admission Committee consists of faculty assisted by a program coordinator.  The Admissions Committee will review the applications, select candidates for interviews, and make admission decisions and recommendations for financial support.

The application cycle for the Biostatistics Ph.D. program is available in the Fall only.

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0), that includes:
    • Strong coursework in Multi-variable Calculus and Linear Algebra (with grades of B or better)
    • Introductory course in Statistics or Biostatistics (with grades of B or better)
  2. Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0), in a Quantitative Area:
    • Biostatistics, Statistics or Mathematics
    • OR, other Quantitative Areas (e.g., Economics, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, etc.), that includes strong coursework in:  
      • Statistical Inference (with grades of B or better)
      • Statistical Modeling (with grades of B or better) 
  3. Minimum Quantitative GRE Score of 155 (new score) or 700 (old score)

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree*
  • Master’s degree*
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • Transcript(s)
    • WES or another NACES credential evaluation service is highly recommended for international transcripts*
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • GRE Score (Recommended GRE Score is 155)
    Georgetown Univ. Code: 5244
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable)
    TOEFL: Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
    IELTS: Georgetown Univ. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Application Deadlines

  • Application is due December 1st for Fall Admission

*We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES (new window)or another NACES (new window) credential evaluation service. For WES evaluation, please type in “Georgetown University” for the institution/company. For School/Division, select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as the recipient.

Financial Support

View full tuition coverage, competitive stipend support, and health insurance benefits.

PhD Funding

Biostatistics Admissions FAQ

Go to the Admissions FAQ page for additional admission and application information.

Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

Transcripts are required from every institution you have earned credits and grades, including both degree and non-degree coursework. This allows the admissions committee to have a more complete picture of your academic preparation for graduate study.

You must upload electronic or scanned copies of your transcripts (as detailed below) into the application portal for review by the admissions committee; do not order official transcripts to be sent directly to us from your institution(s) until you receive an official offer of admission.

An acceptable transcript upload is a copy of an official transcript produced by the institution. This includes:

  • Scanned copies of paper transcripts issued by the institution.
  • Electronic transcripts issued by the institution (not a download from your institution’s web portal).

Transcript formats we do not accept include the following:

  • We do not accept screenshots or photos.
  • We do not accept downloads of the “student’s view” from your institution’s website.

Samples of Acceptable vs. Unacceptable Transcripts for Applications Submission:

Example Acceptable Transcript
Acceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript

For Transcripts Not in English:
These documents must be accompanied by an English language version provided by the academic institution. If your institution does not provide English language copies, applicants are responsible for providing a certified or notarized translation along with a copy of the original transcripts. Applicants may upload an evaluation from a credential evaluation service. This must include course and grade information. If not included in the evaluation, the transcript from the institution must be included as well. Both the evaluation and original transcript should be submitted in the application as one document.

NOTE: Applicants who are offered admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling.

For additional questions, please visit BGE Admissions FAQ.

TOEFL: Georgetown University Code is 5244. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper test).

IELTS: Select “Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.” The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0.

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).