Biostatistics Admission FAQs

General Admission Questions

The admission cycle for PhD, Masters and Certificate in Biostatistics applicants is Fall only.

The admission cycle for Certificate in Epidemiology applicants is in both Spring & Fall.

MS applicants are encouraged to apply early/before application deadlines for consideration for available Research Assistantships. 

All programs require an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal.

Applying online is simple and fast! Log into your account to check the status of materials received in support of your application.

For general admission questions, email the Biomedical Graduate Education Admissions Office at

For program specific questions, email

Unofficial transcripts are required from every institution you have earned credits and grades, including both degree and non-degree coursework. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling. Please do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. For additional details review Admissions FAQ.

Other hard copy materials should be scanned and uploaded in the Supplemental Section of the online application. No hard copies should be sent.

You can take Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics (DBBB) courses at Georgetown University without being in a degree program (non-degree). For more information, contact us by sending an email.

We invite you to contact us at or (202) 687-4114 to obtain more information, arrange a personal visit to the school or to receive our admission packet.

PhD in Biostatistics Admission Questions

  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)

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Incoming PhD students at Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) can receive merit-based aid through fellowship & assistantship awards. The awards cover tuition, stipend, student health insurance, and mandatory fees.

The purpose for the awards are to support qualified graduate students in the pursuit of their academic careers and the timely completion of their Graduate School degrees.

Conditions of this award include continued satisfactory academic progress towards the graduate degree and full-time enrollment in the PhD program.

Visit the Biomedical Graduate Education website for more information.

MS in Biostatistics Admission Questions

Three math prerequisites are required 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, email biostatistics@georgetown.eduto verify your prerequisites.

Below is a brief list of topics that should be covered in the math prerequisite courses:

Topics Covered in Math Prerequisites:
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

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the Biomedical Graduate Education scholarships while applying to the programs.

Students are also encouraged to apply to the Student Research Assistant (SRA) position for part-time academic employment.

Students also have access to the Office of Student Financial Services at Georgetown University which 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 Office of Student Financial Services at (202) 687-4547 or visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

The Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics offers financial assistance to a select number of full-time graduate students enrolled in the MS in Biostatistics program through part-time academic employment as a Student Research Assistant (SRA). The SRA position is offered and provided on a per semester basis, depending on availability of projects.

The SRA assists a faculty member with his or her research. The SRA 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. SRAs are expected to work approximately 20-hours per 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 paycheck for work completed during the part-time employment.

General Admission FAQs

Visit the Biomedical Graduate Education website for answers to more general admission FAQs.