Admission deadlines: Fall - February 1: Priority consideration for admission and funding; April 1: Guaranteed review for admission and consideration for funding, if available. (Applications for admission will continue to be accepted after April 1, when space remains available in the program.)
Spring – October 1
English Language Requirements The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Applicants to the program who do not meet minimum English language requirements may be eligible for our full-time Applied English Language program.
Recommendations required: One (1) recommendation
Prerequisite requirements: A bachelor's degree including the following courses, or equivalent: BIOC 3261; BISC 1111, 1112; CHEM 2122, 2151-52, 2153-54; PHYS 1011.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission. If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

30 credits. For non-thesis option—11 credits in required courses, 6 credits in required track, and 13 credits of electives. For thesis option—11 credits in required courses, 6 credits in required track, 6 credits in Thesis and 7 credits  of electives.

BIOC 6221Proteins, Pathways, and Human Health
BIOC 6222Biochemical Genetics and Medicine
BIOC 6223Bioinformatics
BIOC 6227Biochemistry Seminar (taken twice for a total of 2 credits)
Required for bioinformatics track
BIOC 6236Medical Genomics
BIOC 6237Proteomics and Biomarkers
BIOC 6240Next Generation Sequencing
Required for biochemistry track
BIOC 6224Molecular Biology and Protein Methods
BIOC 6260Analytic Methods for Lipids and Carbohydrates
Thesis option
Required for students selecting the thesis option:
BIOC 6999Thesis Research (repeated for total of 6 credits)
Non-thesis option: 13 credits in elective courses.
Thesis option: 7 credits in elective courses.
Comprehensive examination
All students must pass, or be exempted from, a comprehensive examination.

Students who wish to pursue the thesis option should contact the department for details.