|Fall – December 1
|Standardized test scores:
|The GRE general exam is not required.
|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 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
|- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
|- PTE Academic: 68;
|Three (3) recommendations
|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.
|A bachelor's degree in biological sciences, chemistry, or a related field.
|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.
|An interview is required.
|A Curriculum Vitae is required.
|International applicants only:
|Please follow this link - https://columbian.gwu.edu/international-graduate-applicants - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents 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.
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.
72 credits, including required core, dissertation, and elective coursework. Successful completion of a grant-style qualifier examination is required for advancement to candidacy. In addition, students perform full-time research in faculty laboratories for the duration of their program.
Students are advised to complete 45 credits in the first two years of PhD study comprising required interdisciplinary core courses, required cancer biology core courses, electives, and advanced readings and research. Upon successful completion of the grant-style qualifier, students register for up to 27 credits of dissertation research through completion and successful oral defense of a written dissertation.
|Required interdisciplinary core *
|Genes to Cells
|Lab Rotations (taken three times for a total of 6 credits)
|Scientific Writing, Presentation Skills, and Seminar Planning
|Ethics and Grant Writing
|Career Options in the Biomedical Sciences
|Molecular Basis of Human Disease
|Applied Biostatistics for Basic Research
|Required cancer biology core *
|Cancer Biology Seminar (Taken two times for a total of two credits)
|The Basic Science of Oncology
|Molecular Oncology and Cancer Epigenetics
|Immunology and Immunotherapy of Cancer
|14 credits elective courses selected in consultation with graduate program advisor.
|Clinically Oriented Human Embryology
|Clinically Oriented Human Microscopic Anatomy
|Human Clinical Neuroanatomy
|Fundamentals of Translational Science
|Advanced Studies in Translational Sciences
|Projects in Anatomical Sciences: Introduction to Neuroradiology
|Next Generation Sequencing
|Bioscience Big Data Statistics
|Molecular and Cellular Signaling
|Writing the Grant-Style Qualifier
|IBS Research Practicum
|Advanced Reading and Research
|Proteomics and Biomarkers
|Introduction to Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
|Computational Biology and Bioinformatics: Principles and Practices
|Tropical Infectious Diseases
|Infection and Immunity
|Molecular and Cellular Immunology
|Advanced Topics in Immunology
|HIV Persistence, Comorbidities, and Treatment
|Foundations of Experimental Neuroscience I
|Foundations of Experimental Neuroscience II
|Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
|Advanced Professional and Communication Skills
|Molecular Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Excitable Tissues
|Public Health Microbiology
|Public Health Virology
|Public Health Genomics
|Dissertation Research (taken for 6 to 27 credits)
|*Required courses may be waived at the discretion of the graduate program director based on written documentation of prior equivalent coursework. Any waiver increases the number of elective courses required by the number of credits waived.