How to Apply | PhD in Tumor Biology

The PhD Program in Tumor Biology 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

Application elements, including letters of recommendation, are required to be submitted through the online application system. Only transcripts and test scores should be submitted independently by the applicant’s previous academic institution(s) and testing agency. 

Application Checklist

Application Timeline

  • December 1st*: Application Deadline for Summer Admission
  • July 1st: Program Starts

*Please contact the program director if you wish to submit an application after the deadline. Late applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.

GU/NIH Partnership

The PhD Program in Tumor Biology participates in the GU/NIH partnership program. If interested, please apply directly to NIH for this partnership.

GU/NIH Partnership

MD/PhD Partnership

The PhD Program in Tumor Biology participates in the MD/PhD partnership program. If interested, please apply directly to SOM for this partnership.

MD/PhD Partnership

Financial Support

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

PhD Funding

Admissions FAQ

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

Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

In your Academic Statement of Purpose, please include your reasons for choosing tumor biology research as a career and your past research experience, if any.

Unofficial 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.

Do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an 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)

An unofficial transcript we do not accept includes the following:

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

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

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.

For additional questions, please visit 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).

The Washington DC area has a huge variety of types of accommodation available from relatively inexpensive to utterly unaffordable. Here is an interactive map that shows where some of our current students live, in what sort of accommodation, and how much it is costing them. You can find more information on housing here.

GRE and TOEFL Online – ETS has announced that the GRE and TOEFL exams can now be completed online for those impacted by the closure of testing centers. For more information and registration details visit the following ETS pages: TOEFL and GRE.

Duolingo English Test – Where TOEFL and IELTS tests are unavailable, PhD in Tumor Biology will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test results as proof of English proficiency for the Summer 2020 admission term.

The Duolingo English Test with the supplement of an interview will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for those applicants impacted by the COVID-19 closures.  A minimum score of 115 is required for admission, however, programs may require a higher minimum score. In addition, the Duolingo English Test is acceptable as long as it is supplemented by a face-to-face interview, a live writing sample, or both, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies.