Applying for Admission

All applicants must complete the GW Online Application

Application Deadline

Applications for the following Fall semester open in June each year and close early December.  Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline below.

  • Fall 2023: Applications can be submitted June 1-December 1, 2022
  • Fall 2024: Applications can be submitted June 1-December 1, 2023

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:

General Admission Requirements

1. Minimum Overall GPA of 3.0

2. Education Requirements

  • Completion of a graduate degree (minimum Master's-degree) from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program or entry-level professional doctorate (MD, PA, DPT, OTD, MSN, DNP) in biomedical science or a health related field.
  • Provide evidence of health-related practice, leadership, or research.
  • Successful completion (B- or better) of 3 credits each of graduate-level epidemiology and biostatistics within 5 years of the date of application. The biostatistics course must include multiple regression and logistic (logit) regression.
    • Applicants who have not completed these two courses may be able to do so online through GW once admitted to the PhD program but prior to full matriculation. This is considered a conditional acceptance pending the successful completion of all pre-requisites. Early application submission is strongly encouraged. Please contact the program coordinator for details.

2. Resume

Attach your current resume or CV that demonstrates experience in basic or clinical sciences, biomedical sciences, community health, or health services research and policy or significant clinical research.

3. Recommendations

Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. Letters of recommendation should be from:

  • Academic instructor who can strongly attest to your academic ability, and/or
  • Individual who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic
  • Letters of Recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead and be signed by the reference. 

Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

4. Official Transcripts

Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to the following address:

The George Washington University
Health Sciences Admissions
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite T104
Washington, DC 20037

All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency.

5. Comprehensive Essay

This personal statement should be concise, clear, and demonstrate good writing skills. The statement may not exceed 1000 words.

6. English Language Test

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0

International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:

  • They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

7. Interview

All potential doctoral students will be interviewed by members of the admissions committee. Interviews will discuss the applicant's understanding of translational science, broad topical areas of interest as a potential dissertation focus, and the applicants fit within faculty research. Interviews are granted on an invitation-only basis.