How to Apply

The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience requires an online application to be completed to the Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal. Application elements, including letters of recommendation, are required to be submitted through the online application system. Only transcripts should be submitted independently by the applicant's previous academic institution(s) and testing agency. 


Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Please do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. For additional details review BGE Admissions FAQ.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Three recommendations
  • Transcript(s)
  • IPN Supplemental Essay (maximum of 1 page) answering the following prompt: Please tell us about an incident in your research where you experienced failure. Include what you did about it and what you learned from the experience. (Upload the supplemental essay to the Supplemental Data Forms section of the Online Application.)
  • TOEFL / IELTS (if applicable)
    Georgetown University Code: 5244
    IELTS is paper-based only

    The minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper-based test) unless otherwise specified by the program. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.0 (paper-based test only).

    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).

If you have any questions regarding the Georgetown University application, please email the BGE office at or visit the Biomedical Graduate Education website. For questions regarding the IPN application, contact Kathy Maguire-Zeiss, Ph.D., Director of IPN, at or the Ludise Malkova, Ph.D., Director of Admissions, at

Visit the BGE's Tuition and Fees page and PhD Financial Support page for more information about tuition and financial assistance.

Program Statistics

Recent Student Success: Means are 5.3 years to defense, 4.7 total publications, and 2.3 first authorAlumni Careers: 66% Initially Post-Doctoral Research (Recent) and 26% Tenure-Track Faculty (Established)Current Program Diversity: 32% Under-represented minorities, 56% female students, and 32% female core facultyUniversity Support: $700K for 2016-2017 and Training Grants in Neural Plasticity and in Translational Biomedical Science

Where are our students? 66% become post-docs. 17% go into the policy field. 17% go into other career paths.

Where are our Students?
2010-2017 Alumni's First Positions

We value our students' success in our program and in their desired career afterward. Therefore, we provide our students with a variety of resources and career advancement opportunities, giving them the best opportunity to succeed.

66% of our students become post-docs.
17% of our student go into the policy field.
17% of our students explore other career paths.