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The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) 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

Applicants are to submit all required credentials and supporting documentation no later than the application deadlines listed below. Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. You can begin the application process at any time and save your progress until you are ready to submit your completed application.

Application Checklist

Application Timeline

  • December 1st*: Application Deadline for Summer Admission
  • January – March: Interviews
  • Late March: Final Decision
  • April 15th: Applicant must notify the program of their decision
  • 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.

*We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees information can be found on the Biomedical Graduate Education website.

Tuition & Fees

Financial Support

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

PhD Funding

IPN Admissions FAQ

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

IPN Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

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 BGE Admissions FAQ.

IPN Supplemental Essay is a maximum of one page. Please answer 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. Please upload the supplemental essay to the Neuroscience Supplemental Information section of the Online Application.

Georgetown University Code is 5244. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 (Internet-based test) and 550 (paper test). 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).

Each year, we receive applications for admission from many more competitive applicants than we are able to accept. Because our program is largely funded by several NIH training grants which are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, we give priority to domestic applicants and international applicants with fellowships from their home country (see below), before giving consideration to our pool of international applicants that require full financial support from our program. In the past several years, we have offered acceptance with full financial support to only an exceptional few international applicants (less than one out of 30), with preference given to applicants who have graduated from a university in the U.S. or Canada, and who are able to attend an interview session at Georgetown.

The cost of attending the Georgetown Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience for international students, including tuition, fees, and reasonable living expenses, is found here. If an outstanding international student is the recipient of a fellowship award from their home country or other agency that covers at least 60% of these expenses for the first two years in the program, it is often possible for our program to make the necessary arrangements to cover the remaining expenses. We strongly encourage all international students to apply for such fellowships and we will be pleased to offer qualified applicants whatever support and endorsement is needed during the fellowship application process.

Our program participates in special partnerships with El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) to jointly fund Mexican students enrolled in our doctoral program, and with El Ministerio de Planificación (MIDEPLAN), the national planning agency of the Chilean government, to jointly fund Chilean students enrolled in our doctoral program.