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The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Data Science requires an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal.
Applicants must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Medicine or related fields from an accredited college or university. The Admissions Committee makes all admission recommendations on a case-by-case basis. Every applicant that meets the criteria will be interviewed by the HIDS Admissions Committee as part of the application process.
Preference will be given to students with technical degrees or with some coursework/work experience in computer programming. Students with excellent credentials possessing a non-technical degree will be required to provide proof to meet programming requirements. For example, certificates from Massive Open Online Courses (e.g. edX), a GitHub page displaying code that they have created will be acceptable to demonstrate competency.
- Online Application
- 4-year Bachelor’s degree*
- Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Statement of Purpose
- Non-refundable Application Fee
- Documentation of Programming Experience
- GRE Score (not required)
Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
- TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable)
TOEFL: Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
IELTS: Georgetown Univ. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
- Priority deadline is May 15 for Fall admission*
- Final deadline is July 1 for Fall admission
*International applicants are encouraged to apply by the May 15 priority deadline to allow sufficient time to apply for a U.S. visa.
For international students, the visa application process can take weeks or months and varies based on your country of origin. To help ensure that students receive their visas in time for registration, the program suggests that applications to the program should be completed by May 15 priority deadline. In the event that visas are not received in time, students may defer their admissions and delay their arrival to the following fall term with no additional charge.
**We highly encourage students with international credentials to have their transcripts evaluated by WES (new window) or another NACES (new window) credential evaluation service. For WES evaluation, please type in “Georgetown University” for the institution/company. For School/Division, select “Biomedical Graduate Education” as the recipient.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees information can be found on the Biomedical Graduate Education website.
Merit-based tuition scholarships are available for students enrolled in our biomedical graduate programs.
Go to the Admissions FAQ page for additional admission and application information.
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.
You must upload electronic or scanned copies of your transcripts (as detailed below) into the application portal for review by the admissions committee; do not order official transcripts to be sent directly to us from your institution(s) until you receive an official 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).
Transcript formats we do not accept include the following:
- We do not accept screenshots or photos.
- We do not accept downloads of the “student’s view” from your institution’s website.
Samples of Acceptable vs. Unacceptable Transcripts for Applications Submission:
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.
NOTE: Applicants who are offered admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling.
For additional questions, please visit Admissions FAQ.
Applicants should demonstrate their knowledge of programming languages, preferably Python, R, and SQL. Certificates from Massive Open Online Courses (e.g. edX), a student GitHub page displaying code that they have created, and other similar documents will be acceptable to demonstrate competency.
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).