PhD Program in Biology

Biology Program Statistics

Program Timeline

Average time to degree: 5.3 years

Alumni Careers

Percentage of graduates in post-doctoral or permanent positions: 94%

Graduate Publications

Average publications after completion of program: 3.8 per person

PhD Program

The Department of Biology introduces graduate students to diverse fields of biological science, and provides them with expert guidance to excel in research. The department is also invested in training students to become effective science communicators and pedagogical instructors.

Some graduates from our program become academics, while others find careers in government, private industry, public policy, or elsewhere (see where recent graduates are now). We believe the ability to communicate ideas and research results clearly and convincingly is key to success in any career.

We foster interactions between graduate students and faculty as well as within the community of graduate students themselves. Click here to see our current students.

Professors and current students share their perspective of Georgetown’s cutting edge biology graduate program.

Current Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

Recent Graduate Students

Recent Graduate Students

Graduate Students Publications

Graduate Students Publications

Applicants

Applicants

Potential applicants are urged to identify and contact potential research mentors directly before applying. Please refer to the list of faculty interested in accepting students for the fall of 2022. Not all laboratories will have open positions available for a new graduate student in a given year.

Financial support

Students who are accepted into our doctoral program are guaranteed five years of full funding. Stipend rates are set in compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated by Georgetown University and the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees, the graduate student labor union. You can read more here about what it means to do a PhD in a union-protected graduate program. Biology graduate students are paid on 12-month contracts and will be paid a minimum yearly stipend of $36,934 in the 2022-2023 academic year. The department provides full tuition waivers for all students for the duration of the program; graduate students do not pay any tuition or fees. Students in the PhD program are also provided free student health insurance, free dental insurance, and free use of the Yates athletic facility. Please read the Graduate Funding Opportunities for more information.


How to Apply

Learn about the application process and requirements

How to Apply

Curriculum

Find the degree requirements for the program

Curriculum

Courses

Find the list of required and elective courses for the degree program

Courses

Graduate Research Opportunities

Learn about the research programs that the department of Biology offers and find out which programs are recruiting graduate students.

Research

Graduate Teaching Opportunities

Find out about the many opportunities that are offered to graduate students to develop teaching and mentoring skills.

Teaching

Graduate Funding Opportunities

Learn about the additional funds from the GU Graduate School offered to help support graduate dissertation research or travel to meetings.

Funding