How to Apply | Certificate Programs

The Online Executive Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality and the Online Executive Certificate in Healthcare Safety & Leadership require an online application to be submitted to Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts & Sciences application portal. Application elements, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through the online application system.

Application Requirements

Applicants are to submit all required credentials and supporting documentation no later than the application deadlines listed below.

Non-U.S. citizens: Due to the nature of the fully online certificate programs, non-U.S. citizens need to do all coursework from outside the United States, or be here in the U.S. under a non-student visa that allows incidental study. For more information, please email

Our fully online certificate programs can admit domestic and international applicants. 

The programs can admit applicants in U.S. states that are members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Please visit the NC-SARA website for a list of current member states.

Georgetown University does not currently accept applications or enrollment requests for online programs from residents of the following countries:

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Ukraine (Crimea and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) within Ukraine)
  • China
  • Taiwan

Georgetown University does not currently accept applications or enrollment requests for online programs from non-U.S. citizens who are residents of the following countries:

  • Canada (Exception: Online format is available for residents of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec)
  • Germany
  • Kenya
  • Spain

Non-U.S. citizens: Due to the nature of the fully online certificate programs, non-U.S. citizens need to do all coursework from outside the United States, or be here in the U.S. under a non-student visa that allows incidental study. For more information, please email

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • 4-year Bachelor’s Degree*
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • Transcript(s)
    • WES or another NACES credential evaluation service is highly recommended for international transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • GRE Score (not required)
    Georgetown Univ. Code: 5244
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (if applicable)
    TOEFL: Georgetown Univ. Code for BGE: 5244
    IELTS: Georgetown Univ. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Application Deadlines

  • Application is due July 1st for Fall Admission
  • Application is due November 1st for Spring Admission

Applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.

*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.

Tuition & Fees

Merit-Based Scholarship

Merit-based tuition scholarships are available for students enrolled in our biomedical graduate programs.

Tuition Scholarship

Admissions FAQ

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

Admissions FAQ

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Additional 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:

Acceptable Transcript
Acceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript
Unacceptable Transcript

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.

Statement of Purpose

Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this specific certificate and why you are a strong candidate for the program. Your response should be one to two pages, typed, and double-spaced. Please address the following questions in your response:

  • What are the specific academic and professional qualities you possess that could help you excel within this program?
  • What goals do you hope to achieve if you are accepted into this program?

Tips for Statements of Purpose (Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies)

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).

This online program/course will use the following platforms: [Canvas, YouTube, Google Drive, etc]. Students should confirm that they have a reliable internet connection and the ability to access each of these platforms before applying/registering. While every effort is made to ensure course content and materials can be accessed by all students, it is not guaranteed. A variety of circumstances may affect the ability to access course content and materials, including internet access issues, firewalls, and hardware limitations. Students who are unable to access course content and materials will not be able to complete the program/course, and will receive a refund consistent with Georgetown’s refund policy.