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The Master of Science in Physiology – Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Program requires an online application to be submitted to the Biomedical Graduate Education through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application portal. Application elements, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through the online application system. Only transcripts and test scores should be submitted independently by the applicant’s previous academic institution(s) and testing agency.

Application Requirements

Acceptance into the MS in Physiology – Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Program is competitive and consistent with other rigorous graduate degree programs in the sciences. In addition to possessing a solid undergraduate academic record, successful applicants typically have strong academic backgrounds in the basic science disciplines. 

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.

The CAM Program is ideally suited for those wishing to pursue 

  • A health profession (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, or CAM field) and want to first learn about the science of complementary therapies and the skill to assess the state of the evidence in these fields.
  • A career in law with a focus on the legal aspects of CAM.
  • A career in administrative or regulatory affairs within the CAM industry or in the public sector.
  • Additional science education relevant to practicing CAM therapies.
  • Advanced studies to obtain a doctoral degree

Application Checklist

Application Deadlines

  • Application is due May 15th for Fall Admission

Please contact the program director if you wish to submit an application after the deadline. Late applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.

Tuition & Fees

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

Tuition & Fees

Program FAQ

Find answer to our most popular questions from prospective students on application, program logistics, and career prep.

Program FAQ

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.

BGE Admissions FAQ

Additional Information

The Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program requires:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Coursework in math, physics, biology, and chemistry

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 BGE Admissions FAQ.

Applicants should submit 3 letters of recommendation. 2 of the letters of recommendation should be written by science professors.

In your academic statement of purpose, please include your interest and/or experience in complementary & alternative medicine.

Exam scores are NOT required for admission. However, if you have taken an exam already (GRE, MCAT, LSAT, etc) we encourage you to submit your score in the application.

GRE: Georgetown University Code is 5244. If the department is not listed, use the code 99 – department not listed.

MCAT: report MCAT scores through AMCAS (The American Medical College Application Service) application or email verification pdf report to

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).