Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The courses are carefully developed to provide you with knowledge in various disciplines of informatics and Bioinformatics. The courses are a combination of lectures and rely heavily on providing extensive hands-on experience.

Visit the MS Degree Requirements page and Dual Degree Requirements page for more information.

Yes, completion of a Capstone project is part of the degree requirements. The director of the program takes a one-on-one approach by placing each student in a project that fits his or her future career goals. You can conduct your capstone at either Georgetown or NIH, FDA, Inova Fairfax hospital or any other industry in this area.

Program Fit

Georgetown University is centrally located on the banks of the Potomic River. You are close to everything practically and the reputation and ranking of the University are what attracts numbers. You get a quality education. In addition, Georgetown at this point is the only University in the Nation that offers a MS degree in Systems Medicine.

We are living in an era of “BIG DATA”. Systems medicine is an emerging biomedical field that relies on systems biology approaches and tools in using the “BIG DATA” to solve biomedical problems. With the advances in molecular biology and the sequencing of the human genome, biomedicine is being transformed and is becoming an increasingly quantitative science requiring the understanding and use of complex computational tools.

Yes. The terms Systems Medicine, Personalized and Precision medicine are being used interchangeably. Most often, Personalized Medicine (new window) is used to mean developing specialized treatments for an individual rather than a group of individuals. According to the Precision Medicine Initiative, precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. It is in contrast to a one-size- fits- all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.

This program fits any individual who wants to pursue a career in biomedical sciences be it job or pursuing higher studies. This includes pursuing a Ph.D. going to Medical school, or becoming a Nurse or going to PA school or finding a job in academics or industry. The curriculum trains you to pursue many different paths.


Yes, the Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development (CSPD) (new window) at Biomedical Graduate Education dedicate their services to working with biomedical students individually and extend their help and advice on successfully meeting your goals.

Student Experience

Absolutely! We do have student and faculty-led celebration of various festivities like DIWALI, Christmas, Chinese New Year to name a few. Visit our Life as a Systems Medicine Student page for more snapshots of our students in action.

The first batch of MS in Systems Medicine program graduated in May 2017. All the students are pursuing their dreams! After graduation, one graduate is pursuing her Ph.D., the other graduate is in PA school, and another graduate is working at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute.

The Director of the Systems Medicine Programs , Sona Vasudevan, has established collaborations with various institutions.

2017 graduates

Admissions Deadlines

Fall Semester: May 15th

Spring Semester: Nov. 1st

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