Message from the Dean
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
This has been a transformative year for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies. We moved into our new, 91,000 square foot campus in downtown Washington, D.C.; launched new master’s programs in Emergency & Disaster Management and Urban & Regional Planning; developed and offered courses pro bono to over 500 furloughed workers during the government shutdown; were awarded large research grants from AARP and the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation to help grow our faculty’s research and scholarship; expanded access to an education for our bachelor’s students by offering $100,000 in funding through the Osher Reentry Scholarship and Walter Ciszek Scholarship programs; recently announced the creation of two new master’s programs in Systems Engineering Management, in partnership with the Stevens Institute of Technology, and Hospitality Management; and were recognized with the 2013 Momentum Award for Landmark Development Project by the Downtown DC Business Improvement District for our new campus’ impact on the local community.
For more than 50 years, SCS has fulfilled Georgetown University's mission of educational outreach and inclusivity by offering a wide range of degrees and applied learning experiences to a community of students and professionals. The degrees and programs found within SCS bring theory to practice through rigorous curricula led by experts in their fields, providing opportunities for students to excel academically and professionally. In keeping with Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage and values, SCS educates women and men to be self-reflective, critical thinkers who work in the service of others.
Our educational programs are recognized nationally for both their quality and breadth. The master’s in Public Relations & Corporate Communications program was named 'PR Education Program of the Year' by PRWeek for two consecutive years, in 2012 and 2013. The program was once again nominated for the 2014 award. In 2013 our master’s in Sports Industry Management program was ranked 6th among postgraduate sports programs worldwide and 4th among those offered in North America by SportBusiness International. These honors are indicative of the deep engagement with industry that is a hallmark of our Master of Professional Studies programs.
Our programs regularly host events and lectures to discuss important topics in myriad disciplines, fields and industries. In fall 2013, our master’s in Urban & Regional Planning program convened thought leaders and scholars from across the region to explore the state and practice of urban planning in Washington, D.C., and across the National Capital Region in the inaugural “Planning Washington’s Tomorrow, Today” lecture series. The School is continually evolving to meet the growing needs of students by creating new programs. In a brand new partnership between SCS and the Georgetown University Medical Center, we enrolled over 600 high school students in summer 2013 in our medical programs, where students are able to work in a hands-on laboratory setting.
I invite you to browse our website and learn more about the exciting learning opportunities offered at SCS. Whether you are interested in earning your bachelor’s degree or advancing in your career with a professional certificate or graduate degree, I am confident you will find a home at the School.
Walter Rankin, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Continuing Studies