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GENERAL FAQs for MPS DEGREE PROGRAMS

What is an MPS degree?
What is required in my application?
Must I take the GRE or GMAT?
When can I apply?
Do all my application materials need to be submitted together?
What is the application fee?
When will I be notified of my admission status? When can I reapply if I am denied?
What is the total cost of the program?
Do you offer financial aid?
What are the options for veterans?
What do I need to know as an international student?
Can I defer my admission?
Can I transfer credits from another program?
Where are classes held?
When are classes held?
How long does it take to complete the program? Do I have to go through the program continuously?
May I come to tour the campus and meet the Georgetown-SCS faculty?
What resources are available to students?
Do you offer student health insurance?
Do you offer student housing?

What is an MPS degree?

A Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a master’s degree that emphasizes practical, applied skills.

What is required in my application?

You must submit: (1) a completed online application form, (2) application fee, (3) a personal statement, (4) your resume or CV, (5) two letters of recommendation, (6) official transcripts from all schools attended, and (7) your portfolio or writing sample (optional for Journalism and PR/CC applicants). More detailed requirements can be found here. There are additional application requirements for international students.

Must I take the GRE or GMAT?

Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies does not require the GRE or GMAT scores.

When can I apply?

The Master of Professional Studies program operates on a three-term academic schedule: fall, spring and summer. Students may apply prior to each term. For a complete list of application deadlines, click here. We encourage you to submit an application as early as possible for your intended term of entry. Please note that the Emergency and Disaster Management program is cohort-based so the students begin at the same time, move through as a group and have only one admissions term (Fall).

Do all my application materials need to be submitted together?

No, the application materials may be submitted separately as long as all components are received by the application deadline. All required documents can be submitted online with your application with the exception of official transcripts.

What is the application fee?

The application fee is $50.

When will I be notified of my admission status? When can I reapply if I am denied?

Admission to an SCS degree program is reviewed on a rolling basis and typically takes 4-6 weeks. You will be notified of your acceptance within the benchmarks set by the application deadline you meet. Prospective students who submit an application and are denied admission must wait one full year before reapplying. Students who reapply must submit a new application, including all supplemental materials. Their personal statement should include what they have done personally, professionally and/or academically in the last year.

What is the total cost of the program?

See tuition rates, based on cost per credit.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. You may receive information on loans and other financial assistance by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services. To determine your eligibility, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and SCS Supplemental Form. Financial aid is not available for international students.

What are the options for veterans?

Qualified military veterans can take advantage of the GI Bill or the Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more about education benefits for veterans at Georgetown University.

What do I need to know as an international student?

Graduate coursework at Georgetown University is reading-and-writing intensive and requires proficiency in written and spoken English. All applicants (regardless of citizenship) whose first language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL with a minimum score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based test), 225-250 (computer-based test), or 90-100 (iBT) or the IELTS with a minimum score range of 7.0-8.0 to be considered for admission. International students must also submit official WES or ECE evaluations of all degree-earned transcripts from outside the United States. For more information, see the section for International Students. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Can I defer my admission?

Yes. If circumstances warrant, you may defer your admission for up to one year. Please contact your Admissions Advisor to discuss this process.

Can I transfer credits from another program?

If accepted as a degree-seeking student, you may be considered for a maximum of six transfer credits completed prior to the start of your Georgetown academic program. For more information, read the section for transfer students here.

Where are classes held?

All classes are held at the new campus location at 640 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC. We are a part of the downtown neighborhood which also includes the Verizon Center and Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

When are classes held?

Classes are held during weeknight evenings to help you minimize vital time away from your job. Classes typically start after 5:00 p.m. and finish by 11:00 p.m.

How long does it take to complete the program? Do I have to go through the program continuously?

Our mission is to provide flexibility for busy professionals. Students attend part-time or full-time based on their schedule and the curriculum of their program. You have up to five years to complete the program; credits needed to graduate vary from 30-42 credits. All of the students in the Emergency and Disaster Management program complete their degree in one calendar year because it is a cohort program.

May I come to tour the campus and meet the Georgetown-SCS faculty?

We would love to show you around our campus so that you may have a better feel for both the School and your program of interest. Please schedule a time with your admissions advisor in advance.

What resources are available to students?

Resources available to SCS students include: Academic Resource Center, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, Digital Media Center, GOCard Office, Library, Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance, Office of Student Financial Services, Registrar, Veterans’ Services, and Writing Center.

Do you offer student health insurance?

Georgetown University does offer health insurance to full-time MPS students. Full-time students are those taking nine or more credit hours. Students are automatically charged the required health insurance fee on their tuition bill. Eligible students must accept or waive this insurance. Students may waive the University insurance online through Student Access + but they will have to show proof of private coverage. For more information call (202) 687-4883 or click here.

Do you offer student housing?

No, but Georgetown’s Off-Campus Housing resources are available to all Georgetown University graduate students. For more information, click here.

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Admissions Contacts

Main Admissions Email
scsadmissions@georgetown.edu
Main Admissions Phone
202.687.6299
Phone Hours
M-F 8:00am-6:00pm EST
Walk-In/Office Hours
M-F 9:00am-5:30pm
To schedule a visit please contact your Admissions Advisor.

Center for Continuing and Professional Education Contacts

CCPE Email
ccpe@georgetown.edu
CCPE Phone
202.687.8700

Summer Programs for High School Students Contacts

Summer High School Email
highschool@georgetown.edu
Summer High School Phone
202.687.7087

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