FAQ for Master's Degrees
What is an MPS degree?
What is required in my application?
Are GRE or GMAT scores required?
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?
- A Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a master’s degree that emphasizes practical, applied skills. MPS degrees teach students industry specific knowledge with the goal of helping them in their current careers, or in a career they are aiming to pursue. Along with an academic balance of theoretical and applied knowledge, MPS degrees also provide students with ample opportunities to network with other students and faculty who work in their field. According to a report by the Education Advisory Board (EAB), within the next seven years master's degrees will account for nearly a third of all postsecondary degrees.
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- 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.
- Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies does not require the GRE or GMAT scores.
- 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).
- 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.
- The application fee is $50.
- 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.
- See tuition rates, based on cost per credit.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yes. If circumstances warrant, you may defer your admission for up to one year. Please contact your Admissions Advisor to discuss this process.
- You may transfer in up to six credits. You will need to be admitted before eligibility can be determined. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 an appointment with your admissions advisor in advance.
- 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.
- Georgetown University does offer health insurance to full-time MPS students who apply to the on-ground modality. Full-time students are those taking nine or more credit hours.
- Georgetown University does not offer health insurance to admitted online students.
- 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 their MyAccess account, but they will have to show proof of private coverage. For more information call (202) 687-4883 or click here.
- No, but Georgetown’s Off-Campus Housing resources are available to all Georgetown University graduate students. For more information, click here.
Center for Continuing and Professional Education Contacts
- CCPE Email
- CCPE Phone
Summer Programs for High School Students Contacts
- Summer High School Email
- Summer High School Phone