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App Checklist: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Use the checklist below to help you navigate the application process.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Requirements

  1. Completed online application
  2. Application fee
  3. Personal statement
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (including high school or GED)
  6. English proficiency

  1. Completed online application form
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  2. $35 application fee

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  3. Personal statement
    Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this degree. Your essay should be two to three pages in length, typed, and double spaced. It should describe:
    • What you have been doing since you were last a full-time student;
    • Why you are applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program; and
    • Any other qualities that make you an ideal candidate.

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  4. Two letters of recommendation
    Through the online application portal, you will be prompted to provide the contact information for two recommenders. They will then receive an electronic request with instructions for submitting a recommendation through the application portal. The email will be sent immediately upon saving your application.
    • Recommendations should be completed by supervisors who can attest to your professional abilities.
    • Recommendations from former professors are acceptable for applicants with limited professional experience.
    • Recommenders can submit their letters before you submit your application.

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  5. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States, where credit has been earned, should be mailed to the Georgetown SCS Admissions Office. Transcripts should either be sent in an envelope sealed by the school's registrar, or via an official online transcript provider to scsadmissions@georgetown.edu.

    All U.S. institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/).

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  6. English Proficiency
    Undergraduate 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) to be considered for admission.

    Students should plan well in advance to complete the necessary tests and allow time for the Georgetown SCS Office of Admissions (institution code 5986) to receive the results.

    The BALS program does not accept IELTS scores.

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Application Resources

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Application Deadlines

Fall Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority 1 – March 1
  • Priority 2 – May 1
  • Rolling – August 1*

Spring Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority – October 15
  • Rolling – December 1

Summer Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority - February 15
  • Rolling - May 1

Please mail official transcripts to:

School of Continuing Studies Admissions Office

Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies
640 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Admissions Contacts

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

Center for Continuing and Professional Education Contacts

CCPE Email
ccpeprograms@georgetown.edu
CCPE Phone
202.687.7000

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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