App Checklist: Master of Professional Studies

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

Requirements for Master's Degrees

  1. Completed online application
  2. Application fee
  3. Personal statement
  4. Resume or CV
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions

Additional Requirements

  1. A completed application form
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  2. $50 application fee

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  3. Personal statement
    Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this specific master's degree. It should be two to three pages, typed, and double-spaced. It should describe:
    • The specific academic and professional qualities you possess that could help you excel within this program;
    • What goals you hope to achieve if you are accepted into this specific program; and
    • Any other qualities that make you an ideal candidate.

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  4. Resume or CV
    Your resume or CV should be no longer than two pages.

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  5. 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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  6. 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
    • Your transcript must state the degree and degree conferral date for it to be considered official.
    • Undergraduate students should be in their final semester before applying. Transcripts from schools where students are currently enrolled need to contain all final grades and classes in progress.
    • All U.S. institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (

    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions outside of the United States, where credit has been earned, should be evaluated by WES ( or ECE ( Applicants should request the course-by-course evaluation. It is not necessary to send additional copies of your official transcripts.

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  7. Writing samples for communications degrees
    Writing samples can include published or unpublished works. Applicants can also submit links to video or photography work.
    • Journalism: Writing samples can include blog posts, essays, or articles. 
    • Public Relations & Corporate Communications: Writing samples can include press releases, communication plans, or opinion editorials. 
    • Integrated Marketing Communications: Writing samples can include consumer research, marketing communications plans, or creative strategies. 
    • Global Strategic Communications: Writing samples can include comprehensive campaign plans, or strategy documents. 

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  8. English proficiency
    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 one of the following English proficiency examinations:

    • TOEFL: minimum score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based test), 225-250 (computer-based test), or 90-100 (iBT)
    • IELTS: minimum score in the range of 7.0-8.0

    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.

    There are additional requirements for international applicants.

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Georgetown SCS offers online courses in some of its Master of Professional Studies programs to residents of most states and select countries. Please review the Important Policies for Online Students page to determine if Georgetown SCS can offer online coursework in your desired program at this time. 

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

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