Admissions

How to Apply for: Master's Degree Programs

Thank you for your interest in the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown. We welcome applications from qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

International candidates with the equivalent of an American bachelor's degree are also encouraged to apply. Please review the steps below and the tabs across the top of the page for more information.

Required Documents for Degree Seeking Applicant:
  1. A completed application form
  2. A $50 application fee
  3. Essays
    A. For Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Applicants: 2 Essays
    1. Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree.  Your essay should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, and proofed for errors. Please describe the specific academic and/or professional qualities you possess that could help you excel in this degree program; what goals you hope to achieve if you are accepted into this program; and any other qualities that make you a good candidate overall. Describe a personal achievement of which you are particularly proud.
    2. Using a book of your choice, write an essay (about 5 pages typewritten, double-spaced) in which you describe the author's central argument, proposal, or theme. Please be sure to describe how this is developed in the book as well as any conclusions you may have reached.
    B. For Master of Professional Studies Applicants: Personal Statement
    1. Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing a master's degree in your selected major (Emergency & Disaster Management, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Journalism, Public Relations & Corporate Communications, Real Estate, Sports Industry Management, Systems Engineering Management, Technology Management, or Urban & Regional Planning). Your essay should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, and proofed for errors. Please describe the specific academic and professional qualities you possess that could help you excel within this major; what goals you hope to achieve if you are accepted into this specific program; and any other qualities make you an ideal candidate overall.
  4. Resume or CV
  5. Two letters of recommendation
    Recommendations should be completed only by those individuals capable of evaluating your present academic and professional abilities (such as a former professor or employer) and potential for graduate study. Applicants using the Online Application Manager will have the opportunity to send an online recommendation to potential recommenders via email.  Please note: All recommendations supplied to SCS will be considered confidential. Students wishing to view copies of their recommendations should contact their recommenders directly.
  6. Official transcript(s)
    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended should be mailed to the School of Continuing Studies Admissions Office in a sealed envelope. Transcripts from schools where students are currently enrolled, need to contain all final grades posted and classes in progress for the current term they are enrolled. Students will not be reviewed for admission without this documentation and should be in their final semester before applying. Please note:  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/). All foreign transcripts from outside of the United States where a degree was earned must be accompanied by an official translation and completed evaluation by either the World Education Services (wes.org) or the Educational Credential Evaluators (ece.org).  In addition to WES/ECE evaluations, a student should send official transcripts from all other schools attended to SCS in sealed envelopes. If transcripts are not in English they need to be accompanied by an official, notarized, English translation. The Office of Admissions can request official WES/ECE evaluations of any student transcript if deemed necessary during the review of an admissions application. In most cases, a minimum GPA of 3.00 (solid "B" average) or higher is required to be considered for full admission into one of our graduate-level programs.
  7. Portfolio or Writing Sample (recommended)
    (Optional but recommended for Journalism and Public Relations/Corporate Communications)  A. For the Journalism program: Applicants are encouraged to submit one or more writing samples to supplement their application. These can include published or unpublished works, such as blog posts, essays or articles. Applicants can also submit video or photography work they have done. B. For the PR/CC program: Applicants are encouraged to submit 1-2 writing samples to supplement their application. Please submit writing samples such as press releases, communication plans, or opinion editorials. Applicants may also submit a single example of digital or multimedia work they have done.
  8. Interview with the Associate Dean
    (Optional depending on the academic program; students will be contacted by the department if an interview is needed)
  9. 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 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. 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.  
  10. For International Applicants only
    International applicants must submit official WES (wes.org) or ECE (ece.org) evaluations of all degree earned transcripts from outside the United States as well as official transcripts and English translations from all other schools attended. International applicants for whom English is not their native language must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. English can only be considered the native language if it is the only official language of the applicant's home country and the primary language spoken in the applicant's home. International applicants should plan well in advance to secure all required documents for the Office of Admissions (institution code 5986). International students are also required to complete the International Student Immigration Questionnaire.  Please see the section "For International Students" for more information.
  11. For Transfer Students only
    If accepted as a degree-seeking student, applicants may be considered for a maximum of 6 transfer credits completed prior to beginning their academic program at Georgetown.  The credits must have been completed at an accredited institution for graduate-level credit and with a recorded grade of "B" (3.00) or higherThe credits cannot have been applied to another earned degree or certificate.  All courses must have an equivalent course within the appropriate Georgetown program as determined by the Associate Dean of that program.  Students should submit their requests for transfer review (including syllabi and course descriptions) to their Associate Dean during their first semester of study.  Once admitted to Georgetown, students are expected to complete all remaining coursework at the University.

* Georgetown University is able to offer online courses in some of its Master of Professional Studies programs to residents of certain states, but is still awaiting full approval from a few select states.  Please review the Important Policies for Online Students page to determine if you are a resident of a state in which Georgetown University can offer online coursework in your desired program at this time. 

Online Application

To apply online, please go to the Online Application Manager, create an account, and choose the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies application or the Master of Professional Studies. The Online Application Manager allows prospective students to submit their entire application packet online, with the exception of transcripts, which must be submitted in hard copy to the Admissions Office at the address below.

Contact Information and Mailing Address

School of Continuing Studies Office of Admissions
640 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

(202) 687-8700 (phone)
(202) 687-8954 (fax)
E-mail: scsadmissions@georgetown.edu

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 1 – February 15
  • Rolling - May 1

 

Fall Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority 1 - March 1: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by March 1 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than April 30. Those who wish to receive an admissions decision by April 30 are encouraged to submit their application materials by the Priority 1 deadline.  It is recommended that international prospective students submit their application during the Priority 1 application review cycle.
  • Priority 2 - May 1: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by May 1 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than June 30. Students who missed the Priority 1 deadline are encouraged to submit their application materials by the Priority 2 deadline. It is strongly recommended that international prospective students seeking admission submit their application materials no later than the Priority 2 deadline to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed.
  • Rollingby August 1: Prospective students may submit their application materials no later than August 1. Once all materials are submitted and received, the application will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent to the student, on average within 4 – 6 weeks. Due to heavy volume we cannot guarantee a date by which a decision will be reached. Prospective students who submit their application materials during the month of July should receive an admissions decision in time for the start of the fall semester; however, we cannot guarantee adequate time for the processing of financial aid nor guarantee space in first-choice courses due to high demand.  Therefore, it is recommended that every attempt is made to submit application materials well in advance of the deadline.
Spring Term Application Deadlines
  • Priority - October 15: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by October 15 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than December 1. It is strongly recommended that international prospective students seeking admission submit their application materials no later than the Priority deadline to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed
  • Rolling - December 1: Prospective students who submit their application materials during the month of November should receive an admissions decision notification in time for the start of the spring semester; however, we cannot guarantee adequate time for the processing of financial aid nor guarantee space in first-choice courses due to high demand.  Therefore, it is recommended that every attempt is made to submit application materials well in advance of the deadline.

Summer Term Application Deadlines

  • Priority February 15: All required application materials must be received by this date in order for an application to be considered complete and ready for review. Completed applications received by February 15 will be reviewed and a decision notification will be sent via email no later than April 1. It is strongly recommended that international prospective students seeking admission submit their application materials no later than the Priority deadline to ensure necessary time for Visa documents to be processed.
  • Rolling - May 1: Prospective students who submit their application materials during the month of April should receive an admissions decision notification in time for the start of the summer semester; however, we cannot guarantee adequate time for the processing of financial aid nor guarantee space in first-choice courses due to high demand. Therefore, it is recommended that every attempt is made to submit application materials well in advance of the deadline. 

Additional Application Information

  • Prospective students who submit an application and are denied admission into a program must wait one full year before reapplying. For example, a student who submits an application for the fall term and is denied admission cannot reapply for admission for the subsequent spring term; rather, the student must wait until the following fall application cycle begins.

Students who reapply for admission into a program must submit a new application, which also includes resubmitting all supplemental materials (i.e. personal statement, recommendations, resume, transcripts, etc.). All students who reapply should include an answer to the following question in their revised personal statement: What have you done personally, professionally, and/or academically over the last year since initially applying for admission into your chosen program?

More information about reapplying can be obtained by contacting an admissions advisor here.

  • Students who intend to request financial aid are highly encouraged to submit all required application materials before completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students are discouraged from completing the FAFSA before submitting all required application materials. More information about financial aid can be found here.

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

*Get more details here.

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 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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