Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

Master of Professional Studies in Journalism

FAQs

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Do you offer any scholarships for the program?
How many students are in the program?
How many students will be in each class?
Do you offer weekend courses?
Are there any online courses available?
Do you offer internship placements?
Can you do a combination of the two programs? How?
Do you have to go continuously?
How many courses will be offered each semester? The same every semester?
If I come to visit the campus, will I have the opportunity to meet with the staff or professors?
Does Georgetown offer student health insurance?
What is the difference between the MPS and the APC?
What is a typical student profile in the MPS Journalism program?


APPLYING
How can I apply for financial aid?
What is Georgetown/ MPS's TOEFL code?
How can I apply for a visa?
Who will the professors be?
Are we accredited?
Can I do the program in a year? Full-time?
Can you transfer credits from another program?

REGISTRATION
When can we register for classes?
When will we begin receiving written information on our NetId, orientation, and registering for courses?
I will be starting the MPS Journalism program the following semester, when will I be able to register online for the courses?
Do I need my student ID number in order to pay for the courses I've registered for?
I noticed that students are able to register for classes, but I haven't received my acceptance packet with all my registration information in the mail yet. Should I be worried that I won't be able to get the classes I want to take in the upcoming semester?

GETTING AROUND
Where will classes be located? Is there parking?
How do I find out where my classes are located?
As a graduate student in this program- will I have access to the campus gym, health center, etc?

UNIVERSITY RESOURCES
Textbooks for the class I am registered for do not appear on the GU Bookstore website, do you happen to know the book lists?


ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Do you offer any scholarships for the program?

Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies offers programs at a reduced rate for working professionals and adult learners. Please go to the Admissions website for current tuition costs.

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How many students are in the program?

At any given time there will be between 110 and 130 students.

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How many students will be in each class?

We generally limit the classes to 18 students.

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Do you offer weekend courses?

At this point in time we are not offering courses on the weekends. Our courses are currently offered in the evenings during the week but we are planning to offer weekend courses sometime in the near future.

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Are there any online courses available?

Not at this time. Georgetown has a strong tradition of building community and we feel it's important to offer that same community to our graduate students.

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Do you offer internship placements?

We offer opportunities for internships but not direct placements. We have relationships with many organizations that can facilitate obtaining a job or internship. We also have a database for the students within our program to access for current internship and job opportunities within and outside the Washington DC area.

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Can you do a combination of the two programs? How?

Students are permitted to take up to two courses in an MPS concentration outside of their declared concentration. The courses must be approved by the Associate Dean of the declared concentration and by the Associate Dean of the concentration the courses are offered in.

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Do you have to go continuously?

It is not required that a student takes courses continually each semester. However, students need to consult their Program Director if they will not be enrolling in any given semester.  Additionally, students who do not enroll in two consecutive semesters (fall/spring; spring/summer; summer/fall) are withdrawn from the program for failure to register.  In these cases, students may have to re-apply to the program.  Prior acceptance is not a guarantee that a student will meet current admissions standards for re-admission. 

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How many courses will be offered each semester? The same every semester?

The courses will vary depending on availability and demand. There will be a variety of courses offered to meet students' needs and interests. The capstone course will be offered each semester.

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If I come to visit the campus, will I have the opportunity to meet with the staff or professors?

Please notify a member of the MPS Journalism staff if you are planning to visit the campus. This way a meeting can be arranged for you along with possible class visits. The staff must know in advance of the visit in order to accomodate these requests.

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Does Georgetown offer student health insurance?

Georgetown University does offer health insurance to full time MPS students. Full time students are those taking 9 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 visit http://www.georgetown.edu/student-affairs/insurance

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What is the difference between the MPS and the APC?

MPS stands for Master of Professional Studies. Students are awarded a Masters degree. APC stands for Advanced Professional Certificate. Students in the APC will be awarded a certificate. The application process for the APC is the same for the MPS. The MPS requires 30 credits for completion and the APC requires 15 credits for completion. Both require a cumulative GPA of 3.00.  The APC is designed for working professionals with prior experience looking to advance their position in the field within a shorter time period.

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What is a typical student profile in the MPS Journalism program?

There is not a typical student profile for the MPS Journalism student. There is a great diversity in age, experience, background, career, and goals among the students.

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APPLYING

How can I apply for financial aid?

Please visit the University's Financial Aid office at http://finaid.georgetown.edu/apply-now/scs-mals-mps-studies/ for detailed information. The staff of the MPS program does not handle any information regarding financial aid.

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What is Georgetown/ MPS's TOEFL code?

5244 ~ Score of 600+ required (250 written)

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How can I apply for a visa?

http://oip.georgetown.edu/isss/

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Who will the professors be?

The professors will be a variety of well-respected working journalists who are selected based on their area of expertise and level of experience.

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Are we accredited?

Yes.  Georgetown University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org).   

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Can I do the program in a year? Full-time?

The fastest a student can complete the program is 4 semesters, including summer semesters.  At the graduate-level, full-time is considered 9 hours per regular fall/spring semester. 

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Can you transfer credits from another program?

Up to six credits can be transferred. These credits are subject to the review and approval of your Associate Dean and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Compliance. All requested credits must have been completed with solid grades of "B" (3.00) or better at an accredited institution for graduate-level credit.  The credits cannot have been used for another certificate or degree.  We will need your transcript, the course descriptions and the syllabus.

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REGISTRATION

When can we register for classes?

Please refer to http://registrar.georgetown.edu/ for all registration information, dates, deadlines, and instructions. Deadlines are set according to each semester.

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When will we begin receiving written information on our NetId, orientation, and registering for courses?

Upon acceptance into the MPS program you will receive a letter regarding your NetID, orientation information, and registration information.

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I will be starting the MPS Journalism program the following semester, when will I be able to register online for the courses?

Please refer to http://registrar.georgetown.edu for all registration information.

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Do I need my student ID number in order to pay for the courses I've registered for?

In order to pay for your courses, you will need to access your student account. You can do this by visiting the student access portal at http://limited.georgetown.edu/studentaccess/. With your NetId and password you are able to manage your classes as well as view and pay your tuition bill.

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I noticed that students are able to register for classes, but I haven't received my acceptance packet with all my registration information in the mail yet. Should I be worried that I won't be able to get the classes I want to take in the upcoming semester?

Please notify the Program Director if you have not received your admissions packet within three weeks of receiving the admissions letter.

GETTING AROUND

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Where will classes be located? Is there parking?

Classes will be offered on the main campus, the Arlington VA campus, at the MPS main offices on M Street in Georgetown, and at the National Press Club.

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How do I find out where my classes are located?

The registrar's office webpage will list all class locations, dates, days, and times.

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As a graduate student in this program- will I have access to the campus gym, health center, etc?

Yes, however some resources such as gym privileges require a fee.

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UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

Textbooks for the class I am registered for do not appear on the GU Bookstore website, do you happen to know the book lists?

If textbooks do not appear on the GU Bookstore please first check the SCS website for the syllabus for the course. If it is not posted, please contact the Program Director.

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