How to Apply | Bachelor's Degree

Going back to school is a big step. So, to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible, we've put together a helpful checklist for your reference as you complete your application.


Fall Term

Application Opens—Sep 15

  • Priority Deadline—Apr 1
  • Final Deadline—Jul 15

Spring Term

Application Opens—May 1

  • Priority Deadline—Oct 15
  • Final Deadline—Dec 1

Summer Term

Application Opens—Aug 1

  • Priority Deadline—Feb 15
  • Final Deadline—Apr 15

If you are an international applicant who requires F-1 or J-1 visa support, you must submit all required application materials by the priority deadline.

  1. Completed Online Application

    Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. If you submit your application by the priority deadline, your application fee will be waived. Applications received after the priority deadline will be subject to a $50, non-refundable fee.

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  2. Resume or CV

    Submit an up-to-date version of your resume or CV.

  3. Statement of Purpose

    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 student
    • Why you are applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program
    • Any other qualities that make you an ideal candidate

    Tips for Statements of Purpose

  4. Writing Sample

    Briefly discuss a current global issue, including why you consider it important and what you think should be done to address it. Your writing sample should be no longer than 500 words.

  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.

    Tips for Recommendations

  6. Official high school transcripts or GED certification

    If no college credit has been earned, please send official high school transcripts or GED certification to the Georgetown SCS Admissions Office. Transcripts must either be mailed in an envelope sealed by the school, or emailed via an official online transcript provider to

  7. Unofficial transcripts from all previously attended institutions

    The Office of Admissions has updated the transcript policy beginning April 2020. We will no longer require official transcripts from applicants who attended US institutions. Unofficial transcripts can now be uploaded directly into the application prior to submission. Applicants who attended institutions outside of the US must submit an official WES or ECE in order to be reviewed for admissions. Once an applicant has been admitted, and would like to enroll, an official transcript is required from all institutions where any credit was earned. The official transcript(s) must be sent to the Georgetown SCS Admissions Office prior to matriculation. Transcripts must either be sent in an envelope sealed by the school's registrar, or via an official online transcript provider to

    Mailing Address
    Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
    Attn: Admissions Office
    640 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    If your transcript is sent to another school at Georgetown University by mistake, you will need to reorder the transcript and have it sent to the School of Continuing Studies. Transcripts sent to another school cannot be retrieved.

    All U.S. institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program honors up to 64 transfer credits for completed courses with a minimum C grade from regionally accredited institutions. Transfer credit evaluations are conducted on a case-by-case, individual basis by the program. Factors considered when reviewing transfer credit include, but are not limited to, accreditation, timeliness of content (computer science and technology courses no older than 10 years), and overall academic relevance within the program. In addition, CLEP exam credit, AP exam credit (grade of 4-5), and all Joint Services Transcripts will be considered for transfer.

    Students applying to the program who have previously attended another Georgetown University undergraduate program should be aware that their entire undergraduate academic record will be reflected on their transcript. This means that all courses, grades, and credits earned at Georgetown University will be factored into the cumulative GPA and credit totals, without exception. While all previously completed undergraduate coursework will be reflected on the transcript and will be applied towards the cumulative GPA and credit totals, students are still responsible for completing all of the program requirements, including a minimum of 57 credits within the program and all required courses.

  8. 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 one of the following English proficiency examinations:

    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 100 (iBT), 600 (paper-based test), or 250 (computer-based test)
      • TOEFL iBT MyBest™ scores are accepted for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs.
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 7.0
      • Please have your official scores sent to:
        Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
        640 Massachusetts Ave NW
        Washington, DC 20001
    • Duolingo: Recommended score of 115

    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.