Doctoral Degree | How to Apply


Fall Term

  • February 1

Spring Term

  • September 1

  1. Completed Online Application

    Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $50, non-refundable fee.

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  2. Personal statement

    Please write an essay (four to five pages, double-spaced) indicating why you are seeking the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree and what your anticipated area(s) of study will be.

  3. Two Academic Papers

    Please submit two academic papers, preferably from different disciplines. The applicant's name and the degree for which the paper was written must be written clearly on the first page of each paper. Other examples of writing may be substituted with approval from the Director of the Doctor of Liberal Studies program.

  4. Resume or CV

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

  5. Three Letters of Recommendation

    Through the online application portal, you will be prompted to provide the contact information for three 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 former supervisors, professors, or professional associates capable of appraising your academic and professional capabilities, and your present ability to pursue independent graduate work.
    • Recommenders can submit their letters before you submit your application.
  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.
    • 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.