How to Apply | Graduate Certificates

Applying to graduate 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.

No Standardized Test Scores Required

Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies does not require nor review GRE or GMAT test scores for admission to our graduate programs.

Deadlines

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.

Note: The EMPS programs only admit students for the fall semester.


Application Checklist


  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 resume or CV; this should be no longer than two pages.

  3. Statement of Purpose

    Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this specific master's degree and why you are a strong candidate for the program. Your response should be three pages, typed, and double-spaced. Please address the following questions in your response:

    • What are the specific academic and professional qualities you possess that could help you excel within this program?
    • What goals do you hope to achieve if you are accepted into this program?

    Tips for Statements of Purpose

  4. 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

  5. Unofficial Transcripts from All Previously Attended Undergraduate Institutions Where 16 or More Credits Have Been Earned, and All Unofficial Transcripts from Any Credit Earned at Graduate Level Institutions

    The Office of Admissions has updated the transcript policy beginning July 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 the degree granting institution(s) where any degree 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 scsadmissions@georgetown.edu.

    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.

    • If you have already completed your bachelor's degree, your transcript must state your degree and degree conferral date to be considered official.
    • If you are currently completing an undergraduate degree, the Office of Admissions must receive your transcript, with a bachelor’s degree conferred, prior to the start of classes in order for you to be granted full admission status.
    • All U.S. institutions must be accredited through one of the bodies officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • If you require visa support through Georgetown, you must provide proof of degree conferral via WES or ECE prior to matriculation into our programs.

    As stated, 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. In the case that an applicant with international transcripts cannot be retrieved, please contact your admissions representative for assistance. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  6. Writing & Work Samples

    Writing samples can include published or unpublished works. Applicants can also submit links to video, photography, or other creative work that is relevant to your degree program. See below for program-specific details. 

    Design Management & Communications: Samples can include creative strategies, digital design elements or images of physical design elements, social media campaigns, or marketing communications plans.

    Integrated Marketing Communications: Writing samples can include consumer research, marketing communications plans, or creative strategies.

    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.

    Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

    • Option 1: Write an essay using a book of your choice. It should be about five pages in length, typed and double-spaced. It should describe the author's central argument, proposal, or theme. Be sure to describe how this is developed in the book, as well as any conclusions you may have reached.
    • Option 2: Submit an academic paper from a previous graduate or undergraduate course of at least seven and no more than ten pages in length. Make sure your name and the course title is included on each page.
    • Option 3: Submit a published writing sample, such as a journal article.
  7. 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 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.

    There are additional requirements for international applicants.