For Online Students
- U.S. Admissions Eligibility
- International Admissions Eligibility
- Relocation Policy
- Additional Information
We're committed to providing students with the opportunity to make learning work with their busy lives. To fulfill this goal, we offer programs in a variety of flexible formats: full-time and part-time enrollment, evening and weekend courses, and most recently, online learning options.
Our online courses provide the same academic content as our on-campus courses—they award the same number of credits, meet the same learning objectives, and cover the same kinds of material—the primary difference is that they’re offered in a convenient virtual setting. Some online courses are asynchronous—allowing for a more flexible time frame for students to listen to lectures, complete their readings, and turn in assignments. Others include synchronous sessions, where all students log in at the same time to participate in the lecture.
Update: California Distance Education Students (5/10/18)
Good news! We previously posted a notice about a regulatory issue that could have affected the financial aid eligibility of Georgetown distance education students in California. The U.S. Department of Education distance education regulation that raised this concern was to take effect on July 1, 2018, but has now been delayed and will not be implemented until at least July 1, 2020 (at which point, it will likely differ from what had been proposed). As a result, there will be no impact on California distance education students and those who qualify will remain eligible for federal financial aid. Georgetown has continued to process financial aid applications from California students despite this issue and we continue to do so.
Please see below for the previous posted notice:
Georgetown University is monitoring a situation that has the potential to affect the federal financial aid eligibility of distance education students who reside in California. We are hopeful that this issue will be resolved, but believe it is necessary, in an abundance of caution, to provide this notice. New U.S. Department of Education distance education regulations that are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2018 contain a requirement that every state have a process for reviewing complaints from any student located in that state who is enrolled in a distance education program at an out-of-state institution. California does not currently have a complaint process that complies with this requirement, and, unless it creates one or the distance education regulation is altered or delayed, Georgetown will not be able to disburse federal financial aid as of July 1 to distance education students who reside in California. We are continuing to process financial aid applications from California students, but we and other institutions outside of California that offer distance education programs to California students will be watching this situation closely.
U.S. Admissions Eligibility for Online Programs
Georgetown University is able to offer the online format to residents of all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the following programs:
Executive Master of Professional Studies Degrees
Emergency & Disaster Management
Global Strategic Communications
Master of Professional Studies Degrees
Cybersecurity Risk Management
Design Management & Communications
Emergency & Disaster Management
Higher Education Administration
Human Resources Management
Integrated Marketing Communications
Public Relations & Corporate Communications
Sports Industry Management
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Please note: Only certain courses within this program are available online)
Professional Certificate Programs
Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy
Certificate in International Migration Studies (Please note: Only certain courses within this program are available online)
Certificate in Project Management
Certificate in Social Media Management
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Georgetown University’s authorization to admit online students in many states is pursuant to its membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). A list of current SARA member states is available here.
International Admissions Eligibility for Online Programs
Georgetown University does not currently accept applications or enrollment requests for online programs from non-U.S. citizens who are residents of the following countries:
- Canada (Exception: Online format is available for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec)
- North Korea
- Ukraine (Crimea Region)
We make every effort to keep these lists up to date; however, your admissions advisor or enrollment management team will have the most current information on online admissions from states or countries outside the District of Columbia.
- Online MPS Programs
Visa support is currently unavailable.
- Executive/Hybrid Programs
Admitted international students may receive immigration support through Georgetown SCS to apply for a U.S student visa to participate in the on-site residencies. Students are responsible for acquiring any necessary visas for international residency locations.
Students are individually responsible for acquiring any necessary visas for international residency locations. Before applying, students are encouraged to research visa regulations for the residency locations of their prospective program, to be sure they will be able to obtain any necessary visas for the required travel components.
Residency locations for the executive master’s programs can be found on their curriculum pages here:
- Online Professional Certificate Programs
Visa support is currently unavailable.
- Online Program Internships
Students living outside the U.S., including U.S. citizens, may not be able to complete an internship or field experience. Students living outside the U.S. may apply for these programs, but may not be able to select elective courses that involve an internship or field experience. Prospective students should contact their admissions advisor to discuss how this policy applies to their situation if they are interested in completing an internship, while current students should contact their program administrator.
Information for International Students
Please be aware that students who relocate while enrolled at Georgetown University may experience a delay in registration eligibility or potentially be unable to complete their studies if they are moving to a country or state where Georgetown is not currently authorized to offer an online option for a particular program. Prospective students should contact their admissions advisor to discuss how relocation could alter their eligibility, while current students should contact their program administrator if they are considering relocating during their course of study.
Additional Information for Online Students
Degrees conferred by Georgetown University are recognized in the United States and may be recognized in other countries. Degrees and certificates conferred by Georgetown University are not officially recognized by Mexico. All international students are encouraged to research the policies pertaining to degree recognition in their home country prior to enrolling in a Georgetown program.
None of the online master's programs offered through the School of Continuing Studies provide any professional licensure or certification. Though not required, students in these programs may wish to research and seek certifications through professional organizations in their field.
SCS online programs use some or all of the platforms listed on this page. Students should confirm that they have a reliable internet connection and the ability to access each of these platforms before applying. While every effort is made to ensure course content and materials can be accessed by all students, it is not guaranteed. A variety of circumstances may affect the ability to access course content and materials, including internet access issues, firewalls, and hardware limitations. Students who are unable to access course content and materials will not be able to complete the program, and will receive a refund consistent with Georgetown’s refund policy.
Additional information for distance education students at Georgetown University is available through the Office of Compliance and Ethics.
Specific refund policies have been developed for our online format. The current refund schedule can be found on our Academic Calendar.
Please see our How to Apply page for information on the application process.