Master's in Journalism

How to Apply

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To make applying as simple and straightforward as possible, we've put together a checklist of everything you need to complete your application. From detailed requirements to helpful how-to articles, the checklist below will help you navigate the application process. And if you have any questions along the way, please feel free to contact me.

Your Admissions Advisor

Alexis Green
Admissions Recruiter
ag2012@georgetown.edu
202-687-6127


No Standardized Test Scores Required

Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies does not require GRE or GMAT test scores for admission to our master of professional studies degree 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.


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

    Your resume or CV 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. Transcripts from Previously Attended Undergraduate and Graduate Level Institutions

    Applicants who attended a U.S. institution must submit (official or unofficial) transcripts from:

    • all undergraduate institutions where 16 or more credits were earned
    • all graduate institutions where any credit was earned

    Applicants who attended an international institution must submit:

    • an official course-by-course WES or ECE evaluation (additional academic documentation is not required outside of the WES/ECE evaluation). No additional documentation is needed outside of WES or ECE.
    • In the case that international transcripts cannot be retrieved, please contact your admissions representative for assistance. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants who are enrolled in their final semester or quarter of their undergraduate degree can apply to a graduate program beginning in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semester. These applicants must provide a transcript which lists the In Progress courses for their final term in order to be considered for admission.

    If an applicant has been admitted and would like to enroll, an official transcript or course-by-course evaluation is required from all degree granting institution(s). The official transcript(s) and/or course-by-course evaluation must show proof of degree conferral and be sent to the Georgetown SCS Office of Admissions prior to the start of the term to which an applicant was admitted.

    Preferred Method - Electronic (Select One Method):

    1. Send it through an electronic service - National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment, if available.
    2. Have your institution(s)'s Registrar email us your official transcript(s) to our Admissions Office at: scsadmissions@georgetown.edu

    If your institution(s) only has hard copy transcripts, then by mail:

    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.

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

  6. Writing & Work Samples

    Please submit two writing or work samples. Samples may include published or unpublished works. You may also submit links to video, photography, or other creative work that is relevant to your degree program. See below for program-specific guidelines.

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

    Integrated Marketing Communications: Samples may include consumer research, marketing communications plans, or creative strategies.

    Journalism: Samples may include blog posts, essays, or articles.

    Public Relations & Corporate Communications: Samples may include press releases, communication plans, or opinion editorials.

  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 students.