How to Apply

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

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Ann Heard
Director of Admissions
aeh88@georgetown.edu
202-687-6621


Deadlines

Fall Term

  • Priority 1—March 1
  • Priority 2—May 1
  • Rolling—August 1

Spring Term

 

  • Priority—October 15
  • Rolling—December 1

Summer Term

 

  • Priority—February 15
  • Rolling—May 1

  1. Completed Online Application

    Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $35, non-refundable fee.

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  2. Resume or CV

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

  3. Personal statement

    Write an essay explaining why you are interested in pursuing this degree. Your essay should be about three pages in length, typed, and double-spaced. It should describe:

    • What you have been doing since you were last a full-time student;
    • Why you are applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program; and
    • Any other qualities that make you an ideal candidate.

    Tips for Personal Statements

  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. 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 scsadmissions@georgetown.edu.

    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.

  6. 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 the TOEFL with a minimum score in the range of 550-600 (paper-based test), 225-250 (computer-based test), or 90-100 (iBT) to be considered for admission.

    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.

    The BALS program does not accept IELTS scores.