Completed Online Application
Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $35, non-refundable fee.
Resume or CV
Submit an up-to-date version of your resume or CV.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Students applying to the BALS program who have previously attended another Georgetown University undergraduate program should be aware that their entire undergraduate academic record will be reflected on their transcript. This means that all courses, grades, and credits earned at Georgetown University will be factored into the cumulative GPA and credit totals, without exception. While all previously completed undergraduate coursework will be reflected on the transcript and will be applied towards the cumulative GPA and credit totals, students are still responsible for completing all of the BALS program requirements, including a minimum of 57 credits within the BALS program and all required courses.
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 one of the following English proficiency examinations:
- TOEFL: Minimum score of 100 (iBT), 600 (paper-based test), or 250 (computer-based test)
- IELTS: Minimum score of 7.0
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.