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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

Stella Buckner
Admissions Recruiter


Fall Term

Application Opens—Sep 15

  • Final Deadline—Feb 1

Application Checklist

  1. Completed Online Application

    Our application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $50, non-refundable fee.

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  2. Statement of Purpose

    Please write an essay (four to five pages, double-spaced) indicating why you are seeking acceptance into the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program. To strengthen your essay, it is recommended that you identify possible faculty members, courses, or areas of study within the program as well as across the University, that could support your anticipated doctoral thesis proposal.

  3. Two Academic Papers

    Please submit two academic papers, preferably from different disciplines. The applicant's name and the degree for which the paper was written must be written clearly on the first page of each paper. Other examples of writing may be substituted with approval from the Director of the Doctor of Liberal Studies program.

  4. Resume or CV

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

  5. Three Letters of Recommendation

    Through the online application portal, you will be prompted to provide the contact information for three 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 former supervisors, professors, or professional associates capable of appraising your academic and professional capabilities, and your present ability to pursue independent graduate work.
    • Recommenders can submit their letters before you submit your application.
  6. Unofficial Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions Where 16 or More Credits Have Been Earned

    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.

    • The Office of Admissions must receive your transcripts, with degrees conferred, prior to the start of classes in order for you to be granted full admission status.
    • Applicants must have at least one conferred graduate degree to apply.
    • 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.