Academic Resources

From state-of-the-art digital tools to one-on-one consultations and disability accommodations, SCS provides a number of academic resources to help you make the most of your studies.

SCS Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance

The SCS Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance supports the advancement of SCS’ mission to deliver a world-class, values-based education to a diverse array of communities and individuals through the development and equal application of policy, monitoring compliance with internal and external regulations, and ensuring that academic standards are met for degree conferral.

Georgetown University is accredited by the Middle States Commision on Higher Education, and all graduate programs have been approved by the Graduate School at Georgetown.

The Office of Academic Affairs & Compliance welcomes students by appointment, and can be reached at scsoaac@georgetown.edu.

Applying to Graduate for BALS, MALS, DLS, MPS and EMPS

SCS graduates students in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Doctor of Liberal Studies, Master of Professional Studies, and Executive Master of Professional Studies programs three times per year (in May for spring graduates, in August for summer graduates, and in December for fall graduates). A single graduation ceremony, Commencement, is held for all graduates every May. To prepare to apply to graduate, must complete the following steps:

  1. Retrieve your transcript from MyAccess to review on your own and with your program advisor. While your program advisor can provide you with academic guidance, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that you have met all requirements (including specific course, GPA, credit, and major requirements, which can differ by program).
  2. Degree candidates should fill out the graduation application found in MyAccess. Students can only apply to graduate in the semester in which they complete all degree requirements. Application periods will be announced by the SCS Office of Academic Affairs and Compliance and in program communications each semester.
  3. Applying to graduate is required as it informs us of your degree progress, allows the preparation of your diploma, and gathers information that will appear in the official Commencement Book that is published every May. Please note students who receive a grade of incomplete (I) or NR in a given semester become ineligible for graduation and must apply again in the semester they complete all degree requirements and/or resolve grades of I or NR. Graduation is not an automatic process, and your degree cannot be conferred until an application to graduate is recorded. Failure to submit your completed application in a timely manner could result in delays receiving academic clearance to graduate, degree conferral, and ordering your diploma.
  4. All students should contact the Office of Revenue and Receivables at (202) 687-7100 or studentaccounts@georgetown.edu to ensure that they have settled their financial obligations. Financial holds prevent academic registration, the generation of official transcripts, and the issuance of diplomas and certificates.
  5. International students should contact the Office of Global Services at (202) 687-5867 to update their status.

Graduation Application Process for BALS, MALS, DLS, MPS, and EMPS

View screen shots of the online graduation application process.

  1. Log in to MyAccess using your NetID and password.
  2. On the top menu bar, click on the “Student” tab.
  3. Under “Student Services,” click on the “Student Records” link.
  4. Under “Student Records,” click on the “Apply to Graduate” link.
  5. Verify and select your curriculum/program and click “Continue.”
  6. By “Graduation Date,” use the pull-down menu and select the date/month in which you will complete your final coursework. Click “Continue.”
  7. Indicate whether or not you plan on attending the May graduation ceremony. Click “Continue.”
  8. Select your Diploma Name. Click “Continue.” Verify the accuracy of your diploma name and make any needed changes here. Your name will appear exactly as you enter it here, so please make sure it is accurate and as you want it written on your official diploma. Click “Continue.”
  9. Select your Diploma Mailing Address. Click “Continue.” Verify your diploma mailing address and make any needed changes. Click “Continue.”
  10. Review your Application Summary and click “Submit Request.”

Applying to Complete a Graduate Certificate

All students who are completing a graduate certificate must complete the Graduate Certificate Completion form found on the “Student Forms” page. Your graduate certificate will not be awarded if you do not submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Request form by the stated deadline. Please note that this is separate from the MPS application to graduate process. Please reach out to your academic program if you have any questions about graduate certificates.

Please verify the status and receipt of your application using MyAccess. Submission of an application does not guarantee degree conferral or awarding of a certificate. Degrees and certificates are awarded and posted on transcripts only after all requirements have been successfully completed.

Questions about your eligibility to graduate?

Please email your academic program or scsoaac@georgetown.edu.

SCS Library

This full-service Georgetown University library offers the following:

  • Georgetown University Library collections (with courier service among GU campuses and WRLC partner schools)
  • One-on-one and small group research consultations
  • Research assignment and project review consultations
  • Research strategy and citation sessions

Location: C203

Spring Semester Hours
Monday–Thursday 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Also available by appointment

For additional information, please visit the SCS Georgetown Library website; for all other inquiries, please email scslibrary@georgetown.edu.

Digital Media Center (DMC)

Rent video camcorders, still photography cameras, light kits, microphones, and more, as well as request access to the state-of-the-art Mac Lab for video and audio editing and graphic design.

SCS Library/Equipment check-out

Location: C203

Hours
Monday: 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Mac Lab

Location: C226

Hours

Monday: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Phone: (202) 687-5720

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Take advantage of study skills workshops, individual consultations, and disability support at the ARC. If you are experiencing challenges with coursework or seeking accommodation for a disability, we encourage you to consult with an ARC administrator who can help determine a plan that works best for you.

Location: C144
Hours: By appointment
Phone: (202) 784-7366
Email: arc-scs@georgetown.edu
Website: academicsupport.georgetown.edu/

Writing Lab

The Georgetown School of Continuing Studies Writing Lab was developed to help SCS students brush up on the writing process and the writing skills necessary to successfully complete assignments. The Writing Lab holds workshops every semester on a variety of topics, as well as offers one-on-one tutoring opportunities for students to meet with an experienced writing tutor.

For general questions about the Writing Lab, please email scswritinglab@georgetown.edu or visit the SCS Writing Lab website.