Admissions FAQs

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT QUESTIONS

Q: Where do I go to find out more information about a specific program?

Begin with the department's listing under Graduate Programs. This will provide you with the best initial overview of the program, as well as information on program requirements and deadlines. From there, you can link directly to the department's own website for more comprehensive information.

Q: If I have other questions, whom do I need to contact?

For program-specific questions, please contact your department or program of interest directly.

For questions concerning the application process, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions by phone at (202) 687.5568 or by email at gradmail@georgetown.edu.

Q: Where do I go for information about law, medicine or business programs? 

The law center, medical school and business school all have separate admissions processes.

The Georgetown University Law Center can be contacted at:

Website: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions-financial-aid/

Phone: (202) 662.9010

E-mail: admis@law.georgetown.edu

Mailing Address:

Georgetown University Law Center
Office of Admissions
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
McDonough Hall, Room 589
Washington, D.C. 20001

The School of Medicine can be reached at:

Website: http://som.georgetown.edu/prospectivestudents

Phone: (202) 687.1154 

E-mail: medicaladmissions@georgetown.edu

Mailing Address:

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Office of Admissions 
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2195

The McDonough School of Business admissions can be reached at:

Website: http://msb.georgetown.edu/programs

Phone: (202) 687-4200

Email: GeorgetownMBA@georgetown.edu

Mailing Address:

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Admissions Office
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 390
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

Q: Where can I find out about the minimum GRE scores for my prospective department? What was the average GRE score from last year?

Many departments do not have a set minimum score. They are interested in the "whole student" and will compare a student’s other strengths against any testing weakness, and vice versa. However, some departments might give an average score or preferred range on their website. Consider contacting the department directly to inquire about GRE policies.

Q: How many people were accepted to my department last year? How many from my country?

Admissions statistics for the various departments within the Graduate School vary from year to year. Please visit the specific program website or contact the appropriate program representative.

Q: Do you offer pre-screening of candidates' resumes, achievements and transcripts by email?

No, the admissions office does not offer any type of pre-screening. Check with the admissions officer in the department of interest or the departmental website to find out information on statistics such as average GRE scores, GPA, years of work experience, etc. Many departments offer information sessions for prospective students where you can also find out this information.

Q: Does the Graduate School offer tours or information sessions?

The Graduate School offers information sessions that end with a campus tour every other Friday from May through November. To reserve a spot in an information session, click here.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions also offers campus tours on a more regular basis.

If prospective students are not available to attend a scheduled information session, the Office of Graduate Admissions additionally holds online sessions.

Q: What is graduate student life like at Georgetown?

Graduate life differs greatly from undergraduate life.  First, the student population is far more diverse, including married individuals, people pursuing a second career, older students returning for a degree, full-time professionals, etc, alongside full-time students who have recently received a degree.  Students coming directly from undergraduate studies may be surprised by this shift from a structured social/work community to an environment of autonomy.  Department and program offices often have specialized academic and social events for graduate students, and the Graduate Student Organization plays a role in bringing together students from different programs to meet socially or participate in campus issues.  Many campus-wide lectures provide opportunities for stimulating thought beyond specific disciplines.

Additionally, most undergraduate students live on campus, while graduate students live in surrounding areas.  The many offerings of life in and around Washington provide graduate students with the freedom to construct their own lifestyles in the diverse culture of Metro DC.  Many campus activities, buildings, and events are open to all students; however, graduate students are not confined to life within the campus walls.  Most welcome the independence that comes with life as a graduate student.

Please visit Campus Life section of the university website at http://www.georgetown.edu/campus-life/ for more information.

Q: Can I submit credentials online?

Yes, you will be required to submit all supporting documents (excluding transcripts and test scores) online. When you submit credentials on-line, please DO NOT send in a hard-copy duplicate set of those credentials.  Doing so will only delay the processing of your application.  

APPLICANT QUESTIONS

Q: Do all the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences departments use the same application form?

Yes, all of the Graduate School departments use the same application form. Some departments require supplemental application forms. Check the admissions section under the program of interest to see if any additional information forms are required.

Note that not all graduate programs are in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Law, Medical, Business, and Continuing Studies schools all offer graduate degrees but have separate application processes.

Q: Can I apply to more than one program? How do I apply to a joint program?

You may apply to more than one program, but you must complete a separate application and pay a separate application fee for each program to which you apply. Similarly for dual degree programs, you must submit a separate application and pay a separate application fee for each program. 

A list of dual degree and joint programs is available here. Detailed requirements on how to apply for dual degree and joint programs or more than one program can be found here.

Additionally, if the programs to which you are applying have different mailing addresses, please send your transcripts to each of these addresses.  If the mailing addresses for each of your programs is the same, just send one set of transcripts to the appropriate mailing address. See our the "Submit Transcripts" section of our Application Procedures page for transcript mailing addresses.

Q: How do I pay my application fee? Are fee waivers offered?

Your application fee can be paid online by credit card.  We accept Visa and MasterCard only.  We do not accept cash, wire transfers, bank transfers, or checks.  The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences does not offer application fee waivers.

Q: Using the online application, what do I do with my supplemental materials?

All supplemental materials, excluding transcripts and test scores, must be submitted online. Official transcripts can be sent directly from your university, or you can compile your transcripts and, without opening the original envelope(s), send them all together in a self-assembled envelope. Universities that use a secure electronic transmission system may send official transcripts through this service and may use gradmail@georgetown.edu as the recipient email address.

Q: To what address should I send my supplementary materials?

If you are applying to Public Policy (MPP), Policy Management (MPM), or International Development Policy (MIDP) all application materials should be sent to the following address:

McCourt School of Public Policy
Georgetown University
37th & O Streets, N.W.
Old North, Suite 100
Washington, DC  20057     

If you are applying to the School of Nursing & Health Studies (M.S. in Nursing, M.S. in Health Systems Administration, Port-Masters Certificate in Nursing, or Doctorate in Nursing Practice):

Campus programs for the M.S. In Nursing and Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing

*Please note you will submit an application through NursingCAS: www.nursingcas.org*

All hard copy transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Nursing CAS, Transcript Department
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

Online Nursing@Georgetown programs for the M.S. in Nursing

All hard copy transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Nursing@Georgetown Admissions
8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 450
Landover, MD 20785

M.S. in Health Systems Administration

All hard copy transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Georgetown University, SNHS
3700 Reservoir Road, N.W.
St. Mary's Hall, Room 123
Washington, DC 20057-1007 

If you are applying to any of the following biomedical science programs:

  • MS or PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • MS in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy
  • MS in Biostatistics
  • MS in Biotechnology
  • MS or Certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • MS in Clinical & Translational Research
  • PhD in Cell Biology
  • MS in Health Physics
  • MS or PhD in Microbiology & Immunology
  • PhD in Neuroscience
  • MS or PhD in Pharmacology
  • MS or PhD in Physiology & Biophysics (Regular Program)
  • MS in Physiology and Biophysics - Special Master's or Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • MS or PhD in Tumor Biology,

then, send your application materials to the following address:

Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education
Box 571411-M
SE 108A Medical-Dental Building
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC  20057-1411.

For all other programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please send all materials to the following address:

Georgetown University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Admissions, Box 571004
3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
Washington, DC  20057-1004

Q: Do all of my application materials need to be received by the deadline?

Yes. Deadlines vary by department. Please see the Admissions section of the program of interest under the graduate programs page. 

Q: How do I know if my application materials have been received?

Once applicants have applied online, they can check the status of their credentials through the online status checklist via your Apply Yourself account.

To access this checklist, login to your Georgetown online application (please remember to save your pin and password). Once within your application, you will see the status of your supplemental materials.

Please be aware that it may take the admissions office approximately one to two weeks to process all materials and update your checklist.

Q: What should I say in my Academic Statement of Purpose?

In general, your statement of purpose should be approximately 500 words and should state your goals and objectives for graduate study overall, and at Georgetown University specifically.  A few programs require more specific personal statements that address questions pertinent to the program.  Review the program admission requirements for more details.

The statement of purpose allows you to highlight areas of your background or interests that may not be clear in other areas of your application.  Therefore, it is very important to write a clear and concise statement that expresses your interest in the program, and what you hope to gain from, or bring to, the program of study.  You may address special features of the program that made it the right fit for you, or you may address specific topics that you are interested in studying.  You may wish to address aspects of your personal, academic, and work-related experiences that would make effective contributions to the program or would showcase your knowledge and interest in your chosen area of study. 

Q: Whom should I ask to write my recommendation letters?

A professor, advisor, supervisor, or someone with authority should write recommendation letters on an applicant’s academic and/or professional experience.

Q: How do I report my official test scores?

You need to request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE or TOEFL scores to Georgetown University.  To request scores, use the Georgetown Institution code, 5244.  It is not necessary to specify any other departmental code. We are not able to accept copies or unofficial score reports. You may contact ETS at 1-800-473-2255 in regard to GRE scores and at 1-800-468-6335 regarding the TOEFL.  Testing service websites are www.ets.org/gre and www.ets.org/toefl respectively. From the time you request for your scores to be sent from ETS, it takes about a month for them to be received and then processed in the admissions office.  Please plan ahead!

The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP:IELTS Australia.  Official score reports should be sent to Georgetown directly from the testing agency.  Please go to the IELTS website at www.ielts.org for more information.

If you have taken the GMAT in lieu of the GRE for the Master of Science in Foreign Service, the scores should be requested and sent to the institution code JT7-GO-6O.  If you have taken the GMAT in lieu of the GRE for the Master of Public Policy, the scores should be requested and sent to the institution code JT7-D8-97.

LSAT scores taken in lieu of the GRE for relevant programs must be requested to be released from the law school.

Q: Do I need transcripts from every school I've attended?

Yes. Applicants need to request official transcripts from every institution they have attended beyond secondary school, even if they did not receive a degree from a specific institution. This includes junior and community colleges and study abroad institutions. 

Applicants can request that their previous institution(s) send their transcript(s) directly to our office, or applicants may self-assemble their unopened transcripts in one envelope to be sent to us.  If an applicant's institution offers electronic transcript delivery service, we are also able to accept transcripts this way.  You may use gradmail@georgetown.edu as the recipient email address.

Q: How do I know if the documents I have submitted are official?

Documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts, are official if they arrive at the Graduate School in a sealed envelope with either the recommender or the registrar's signature across the seal of the envelope. Letters submitted through the online application are considered official, as are transcripts delivered online through a secure online delivery service such as Scrip-Safe.

TOEFL and GRE scores are only considered official if they arrive directly from ETS.  Score reports received from the applicant are not considered official.  

If you have questions about the documents you have submitted you can send an email to gradmail@georgetown.edu or call the Graduate School at (202) 687-5568.

Q: Will I be notified when the Admissions Office receives my materials?

Applicants will receive, via email, an application verification letter once the Graduate School has received your application form.

The verification letter does not, however, contain information regarding supplementary materials (i.e. letters of recommendation, transcripts, exam scores). Applicants can also check the status of their supplemental materials by viewing the online status checklist within the online application.

Q: What is the process once the application has been sent to the Graduate School?

Once the Graduate Admissions Office has received an application, any documents that might have arrived before the application are matched and included in an applicant’s file.

As materials are received (either electronically or via regular mail), they are updated in our computer system.

After initial processing in the Graduate Admissions Office, the application is available for the graduate department to review.

Once the department committee has reviewed the file, they will recommend a decision on the application to the Graduate Admissions Office, which will then conduct a final review of the application and make a final admissions decision.

Once a final decision has been made, applicants will be notified by email to login to your application to view your online decision letter.  Applicants will be able to print their official letter from this site and confirm their enrollment online.

Q: How can I request an interview?

Requests for interviews or appointments with department admissions coordinators should be made directly with the department or program of interest.  Please note that not all programs offer the opportunity to interview.

Q: Can I check on the status of my application while I'm waiting for a decision?

Yes. Once you have applied online, you can check the status of your supplemental materials by viewing the online status checklist within the online application.

The Admissions Office cannot give you specific information regarding the date of a decision, as the schedule for each departmental committee varies. The Admissions Office also cannot release admissions decisions over the phone.

Q: When will I know the decision on my application?

While application review dates vary greatly by department, the best general indicator is the deadline for applications.  Most decisions are released within 8-12 weeks after the deadline, though some programs may release decisions sooner or later than this range.

The majority of the Graduate School's decisions are sent out from mid-March to late May for applications with early January and February deadlines. For a more exact report time, though, you should contact your program directly.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT QUESTIONS

Q: Do you accept international funds for the application fee?

No. The Office of Graduate Admissions does not accept international funds for the application fee. When you apply online, you will pay by credit card.

Q: Are international students eligible for financial aid?

International students are eligible for internal institutional funds (such as assistantships, fellowships and scholarships) and for support drawn from federal and other research grants; however international students are generally not eligible for federal loan money from the United States government

Internal Graduate School financial aid is merit-based and all applicants are eligible to compete for available funds. Merit-based scholarships are available to students registered in most doctoral and many master's programs and these funding sources pay part or all of tuition. Assistantships and fellowships normally include a stipend and a full tuition scholarship.  To be considered for merit-based aid, simply answer "yes" to the financial aid question within the application.

For further information and resources on available funding for international students, please visit the Financial Aid for International Students page.

Q: How do I secure a student visa for study in the United States? What should I do if I have a visa already?

Information on applying for a visa will be sent to international applicants after you have been admitted to your desired program. You will receive an International Student Visa Status Questionnaire Form to complete and return to the Office of Global Services (OGS, formerly OIP). This form will explain the types of documentation required to show proof of funding for study at Georgetown.

OGS will process your paperwork and will issue the appropriate I-20, or other government required form, needed to apply for your visa.

For questions regarding the visa process, please contact newinternational@georgetown.edu.

ADMITTED STUDENT QUESTIONS

Q: If I am admitted conditionally and I am required to submit an official document showing conferral of my undergraduate or graduate degree, should I send the one and only copy of my diploma through the mail to the Graduate Admissions Office?

No. Please hold on to your diploma and bring it to the Graduate Admissions Office once you arrive on the Georgetown campus. We will then make a certified copy for your file.  If you have multiple copies of your official transcript or diploma, then please send one of these copies (via mail) to the Graduate Admissions Office. The transcript must remain in the sealed envelope signed across the seal by the registrar.

Q: How much estimated financial aid will I receive?

If you have been admitted to a program and the department has decided to offer you a fellowship, assistantship, or scholarship, the amount of your award will be included in your admission letter.

Please check with the department for questions regarding the number of awards and amount of funding available. In some cases, information on financial awards may be found on the departmental website.

Need-based aid is administered through the Office of Student Financial Services. The amount of aid awarded is based on the required financial forms and the estimated cost of attendance at Georgetown. The Office of Student Financial Services will notify you of your award shortly after all required forms have been completed.

Q: How do I confirm my intent to enroll?

Please complete the online Enrollment Confirmation Form found in your admission letter.

If you are required to submit a deposit, you will be able to pay it online by credit card.  This payment is credited to your tuition.

Q: Once I confirm my intended enrollment at Georgetown University, what do I do next?

We strongly suggest that you visit the Admission of ApplicantsEnrollment Checklist, and Graduate School Orientation pages to learn more about next steps.

Admitted students should focus on completing final administrative and health forms, participating in registration/advising and starting their housing search.

Washington DC is a challenging place to find suitable housing, so start your search early. Contact the Off-Campus Housing Office via email at guochrs@georgetown.edu or visit their website at http://studentliving.georgetown.edu/off-campus.

Also, you may want to schedule a medical check-up with a doctor to ensure all your immunizations are up-to-date. You can access the Immunization for and student health requirements at: http://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care.

Q: How do I apply for a deferral and when will I be notified of a decision?

You can apply for a deferral using our online deferral request form found on our Admissions Forms page.  Once we receive it, we will contact your department for a decision on your deferral request.  Please note that not all departments allow deferral requests.  You may wish to talk over your decision to defer admission with the department prior to completing the deferral request form.  If the department approves your deferral, you will receive follow up confirmation from the Graduate Admissions Office.  Deferral processing normally takes 4-6 weeks.

TRANSFER CREDIT QUESTIONS

Q: How do I apply to the Graduate School as a transfer student and what percent of my credits will transfer?

Transfer students must follow the same application process as all other applicants. The online application includes detailed information on the application process.

It is possible to transfer up to 25 percent of the credits required for a Georgetown program. However, the department and the Graduate School will make the final determination as to which credits are acceptable for transfer credit, including any Georgetown courses taken prior to admittance to the degree program.

REAPPLICATION QUESTIONS

Q: I applied previously and would like to do so again. How do I reapply?

If you have previously applied to the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, you must submit a new application and new application materials. Materials from a prior application such as letters of recommendation, transcripts and statements of purpose will not be re-used.  However, official test scores that were previously sent to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and have not expired can be re-used.  (GRE and GMAT scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.  TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years from the date of the test.)  If you have retaken any of these tests, be sure to request the testing agency to send official scores to Georgetown.

NON-DEGREE STUDENT QUESTIONS

Q: How do I take a class at Georgetown without being admitted to, and enrolled in, a degree program?

You can enroll in a credit-earning graduate class as a non-degree student through our School of Continuing Studies (SCS). All you have to do is fill out their application form and receive permission from the Department in which you are taking the class. To see which classes are available and to print out an application, please visit the SCS Non-Degree Credit Courses website at http://scs.georgetown.edu.

To see the schedule of classes, visit the University Registrar website at http://registrar.georgetown.edu.  Please note that due to United States immigration restrictions, international students are not likely to be granted a student visa as a non-degree student.

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