Policies

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences establishes minimum requirements for admission and the award of degrees; departments and programs are encouraged to set higher standards. Students should therefore familiarize themselves with all the rules, regulations, and procedures relevant to their pursuit of a Graduate School degree, including those published in the online Graduate School Catalog, this Graduate School Bulletin, and the graduate student handbook or other document published by their departments or programs.

Other University regulations, such as the registration schedule and withdrawal deadlines published each semester by the University Registrar, must also be observed. In addition, recipients of Graduate School financial aid must abide by the terms of their obligation statement.

Unawareness of these rules will not be accepted as an excuse for failure to act in accordance with them.

The academic policies, rules, regulations, and procedures serve several purposes: to codify the legislation of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Executive Committee, to enable students to proceed efficiently through their courses of study, and to enable the Graduate School to deal with all of its students in an equitable and consistent manner.

Exceptions to any of the Graduate School’s rules, regulations, and procedures must be secured in writing from the Graduate School. No other University officials, including faculty members, are authorized to grant such exceptions independently. Any student who is in doubt about how a rule, regulation, or procedure applies to her or him should seek clarification from the Graduate School.

Members of the Graduate School Staff are available to discuss specific matters with you. Our offices are located in Suite 400 of the Car Barn, located at 3520 Prospect Street, N.W. The offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except University holidays. Telephone: (202) 687-5974.

The Graduate School and Georgetown University reserve the right to alter such academic or financial conditions as the following: admission requirements; the arrangement of courses; graduation or degree requirements; eligibility and conditions for receiving financial aid; and tuition rates and fees. Other provisions affecting students may also be changed as necessary. Such rules, regulations, and procedures may govern both new and continuing students and will be considered effective – and an integral part of this codification – after notice of the change has been posted on the Graduate School’s website.

Additional Policies

As part of the Georgetown University community, you are expected to adhere to additional rules and regulations established by authorities at the university. It is imperative that you remain aware of these regulations. Please review the links below for additional information about these policies: