Admission of Applicants

Applicants for admission must meet certain eligibility requirements set by the Graduate School and the Graduate Departments and Programs. Applicants are admitted by the Dean of the Graduate School. Admitted applicants who confirm their intended enrollment with the Graduate School Office of Admissions will be eligible to participate in Graduate Student Orientation and registration activities.

Admission Review and Admission Criteria

Once an application is received and processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the Graduate Department or Program Admissions Committee reviews the application. The length of this review varies by program. A decision recommendation is made to the Graduate School, where a final review of the application takes place. All final decisions on applications are rendered by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Please note: The Graduate School requires that an application fee accompany any application to one of our graduate programs. We do not waive fees. Applicants will not receive a Graduate School decision on their application if the application fee is not paid.

Admission is official upon receipt of a letter from the Graduate School Dean. Admission to a degree program may be granted to applicants:

  • who have received a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from an international college or university;
  • who will graduate or have graduated with an average of B or better;
  • who meet the academic criteria specified by the department or program and the Graduate School.

Special Student Status

Occasionally, an applicant not meeting the above criteria may be admitted to the Graduate School as a Special Student. Applicants may not apply for Special Student Status, but may be admitted to this status at the discretion of the department or program and the Graduate School. Special Students are not admitted to a degree program and may be enrolled for no more than a single semester. They may take a maximum of six credits of graduate coursework during that semester. Consideration for admission to degree status includes meeting minimum requirements outlined in the Special Student admission letter. Special Students who desire degree status should submit an official, written request to the Graduate School before the end of the initial semester of admission. Please note that students admitted to Special Student status have limited access to resources such as financial aid and student health insurance. Please check with the appropriate offices for eligibility requirements.

Five-year Bachelor's / Master’s Program (Georgetown University Students Only)

Certain Georgetown University undergraduate students may apply to participate in a special 5-year program in which they will can earn their undergraduate degree and Master’s degree in 5 years. Approval for application to this program is obtained through the appropriate College Dean's Office. Submission of the Graduate School application and corresponding application materials are required for students seeking the 5-year degree.

Enrollment Confirmation

Applicants who have been accepted for admission are required to submit the Enrollment Confirmation Form to the Graduate School Office of Admissions to secure their place in the program. Confirming intent to enroll with the program is not sufficient. A nonrefundable deposit may be required. The deposit varies by program and is applied to tuition upon registration.

Admitted Applicants Intending to Enroll

Admitted applicants who have confirmed their intention to enroll in a Georgetown University graduate program are eligible to participate in Graduate Student Orientation and registration activities. To plan for enrollment and registration as a new student, use the Enrollment Checklist to determine if you have met all pre-enrollment requirements. Enrolled students are required to meet all immunization and health insurance requirements. International students are required to meet immigration documentation requirements. To review links for required information and links to helpful sites, such as housing, registration, and transportation, go to the Graduate Student Orientation section of the website.

Special Note: Only students who have met all outstanding admission requirements are eligible for preregistration for the ensuing semester and subsequent registrations. Special Students are ineligible for preregistration. Students requesting advanced standing and transfer of credits must be sure that transcripts of all previous coursework and degrees have been submitted to the Graduate School.

Deferral of Admission

Some graduate programs allow for the deferral of admission; however, deferral of admission is not automatic. Certain departments may require a new application if the student does not enroll in the term originally designated. Please consult with your individual program office to determine whether they allow deferral requests.

Deferral of admission is limited to one request per admitted program. All deferral requests are subject to review and approval by both the department and the Graduate School. If the deferral is denied or the deferred student cannot attend the graduate program for the approved term, he or she will have to submit a new application.

To request a deferral of admission, complete the Deferral Request Form located on the Admissions Forms page.  Upon submission, your graduate program coordinator will be contacted to review your request.