Application Requirements Checklist

The application and uploaded electronic documents will be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions via a secure, online process. Your online submissions are considered to be official documents. Do not send paper copies of electronic documents.

Below is a list of all application materials that may be required by the program to which you are applying.

Application Form

Submission of the electronic application form will activate your application to the Graduate School. All hard copy documents submitted in support of the application should be submitted according to the guidelines outlined below. Click here to start your application.

Non-refundable Application Fee

The application must be submitted with a non-refundable application fee. We do not waive the application fee in any circumstance.  An application cannot be submitted if the application fee is not paid.

The application fee for the 2016 academic year is $90 ($140 for the Special Master's in Physiology program). The fee can be paid by Visa or MasterCard only.

Academic Statement of Purpose

An academic statement of purpose should be prepared and submitted online with the application. The personal statement should address your intellectual interests, academic and professional objectives, and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. The length of the personal statement is generally 500 words, but some programs have different or additional guidelines for submission of the statement of purpose.  Please review the academic programs for details listed by specific graduate programs.

Official Transcripts

Applicants for admission must provide hard copy official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school -- undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses. A transcript is official when: 

  • submitted directly to the Graduate School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (or equivalent office)
  • submitted to the Graduate School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe

Applicants for admission will need to provide official transcripts or documents showing conferral of all degrees previously awarded. If a particular degree has not been awarded at the time of application, the Graduate School will request documentation of the degree conferral at the time of admission. Admitted students intending to matriculate must submit all documentation of coursework and degrees awarded before class registration.

Official foreign transcripts should be accompanied by a notarized translation into English. The official notarized translation should be submitted to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the notary.

International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations can take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the Graduate School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.  Applicants may use other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) but must still submit official transcripts from the institution to Georgetown if the evaluation does not include an official copy of the transcripts you had evaluated.

Photocopied/faxed/scanned documents cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

The appropriate mailing address for transcripts can be found here.

Official Recommendations

Three official recommendations are required by the Graduate School unless your program only mandates two. These recommendations must be from persons in positions to appraise the applicant's potential for graduate study.

The Graduate School requires use of the online recommendation system, which utilizes a secure online recommendation system that will:

  • automatically email your recommendation providers with instructions for online submission of the recommendation.
  • allow applicants to track recommendations received or not received and follow up with recommenders who still need to submit their appraisals.
  • expedite the processing of the recommendations, which will be included in the online application once submitted.
  • automatically notify you when recommendations have been received.

Official Test Results

Most departments and programs require applicants to take standardized entrance examinations, such as the GRE, GRE subject tests, GMAT, MCAT or others. Please refer to Academic Programs for the examinations required by individual programs. All official examination results must be: 

  • submitted by the application deadline listed in the Admissions Requirements section of each graduate program listing
  • taken no later than one month prior to the application deadline for the program
  • received directly from the appropriate testing organization
  • sent to the correct code for your program

Photocopied/faxed/scanned documents will not fulfill this requirement.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

All applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission. Please note that citizenship does not determine English language proficiency.  Proof of English language proficiency can be demonstrated by: 

  • the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. The degree does not have to be earned by the time of application but will need to be conferred by the start of the semester to which the applicant is applying. (Please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English.)
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet test). Many departments and programs require submission of a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet test) or higher.
  • submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS)Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0. Some departments and programs require submission of an IELTS score of 7.5.

All official examination results must be:

  • submitted by the application deadline listed in the Admissions Requirements section of each graduate program listing
  • taken no later than one month prior to the application deadline for the program
  • received directly from the appropriate testing organization
  • sent to the correct code for your program

Photocopied/faxed/scanned documents will not fulfill this requirement.

Supplemental Application Materials

Some departments and programs require the completion of supplemental data forms or submission of materials such as writing samples, resumes, and language proficiency forms.

Some of these forms can be submitted electronically, while other forms are downloadable and should be completed and submitted online with your application.

If required, upload your resume and/or writing sample and submit electronically with the application.

Dual or Multiple Program Requirements

Applicants who are applying for a dual degree or are submitting an application to more than one program must submit a separate application for each program. If the two programs have different mailing addresses and/or test score codes, applicants must submit these materials (transcripts, test scores, etc) to each program. If the address and test score codes are the same, then applicants only need to submit one copy of these materials.

Application materials submitted electronically with the online application do not need to be duplicated or sent in hard copy format.