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.
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 2019 academic year is $90. 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.
Applicants for admission must provide official transcripts from all institutions from which they have earned or will earn an associates, undergraduate, or graduate degree. (Unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts, such as study abroad courses, community college courses, and other non-degree courses can be uploaded directly to the online application). 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
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.
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 Photocopied/faxed/scanned documents will not fulfill this requirement.
English Proficiency: TOEFL/IELTS
All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 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 (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).
All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.
TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 or 600 (paper-based) or 80 or 100 (iBT test) dependent on program requirements, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Georgetown University's score reporting code is: 5244. TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 or 7.5, dependent on program requirements, from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org/
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.