Democracy & Governance


The Department of Government offers a program of study leading to the degree of M.A. in Democracy and Governance.

Our academic program builds on foreign policy, national security and regional studies and focuses on the normative and philosophical dimensions of political science and public policy, as well as disciplinary training in analytical methods and quantitative techniques. The programs also capitalize on the university’s location in Washington, D.C., and emphasize national politics, institutions and policy.

Degree Offered

  • M.A. Democracy and Governance

Accelerated Degree Program (Georgetown University undergraduates only)

  • A.B./M.A. Democracy & Governance

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020

January 15, 2020 

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply (new window) page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE test is recommended but not required
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (please see below)
  • Writing Sample
  • CV/Resume

Please review the program website for additional information on program-specific admissions requirements (these are listed under the program descriptions below).

Although it is desirable that applicants have completed 18 undergraduate semester hours in political science, the admissions committee does not apply this credit requirement rigidly. It may accept related courses or recommend that the applicant complete courses beyond the minimum degree requirements. The Department will consider individuals from a wide diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and careers. Its key criterion for admission remains strong scholarly promise.

Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose should discuss the following: your reasons for wanting to study in the Government Department at Georgetown University; how your research interests fit with those of the various faculty members in the Department of Government; and your long-term academic and/or professional goals. The statement of purpose should be a 500 word (approximately) essay.

Academic Writing Sample: The Department of Government requires that all applicants submit an academic writing sample. There is no minimum or maximum length to the writing sample. The average length of samples received by the Department of Government is 15 – 20 pages. This sample should be scholarly, academic in nature and perhaps of a level that is publishable. It is not mandatory but it is preferable that the writing sample be on a topic you wish to study here at Georgetown. The academic writing sample should be a single-authored work.

GRE – Graduate Record Exam: Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED for applicants. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date to be considered. Georgetown University’s score reporting code is: 5244. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:

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 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Georgetown University’s score reporting code is: 5244.  TOEFL information:

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information:

Degree Requirements

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