We strive to enroll a diverse student body and encourage applications from individuals with a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

Please read our admissions policies, information on our microeconomics prerequisite, information for international applicants, and information on our costs and scholarships.

We encourage prospective students to attend an admissions event or schedule a visit. Contact our admissions office for additional information. 

For McCourt's Executive Education degree and certificate program requirements, please see the Executive Education website.

 APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications are accepted from July 1 - April 1.

The Priority Deadline for scholarship consideration is January 15th.

The Final Deadline for application submission is April 1st.

All applicants must submit the elements below before they can be reviewed for admissions consideration to the McCourt School.

A Completed Application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

All McCourt School programs require an online application to be completed through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applicants for admission to the McCourt School must upload a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) with their online application. Please feel free to include a list of published work.

Official Domestic Transcripts

Applicants for admission to McCourt School must provide official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school—undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses.

This requirement also includes any transfer credits that may have been completed at another institution other than the degree awarding institution.

A transcript is official when:

  • submitted to McCourt School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (or equivalent office), or
  • submitted to McCourt School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe, or
  • requested from the appropriate institution's Registrar, returned to you, and included unopened in your self-assembled application packet for mailing.

NOTE: Study Abroad Programs

For study abroad programs, you need to submit an official transcript only if the classes, grades, and credits do not appear on your home institution’s transcript.
 

 DOCUMENT MAILING ADDRESS

The McCourt School Office of Admissions 
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Old North, Suite 206
Washington, D.C. 20057

NOTE: Photocopied/faxed transcripts are not considered official.

Official Foreign Transcripts

Applicants for admission to McCourt School must provide official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school—undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, and non-degree courses. This requirement also includes any transfer credits that may have been completed at another institution other than the degree awarding institution.

Official transcripts are those issued by the institution in a signed and sealed envelope.

  • We require that all transcripts be submitted in English.
    • Most major foreign universities will issue official transcripts in English themselves. However, if your institution is unable to do this, you are responsible for providing the McCourt School Office of Admissions with an English translation of your transcript. Your translator must certify that the original documentation was received in a sealed envelope from your university or issuing institution. After translating, your translator should enclose both the original and the certified translation in an envelope and seal and sign the envelope. The transcript should be enclosed in the signed, sealed envelope and submitted by mail to McCourt School Admissions.
    • As an alternative to a individual translator providing certified translations, international applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States may submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. You should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations may take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to McCourt School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated. Use of the WES service is not required.
       
  • We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation.
    • Some international transcripts do not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation.
    • If your transcript does not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation, you should obtain an official letter from your university indicating the date of your graduation and the degree conferral date. This letter should be enclosed in a signed, sealed envelope and included with your transcript.

NOTE: Study abroad programs

For study abroad programs, you need to submit an official transcript only if the classes, grades, and credits do not appear on your home institution’s transcript.
 

 DOCUMENT MAILING ADDRESS

The McCourt School Office of Admissions
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Old North, Suite 206
Washington, D.C. 20057

NOTE: Photocopied/faxed transcripts are not considered official.

Recommendations

Three recommendations are required. Ideally, applicants should submit at least one each from an academic and professional (work-related) source. The online application utilizes a secure online recommendation system which 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.

In the event your reference cannot access the online recommendation, please contact McCourt School Admissions staff for instructions.

Official GRE or GMAT scores

GRE

Our GRE code is 5244. 

GMAT

Our GMAT code is JT7-D8-97.

 

  • MPP program: either the GRE or the GMAT
  • MIDP program: GRE strongly preferred
  • MPM program: no test scores are required
  • Executive Education: no test scores are required 
  • LSAT scores can be submitted for the MPP/JD dual degree or for a MPP-only degree. If you are submitting the LSAT for the MPP-only degree and have minimal quantitative coursework, please contact the admissions office.
  • Dual MPP/IOMBA: Applicants may submit either the GRE or the GMAT.

Official TOEFL or IELTS for International Students

TOEFL

Our TOEFL code is 5335. 

Minimum score is 100

IELTS

For the IELTS codes, see http://www.ielts.org.

Minimum score is 7.0

All applicants to McCourt School are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & 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 language of instruction for the entire institution.
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of approximately 600 (paper-based test) or approximately 100 (internet test). (Minimum of 22 on each individual section.)
  • submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0.

The TOEFL and IELTS must be received directly from the appropriate testing organization. Photocopied/faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.

Exception: International students who received a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education where the primary language was English will be considered for an exemption from this requirement. Please contact McCourt School Admissions if you have questions.

Academic Statement

Maximum length 500 words. Your essay should address the following:

MPP & MIDP: The McCourt School's programs emphasizes analytical rigor and using sophisticated quantitative tools where appropriate. Why do you think analytical rigor is important for policy analysis? Use a current policy issue (MIDP applicants should use a development policy issue)  to demonstrate your reasoning.

MPM & EMPL: The essay should explain what unique abilities you would bring to the program and how obtaining this degree will contribute to the attainment of your personal and professional goals. In addition, the statement should specify why you want to pursue your degree at McCourt School and how that relates to your career.

Personal Statement (Optional)

The Admissions Committee is very interested in learning about you personally- including any noteworthy or formative aspects of your background and what attracted you to the field of public policy. In 250 words or less, please provide any information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about yourself and/or your future goals. You may also use this optional essay to provide further explanation of any unusual circumstances, such as a period of poor academic performance or a large gap in your resume. If you choose to submit an Optional Statement, please upload it to the Writing Sample section of the application.

NOTE: Writing Samples are not required.

Supplemental Data Forms

Available online at http://grad.georgetown.edu/admissions/admissions-forms.  Once you have completed the Supplemental Data Form, please upload it to your application.

NOTE: EMPL applicants do not need to fill out the supplemental data form. Simply save a document stating your name and "no supplemental form required" and then upload it to the online application where indicated.

Interviews

Interviews are not required, but may be requested by the Admissions Office. Prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session, participate in an online chat, or meet with a McCourt School admissions staff member in person or over the phone.

Application Fee

An $90.00 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card or electronic check at the time of application submission.

NOTE: The application fee is waived for students who apply to the EMPL. However, we cannot waive the fee until the application is started. Please begin your application, notify your organization or agency the application has been started, but only submit your application once the fee has been waived.

Submitting Your Application

Review the McCourt School admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

Email us your questions: mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu

Information for International Applicants
The McCourt School Welcomes Applicants from All Nations

International students, faculty, and researchers are an integral part of the McCourt and Georgetown University communities. Over 2,000 individuals from more than 130 countries study, research, and teach at Georgetown. The Office of Global Services provides a wealth of services to this community, including immigration advising and cultural and educational programming. Please bookmark their site: http://internationalservices.georgetown.edu/.

In addition to the application elements listed above, here are a few helpful pieces of information for International Applicants:

Cost of Attendance

Information on tuition, expenses, and financial assistance can be found on the general Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid page.

We encourage you to seek funding sources in your home country as soon as possible. International organizations like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank sometimes offer financial assistance to international students wishing to study in the United States. For more information on Financial Aid at GU and additional resources, please visit: International Student & Scholar Services. The McCourt School also has a list of scholarships available on our Cost & Scholarships webpage.

Housing

Please note that Georgetown does not offer campus owned housing for our graduate students. Please explore the off-campus section on the GU Student Living website for assistance finding an apartment or house in the area.

Other Useful information & Links

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Application Timeline

RESEARCH

Research Programs & Schedule Tests:

January - July

PREPARE

Prepare Materials & Take Tests:

August - December

SUBMIT

Submit Completed Applications:

January - April

DECISIONS

Decisions are Sent:

March - April

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