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Is my application complete?
You have submitted your application online and are now wondering whether your application is complete.
Our best advice is to view your application checklist on the application portal. As you can imagine, we receive a high volume of inquiries at this time of the year. It will be a few weeks before application materials are reviewed and processed. During this period your application status may take several business days to update to reflect materials that have been received in our office. If we are missing any materials we will email you by mid-February. As long as your online application is submitted by January 15 your application will be considered for merit-based scholarships.
Other admissions policies to keep in mind –
- Each applicant is responsible for ensuring his/her application is complete. Only complete applications will be considered.
- All re-applicants, including those who were previously admitted, are required to complete a new application in its entirety & must submit new application materials including transcripts, recommendations, test scores, and statements.
- The completed application, including ALL accompanying materials, becomes the confidential property of Georgetown University and cannot be returned to the applicant.
- If application materials are forged, falsified or altered, the Graduate School will notify all relevant officials, including the individual or institution issuing the document(s) and, as appropriate, immigration officers. Submission of such materials will disqualify an applicant for admission.
- Applicants assume all costs for authenticating and verifying documents and information associated with their application.
- Once an application is submitted, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request additional information from the applicant, including, but not limited to, an interview. All applicants who have been asked to interview must fulfill the request in order to complete the application process.
When should I apply?
At the McCourt School, we have an Early Action Deadline (December 1), a Priority Deadline (January 15) & a Final Deadline (April 1). International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action or Priority Deadlines.
Those applying with a completed application by December 1 (Early Action) will be considered for scholarship and they will be notified of their decision by mid-January.
Those applying with a completed application by January 15 (Priority Deadline) will be considered for scholarship and they will be notified of their decision by mid-March.
Note, the only difference between the Early Action and Priority Deadlines is the time frame by which you get your decision.
To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications we receive, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to each deadline. Also, we encourage applicants to pull together all required materials (transcripts, essays, test scores, supplemental documentation, and recommendations) prior to applying.
NOTE: International candidates needing visas are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Action or Priority Deadlines, as this will give them time to work with the Georgetown University International Student & Scholar Services Office & the US Embassy to obtain a student visa.Back to Top
Do you offer scholarships?
YES! All MPP, MIDP, MS-DSPP, and MPM applicants are considered automatically for Merit-based Scholarships. In addition, all full-time MPP, MIDP, MS-DSPP, and MPM students are considered automatically for the McCourt Scholars Program.Back to Top
Will you waive the application fee?
YES! We offer fee waivers for applicants affiliated with one or more of the following organizations, with an accompanying letter of certification:
- Teach for America
- McNair Scholars
- Returned Peace Corp Volunteers
- PPIA Fellows
- Active Duty Military Service Members and Veterans
- Bonner Scholars or Bonner Leaders
We also will consider waiver requests based on your personal economic situation.
To request a waiver, please submit a statement explaining the reason for the request and an updated resume to email@example.com.Back to Top
Which standardized test should I take?
For the MPP program we accept the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT. But, to be valid, the test does need to have been taken in the last five years. For the MIDP & MS-DSPP programs, the GRE is strongly preferred over the GMAT. The MPM does not require GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores.Back to Top
What’s the minimum standardized test score?
We do not have a minimum score requirement for the GRE, GMAT or LSAT. If you take a test more than once, we will take the highest score from each section of multiple exams.Back to Top
Is there a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score?
All applicants to The 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.
TOEFL: Score report with a recommended minimum score of approximately 600 (paper-based test) or approximately 100 (internet test). (Minimum of 22 on each individual section.)
IELTS: Score report with a recommended minimum score of 7.0.
The TOEFL and IELTS scores must be received directly from the testing organization. Photocopied/faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.
TOEFL and IELTS scores are only valid for two years.Back to Top
Do I need to take the TOEFL?
If the primary language of instruction of your undergraduate or graduate institution is English you do not need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. Submit official documentation from your undergraduate institution to confirm the primary language of instruction. This can be presented as a notation on your official transcript or a document that states that English was the primary language of instruction.Back to Top
Do you accept TOEFL “my best score”?
No. We will not be using TOEFL’s “my best score.” The Admissions Committee will see all of the scores you have taken.Back to Top
Who should write recommendations?
Individuals who know you well and can attest to your skills and abilities.
Three (3) recommendations are required (only two are required for the EMPL program). Ideally, applicants should submit at least one each from an academic source and one from a work-related (professional) 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 the McCourt School Admissions staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.Back to Top
Can I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?
No. Please choose your three best recommenders to write a letter of recommendation for you. We will not accept more than three.Back to Top
Can I apply without Microeconomics?
YES! The microeconomics prerequisite needs to be completed by the time of proposed matriculation rather than the application date. If you have not taken a microeconomics class by the application deadline, admission to the program may be granted with the understanding that you take a microeconomics course prior to August 1 of your matriculating year. The course should be for a grade, at least three academic credits, and taken at any accredited institution, whether online, overseas or at a community college. Students are required to submit a transcript as proof of completion.
On the application there is a section where you can indicate if you are in the process of taking a course.
IB, Coursera and AP credit is not accepted for this prerequisite.Back to Top
Can I defer my admission?
YES. Please be advised that deferral is not guaranteed.
Here are some things to know:
- A one-time deferral of one academic year is allowed on a case-by-case basis. (For example, if you are admitted for Fall 2020, you could only submit a deferral request for Fall 2021). You MUST submit the Deferral Request Form to be considered.
- A deferral will hold your spot in the program but not any merit-based scholarships. If you choose to defer, your application will be reconsidered for funding with the admitted pool for the indicated matriculation semester.
- Should your deferral request be denied & you do not plan to attend for the semester you were admitted, you will need to reapply for a future term.
- If you cannot attend the term to which you deferred, you will have to reapply by submitting a new application.
Are any of your programs STEM-certified?
Yes! Our MS-DSPP program is STEM-certified. International students who complete this program will be eligible for an OPT extension as well.Back to Top
Can I apply to more than one program?
Yes! Applications for each program are reviewed by different Admissions Committees, so you can submit applications to more than one program during the same application cycle. You would, however, need to submit an application and application fee to each program.Back to Top
Is the Early Action deadline binding?
No. All admitted students will have until April 15 to decide whether or not to attend McCourt. This is the same commitment deadline that applicants for the January 15 deadline have.Back to Top
Does McCourt have rolling admissions?
The Executive Master of Policy Leadership (EMPL), the Executive Certificate in Policy Leadership (ECPL), and the Certificate in Health Policy have rolling admissions.
For the other degree programs, if you apply by December 1 (Early Action deadline), you will get a decision by mid-January. If you apply by January 15 (Priority deadline), you will get a decision by mid-March. If you apply by April 1 (Final deadline), you will get a decision by mid-May.Back to Top
How many students enroll each year?
The number of students in an incoming class varies significantly by program. Please review our class profile for the specific breakdown by program. At any given time, there are around 500 McCourt students currently enrolled (between all programs and years).Back to Top
How long does it take to complete each program?
The MPP program is offered both full-time and part-time. If done full-time, it will take you two years to complete the program, while part-time students can complete the MPP in three years.
The MIDP program is only offered full-time. It will take you two years to complete this program.
The MS-DSPP program is also only offered full-time. It will take you two years to complete this program as well.
The MPM program is offered both full-time and part-time. If done full-time, it will take you one calendar year (summer, fall & spring semester) to complete the program, while part-time students can complete the MPM in two calendar years.Back to Top
Can I take classes outside of McCourt?
Yes! Graduate-level elective courses can be taken at other schools within Georgetown (the Law Center, the McDonough Business School, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, etc.). These classes must be relevant to your program of study and are available on a space available basis. We also have a consortium agreement with other universities in the area. Classes taken outside of McCourt are not guaranteed but we will do our best to try to get you enrolled in the classes you want.Back to Top
Can I audit a class?
Yes. You can officially audit a class, but you will still need to register and pay for each audited class. The class would appear on your transcript as an “AU” as the grade.Back to Top
Can I waive out of core courses if I’ve taken them before?
Yes, you can sit for waiver exams for our core courses during orientation to see if you meet the criteria to waive out of them. If you pass the waiver exam, you will be required to replace the core class with an elective course.Back to Top
Can I transfer credits into McCourt?
25% of the total number of required credits for a program (i.e., 12 credits if attending the 48-credit MPP program) can be transferred into any of our Master’s programs. The classes must have been taken as graduate level elective courses taken within the last 7 years and you must have received a grade of a B or higher. They may not have been already counted towards another graduate degree or certificate. Transferring credits in is not guaranteed; all requests must be reviewed and approved by the Academic Team and the program’s Faculty Director. Please review the official transfer policy in the Graduate Bulletin.Back to Top