You'll need to complete an Online Application.
A complete application includes:
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.
REVISED REQUIREMENT: Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
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.
Our GRE code is 5244.
Our GMAT code is JT7-D8-97.
- MPP program: GRE, GMAT, or LSAT
- MIDP program: GRE or GMAT (GRE strongly preferred)
- MS-DSPP program: GRE or GMAT (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.
Our TOEFL code is 5244.
Minimum score is 100
For the IELTS, 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. For TOEFL, send your official score through ETS to institution code 5244. For IELTS, send your score electronically to Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
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.
Your essay should address the following:
MPP: Please submit a one page single-spaced statement. The questions can be answered separately or in a combined essay.
- What motivates you to work in public policy? Please tell us about a personal/professional/academic experience that fueled your passion for public policy and how this informs your commitment to pursue a career in this field.
- Why McCourt? How will the MPP degree enable you to achieve your career goals in public policy?
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 development policy issue to demonstrate your reasoning. Maximum length 500 words.
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. Maximum length 500 words.
MS-DSPP: Please submit a one page single-spaced statement.
- What motivates you to work at the intersection of data science and public policy? Please tell us about a personal/professional/academic experience that fueled your passion for data science and public policy and how this informs your commitment to pursue a career in this field.
MPP: In 250 words or less, please 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.
MIDP, MPM, MS-DSPP, & EMPL: 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 (for ALL programs): Writing Samples are not encouraged
An $90.00 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card or electronic check at the time of application submission.
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.
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/.
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.
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 and Links
- GU Resources for International Students describes loans, employment and other financing options.
- GU Off-Campus Housing Listings.
- GU Information about Full-time Status.
- GU's Course Catalog.
- GU Curricular Practical Training (CPT) & Optional Practical Training (OPT)
- GU Student Organizations
- EducationUSA is a U.S. State Department network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. EducationUSA advors are happy to provide information to international students seeking to study in the United States.
- eduPASS Guide to Studying in the USA provides information about what an international student needs to know about studying and living in the United States.
- The International Student and Study Abroad Resource Center contains news, information and resources for students around the world who want to study abroad.
- The International Student Loan Program Center describes loan programs designed especially for international students.
- The International Scholarship Search is a free searchable database of scholarships and other awards for international students.
- The Study In the States website is an information hub for the international student community by bringing together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing student visa and exchange visitor programs, including the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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