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You'll need to complete an Online Application through ApplyYourself.

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.

Applicants for admission to the McCourt School 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 to McCourt School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (orequivalent office), or

  • submitted to McCourt School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe

 

 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.

Applicants for admission to the McCourt School 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).

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.

 

 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.

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.

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
  • MS-DSPP program: GRE strongly preferred
  • 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.

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.

The Master of Science in Data Science for Public Policy Program (MS-DSPP) requires that applicants must have completed a college level calculus course with a grade of a B or higher, and demonstrate evidence of technical ability, such as coursework in computer science, advanced statistics, or higher level mathematics. It is also recommended that applicants complete an introductory microeconomics course.

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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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-DSPPPlease 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

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:
​MPP applicants
(including Evening and duals/joint with MPP) no longer need to upload a supplemental data form since this is now incorporated into the online application.
EMPL applicants do not need to upload a supplemental data form.

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.

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.

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