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 ApplyYourself portal. As you can imagine, we receive a high volume of mail at this time of the year that includes transcripts, standardized test scores, and other supporting documents. It will be a few weeks before all this paperwork is accurately matched with each prospective student’s application. During this period your application status will remain as incomplete until we match mailed/emailed materials to your online application. If we are missing any materials we will email you in 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.
WHERE SHOULD I SEND HARD COPY MATERIALS?
McCourt School Admissions Office
Old North, Suite 206
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20057
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
At the McCourt School, we have a Priority Deadline (January 15) & a Final Deadline (April 1). International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Priority Deadline.
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 Priority Deadline, 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.
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 students are considered automatically for McCourt Fellowships.
DO YOU OFFER APPLICATION FEE WAIVERS?
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF I TAKE THE GRE OR THE GMAT?
No. For the MPP program (including the Dual MPP/IOMBA) 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 instead of the GMAT. The MPM does not require GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores.
IS THERE A MINIMUM GRE OR GMAT SCORE?
No. We do not have a minimum score requirement. We recommend reviewing the Incoming Student Profile Data to see the average scores of the incoming students.
If you take a test more than once, we will take the highest score of multiple exams.
WHO SHOULD PROVIDE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS FOR ME?
Individuals who know you well and can attest to your skills and abilities.
Three (3) recommendations are required.
Ideally, applicants should submit at least one each from:
- an academic
- a 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 the McCourt School Admissions staff at email@example.com for instructions. NOTE: We do not encourage the use of paper recommendations.
IS THERE A MINIMUM TOEFL OR IELTS SCORE?
YES. 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 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 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.
ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE TOEFL/IELTS REQUIREMENT?
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.
CAN I APPLY IF I HAVE NOT TAKEN MICROECONOMICS YET?
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 Supplementary Data Sheet, you can indicate if you are in the process of taking a course.
IB and AP credit is not accepted for this prerequisite.
CAN I GO PART-TIME?
MPP = YES
The MPP Evening Program is a Part-time program for those who wish to work while attaining their degree. You will need to make sure that your application is for the MPP Evening Program, not the Full-time MPP program.
MPM = YES
The MPM Part-time participants fulfill the requirements for their degrees over the course of two summers and four semesters. Please note MPM students begin the program in the summer.
MIDP = No
This two-year full-time degree focuses explicitly on international development and incorporates a summer experience after the first year.
MS-DSPP = No
This is a two-year full-time degree.
CAN I DEFER MY ADMISSION TO ANOTHER SEMESTER?
YES. Please be advised that deferral is not guaranteed.
Here are some things to know:
- A deferral is only for one academic year. (So, if you are admitted for Fall 2019, you could only submit a deferral request for Fall 2020.)
- Deferring is not a commitment to attend the program. However, you MUST submit the non-refundable deposit of $500 USD & 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.
DO YOU ADMIT FOR SPRING TERM?
No. The McCourt School does not admit students for the Spring term. The MPP, MIDP, and MS-DSPP programs only admit students for the Fall term. MPM students begin the program in the summer.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
Please visit the Tuition & Scholarships page for details on costs and living expenses estimates. Please note that adjustments in calculations must be made for part-time programs and the MPM program. In particular, the MPM program is 36 credits (three semesters) so please make sure to calculate the tuition cost for this separately and estimate living expenses accordingly.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I WAS ACCEPTED?
If you apply by January 15 and your application materials have been matched by mid-February, you will receive a decision in early March. Generally, decisions are sent out approximately 6-8 weeks after your application is complete. We do not begin reviewing applications until after our Priority Deadline on January 15, and we cannot review an application until it is complete and all supporting documents have been received.
WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS?
Scholarship notification is sent in the same letter as the admissions offer. If you have any questions about the scholarship offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW CAN I VISIT A CLASS?
The best way to learn about the McCourt School of Public Policy is to visit campus, meet our faculty and students, and attend a class. Prospective students are able to sit in on a “first year” course during the semester. Please keep in mind that -
- Class visits are by appointment only.
- Each class is about 75 minutes.
- The McCourt School does not conduct Friday classes and is not open on weekends and holidays.
- Due to the number of visit requests and faculty and student schedules, please allow at least two weeks’ lead time for us to make arrangements.
- To meet with a professor, you can send us a request and we will coordinate with the professor.
To schedule a visit, please complete the McCourt School Visit Request Form.