CONTACT INFO

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

 (202) 687-9186
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APP DEADLINES

Applications are accepted from July 1 - April 1.

The Priority Deadline for scholarship consideration is 15 January.

The Final Deadline for application submission is April.

When emailing Admissions, please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact number
  • Program
  • Year for which you plan to apply

Helpful Information  (FAQ)

TOP QUESTION: IS MY APPLICATION COMPLETE?

You’ve 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.

After the January Deadline and once we have processed all of the supporting documentation we’ve received, we will begin to notify those students who are missing a portion of their applications.

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?

At the McCourt School, we have a Priority Deadline (January 15) & a Final Deadline (April 1).

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 will find it best 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 full-time MPP, MIDP, and MPM applicants are considered automatically for Merit-based Scholarships & McCourt Fellowships. At this time, we do not have scholarship funding available for incoming part-time students.

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
  • AmeriCorps
  • McNair Scholars
  • Returned Peace Corp Volunteers
  • PPIA Fellows

McCourt is committed to the idea of equal access to higher education for everyone. We also welcome fee waiver requests from applicants who demonstrate need-based eligibility. Based on your personal economic situation, we can waive your application fee to help you achieve your personal and professional goals through higher education. 

Please contact the McCourt School Admissions staff at mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu if you have questions.

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 either the GRE or the GMAT. But, to be valid, the test does need to have been take in the last five years. For the MIDP program, the GRE is strongly preferred instead of the GMAT.

IS THERE A MINIMUM GRE OR GMAT SCORE?

No.  We don't have a minimum score requirement. It would be best to take a look at the Incoming Student Profile Data to see the average scores of the students who were admitted. 

HOW CAN I VISIT A CLASS?

YES! The best way to learn about the McCourt School of Public Policy is to visit the Georgetown University campus, meet our faculty and students, and attend a class. We are located in Washington, D.C.’s beautiful Georgetown neighborhood. Prospective students are able to sit in on a “first year” course during the semester. And, do prepare to be in the class for about sixty minutes or more.

  • Class visits are by appointment only.
  • 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 fill out our McCourt School Visit Request Form or contact us at mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu.

WHO SHOULD I ASK TO RECOMMEND 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 mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu for instructions. NOTE: We do not encourage the use of paper recommendations and will not accept e-mailed 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.
  • 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 the McCourt School Admissions staff at mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu if you have questions.

ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE TOEFL/IELTS REQUIREMENT?

YES. The primary language of instruction of your undergraduate institution has to be English. 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.

Please contact the McCourt School Admissions staff at mccourtadmissions@georgetown.edu if you have questions.

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 can begin the program in the summer or the fall.

MIDP = No

This two-year full-time degree focuses explicitly on international development and incorporates a summer experience after the first year.

CAN I DEFER MY ADMISSION TO ANOTHER SEMESTER?

YES. Please be advised that deferral is extremely rare & not guaranteed.

Here are some things to know:

  • A deferral is only for one academic year. (So, if you are admitted for Fall 2017, you could only submit a deferral request for Fall 2018.)
  • 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.
  • Should your deferral request be denied & you don't 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 programs only admit students for the Fall term. MPM students can begin the program in the summer or the fall.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST? 

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I WAS ACCEPTED?

  • Generally, decisions are sent out approximately 6-8 weeks after your application is complete or after we being reviewing applications - whichever is later.
  • We do not begin reviewing applications until after our Priority Deadline on 15 January, and we cannot review an application until it is complete and all supporting documents have been received.
  • The Admissions Review Committee begins to review applications shortly after the Priority Deadline. They consider all parts of your application carefully.
  • The final deadline for fall admission is April 1st of each year, though we encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.
  • Due to application volume and privacy requirements, the Office of Admissions cannot provide decision information over the telephone.

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