Frequently Asked Questions
For the Fall of 2020, the Priority application deadline is February 15, 2020. However, the final application deadline is May 15, 2020.
International (non-U.S.) students are strongly encouraged to apply by February 15, 2020 or even earlier, because of the additional time required to arrange for immigration papers for admitted students. For international students who apply after February 15, 2020 we will try to evaluate applications in a timely way but cannot guarantee that we can complete reviews quickly enough to make admission offers by May 15.
A $90.00 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card at the time of application submission.
Please note that the only documents that need to be mailed are official transcripts which are required only after offer of admission. Applicants should upload unofficial transcripts to the online application for review. Test scores must be sent directly from testing agencies and the remaining materials must be submitted online.
Applicants are required to submit two recommendation letters. Ideally, this should include at least one academic reference and one professional reference. All recommendations will need to be submitted through the online application portal, which will automatically email your recommender with instructions for online submission of their letter, allow applicants to track recommendations received and follow up with recommenders who still need to submit their letter. Once submitted, recommendation letters will be included in the online application.
In the event your reference can’t access the online recommendation, please contact the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-687-5568.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation from the Graduate School. Through the same portal you submitted your application, you can sign into your account to access an electronic checklist detailing what application items have or have not been received. Your checklist is posted the day after you submit your application and application items are logged as soon as they are processed. During the Graduate School’s high volume application season (December through March), please allow up to two weeks for your application items to be updated. Online recommendations are automatically updated to a status of “received” when submitted by the recommender.
You can also check the status of your application materials by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions at 202-687-5568, or by sending an email to email@example.com with your full name and the department to which you have applied.
Yes. We offer part-time enrollment for accepted Aging & Health students.
We require that all applicants submit their GRE results, unless they have previously received a graduate level degree.
No, we are not able to accept copies or unofficial score reports. You need to request that ETS (Educational Testing Services) send your GRE scores to Georgetown University. You may contact ETS at 1-800-473-2255 in regard to GRE scores. The testing service website is http://www.ets.org/gre.
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences requires that all applicants demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Please note that citizenship alone does not determine English language proficiency. Applicants can demonstrate proficiency 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); or 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. All TOEFL and/or IELTS examinations must be taken no later than one month prior to the application deadline for the program.
How do I secure a student visa for study in the United States? What should I do if I have a visa already?
Information on applying for a visa will be sent to you after you have been admitted to your desired program. You will receive an International Student Visa Status Questionnaire Form to complete and return to the Office of Global Services (OGS, formerly OIP). This form will explain the types of documentation required to show proof of funding for study at Georgetown. OGS will process your paperwork and will issue the appropriate I-20, or other government required form, needed to apply for your visa.
For questions regarding the visa process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.