Applying

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall 2016

  • December 15, 2016 (Ph.D. programs)
  • January 15, 2017 (M.A. programs)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Scores (required of all applicants)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (please see below)
  • Writing Sample
  • CV/Resume

Please review the program websites for additional information on program-specific admissions requirements (these are listed under the program descriptions below).

Although it is desirable that applicants have completed 18 undergraduate semester hours in political science, the admissions committee does not apply this credit requirement rigidly. It may accept related courses or recommend that the applicant complete courses beyond the minimum degree requirements. The Department will consider individuals from a wide diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and careers. Its key criterion for admission remains strong scholarly promise.

Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose should discuss the following: your reasons for wanting to study in the Government Department at Georgetown University; how your research interests fit with those of the various faculty members in the Department of Government; and your long-term academic and/or professional goals. The statement of purpose should be a 500 word (approximately) essay.

Academic Writing Sample: The Department of Government requires that all applicants submit an academic writing sample. There is no minimum or maximum length to the writing sample. The average length of samples received by the Department of Government is 15 - 20 pages. This sample should be scholarly, academic in nature and perhaps of a level that is publishable. It is not mandatory but it is preferable that the writing sample be on a topic you wish to study here at Georgetown. The academic writing sample should be a single-authored work.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Attn: Credentials – (Government)
Box 571004
3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004

GRE - GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Georgetown University's score reporting code is: 5244. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at: http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: TOEFL / IELTS

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and 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 primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English).

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

  • TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based tests) or 80 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Georgetown University's score reporting code is: 5244. TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/
  • IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org/