Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Will you waive the application or deposit fees?

No, we do not waive these fees.

Q: What is the average GRE and GPA of your accepted students?

We don't give out this information, we evaluate each student as a whole, not just GPA and GRE.

Q: Can I turn in my GRE scores after the deadline?

No, all application materials are due January 15, 2016.

Q: I'm an international student, do I need to take the GRE?

Yes, all applicants are required to take the GRE.

Q: How many students apply and are accepted into the program each year?

We are a competitive program, our admissions statistics are not public.

Q: Do you provide scholarships?

We provide a limited amount of funding to our top candidates. Anywhere from 3 - 9 credits of tuition coverage. All applicants are automatically considered for merit during the application period.

Q: How can I become a Research Assistant (RA)?

All incoming students can apply to become RAs when the postings are sent out in August. These are hourly positions. students may work 10 -15 hours per week and can earn up to $4,000. The RA positions do not provide tuition forgiveness or stipends.

Q: How can I fund my education?

Most students fund their graduate degree with a combination of Financial Aid and private scholarships, we recommend the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) as a resource. During the year several scholarship opportunities are sent out to enrolled students.

Q: How can I find a job on campus?

Please see the university HR website for full-time and part-time positions.

Q: Where do I send my official test scores and transcripts?

They should be sent to: Georgetown University, Office of Graduate Admissions, Box 571004, 3520 Prospect St., NW, RM CB-207, Washington, DC 20057 - 1004

Q: How do I submit my official recommendations?

When you apply via the Graduate School online application system, you will be guided through this process.

Q: What should I say in my Statement of Purpose?

We are looking for applicants with a passion to study CR at Georgetown and what specifically about our program has inspired you to seek admission.

Q: Do you require an interview?

No, this is not a requirement for admission to our program.

Q: Do I need work experience to apply to the CR program?

No, prior work experience is not an admissions requirement.

Q: Does the academic writing sample need to be 10 - 20 pages in length?

Yes, please submit one 10 -20 page paper that best demonstrates your academic writing ability.

Q: My transcript is in another language, what should I do?

Please see here for information regarding how to submit foreign transcripts.

Q: When will I be notified if I've been offered admission to the program?

Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2016.

Q: Is it possible to defer admission?

Yes, if you are accepted, you can apply for deferral via the Deferral Form. You may defer for up to two academic years.

Q: I have additional questions about the applications process, where can I find answers?

Please consult the Graduate School's FAQs page.


Q: Can you offer financial assistance for my travel to Open House?

No, we are not budgeted to cover your expenses.

Q: When is Orientation?

Orientation for the 2016 - 2017 academic year will take place on Monday, August 29, 2016. This is an all day event. A schedule will be sent out over the summer.

Q; When does the program start?

The first day of classes is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Q: Where can I find an academic calendar?

Please see here for the 2016 - 2017 academic calendar.

Q: When do I register for Fall 2016 classes?

You will register in late June, you will be contacted with more information about the process well before then. The course catalog can be accessed here.

Q: Where can I find information about housing?

Washington DC can be a challenging place to find suitable housing, so start your search early. Contact the Off-Campus Housing Office in the Office of Neighborhood Living via email at or visit their website. You can also find useful information and resources here. The Office of Neighborhood Living is very available to assist both graduate and undergraduate students.

Q: I didn't receive a merit scholarship for the upcoming academic year, can I still receive program funding? If I defer my acceptance, will I be reconsidered for the following year?

No, we have already offered our budgeted aid for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. Students are only eligible for aid during their first year in the program. If you defer you will be considered again along with the other applicants.

Q: What does it the cost of a the Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution?

Georgetown University charges tuition based upon the total number of credits a student takes in a given semester. A full breakdown of tuition and associated fees can be found here and here.  When estimating your tuition costs, keep in mind that the average CR student takes 22.75 credits in the first year of study and 18 credits in the second year.

Q: What are other options for funding my education?

Many CR students find external scholarship funding through their own research. The following resources have helped students secure funding:

Georgetown University Office of Fellowships, Awards and Resources

International Educational Financial Aid

Q: I submitted my FAFSA, when will I be notified about my aid package?

For Federal Financial Aid questions, you will need to consult with the Office of Financial Services.

Q: I want to know more about what student life is like in the program, what resources do you have?

All current students have access to the Conflict Resolution (CR) 101 Folder. It's a resource for all program documentation, please review the documents for a glimpse of what student life is like for our students.