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Application Process and Materials

Eligibility Requirements

We are excited to receive your application! Students interested in the Master of Arts in Learning and Design need to meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or the equivalent) with a record showing promise of success in graduate studies. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) for admission.

  • High academic achievement, a clear commitment to learning and design, and related work or academic experience and achievements.

Application Requirements

Below is a checklist of required application materials. A completed application must include the following:

  1. Graduate School Online Application
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Official Foreign Transcripts
  5. English Language Proficiency Requirements
  6. Academic Statement
  7. Writing Sample
  8. Recommendations
  9. Application Fee

1. Graduate School Online Application #

Students must complete the application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The online application and recommendation system accepts all required application materials, except for official transcripts and official test scores. Detailed instructions on how to complete the application can be found on the Graduate School online application page. Please reach out to the Graduate School with any questions.

2. Resume or CV #

Upload a resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) with your online application. Please feel free to include a list of published work.

3. Official Transcripts #

Please submit official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school—undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses. A transcript is official when:

  • submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university’s registrar’s office (or equivalent office), or
  • submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe, or
  • requested from the appropriate institution’s Registrar, returned to you, and included unopened in your self-assembled application packet for mailing.

4. Official Foreign Transcripts #

Applicants for admission to our program must provide official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school—undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, and non-degree courses. This requirement also includes any transfer credits that may have been completed at another institution other than the degree awarding institution. Official transcripts are those issued by the institution in a signed and sealed envelope. For additional information, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.

International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES.

5. English Language Proficiency Requirements #

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 & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • 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, or
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of approximately 550 (paper-based test) or approximately 80 (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.

TOEFL: Our TOEFL code is 5244. Minimum score is 80

IELTS: For the IELTS codes, see the IELTS website. Minimum score is 7.0

6. Academic Statement #

Maximum length 500 words. Your essay should address the following: Why is Learning and Design the program for you? Be thoughtful and specific to help application reviewers picture you thriving in our program’s environment. If your transcripts or test scores are not representative of your ability, say why this is so.

7. Writing Sample #

The writing sample can be on any topic, but ideally, it should reflect either your knowledge of or interest in learning and design, higher education, or a related topic. We accept a variety of formats, including essays and blogs. You should select a writing sample that shows you have the ability to handle high-level academic writing and produce original critical analysis. In lieu of a writing sample, applicants can also submit video and digital projects.

8. Recommendations #

Three recommendations are required. Ideally, applicants should submit at least one from an academic source and at least one from 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 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions staff for instructions.

9. Application Fee #

A $90.00 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card at the time of application submission.

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Graduate School Resources

In addition to the information above, Georgetown University and its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offer helpful resources for prospective students. To access these resources, please select the links below. If you still have questions, you can always feel free to contact us for more information.