How to Apply

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:

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

Application Checklist

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

  • Online application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Recommendations
  • Official transcripts
  • Official foreign transcripts (if needed)
  • English language proficiency requirements (information about standardized testing is available here)
  • Academic statement
  • Writing sample
  • Application fee


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Application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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 are below. Please reach out to the Graduate School with any questions.

The Master of Arts in Learning and Design program requires an online application to be completed through the Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Access the Application Form

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

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


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.

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.

Mailing Address for Transcripts

Mail your transcripts to:

Georgetown University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Admissions, Box 571004
3520 Prospect Street, NW, Room CB-207
Attn: Master of Arts in Learning and Design
Washington, DC 20057-1004

NOTE: Photocopied/faxed transcripts are not considered official.

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.

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 http://www.ielts.orgMinimum score is 7.0

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.

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.

Application Fee

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

Information for Students with Disabilities

Georgetown University provides a full range of facilities and services for students with disabilities. If a student with disabilities wishes to discuss possible admission to the program and issues connected with the fulfillment of degree requirements, she or he should contact the Academic Resource Center at (202) 687-8354 or