Life as a Master’s Student

The student experience outside of the classroom is a vital and equally important component of graduate education. This is particularly true at Georgetown University, as our Jesuit mission of cura personalis is emulated in all things curricular and extracurricular.

There are numerous opportunities for our graduate students to engage in campus life and take full advantage of living in one of the world’s dynamic capital cities.

Living in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is an education hub. There are more than 30 colleges and universities in the D.C. metropolitan area, 11 of which are situated in the District. Along with the US Department of Education, DC is home to education-based think tanks, start-ups, nonprofits, firms, and NGOs tackling education’s challenges.

Washington, D.C. is also a cultural center, and Georgetown students don’t have to venture far to immerse themselves in the city’s offerings. The Smithsonian Institute, the largest museum system in the world, offers free admission to all 18 of its D.C. museums. For those interested in performing arts, there are a multitude of theaters and concert venues nearby, including the Kennedy Center.

Georgetown has two offices dedicated to housing for graduate and off-campus students. The Office of Student Living maintains resources for off-campus students, while the Office of Neighborhood Life tries to make living off-campus more manageable and serves as a liaison between the city and students. To simplify commuting, the University offers free shuttle services to the Rosslyn and Dupont Circle metro stations, the Law Center, and the Arlington Loop route. D.C. is a walkable and bike-friendly city, with the University within short distance from hundreds of restaurants and retail stores. Students can also enjoy the area’s several parks, which includes a waterfront by the Potomac River.

For additional details on student living in D.C., please visit the Life in Washington, D.C. page of the Graduate School website

Learning in Unique Spaces

There is a growing focus on design thinking at Georgetown, and MLD students have access to myriad spaces specifically set aside to inspire innovative thinking. For example, the EthicsLab, a project of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, tackles social change using design thinking. Located in Healy Hall, the EthicsLab partners with course teams to engage in intense, informed, and open-ended exploration of real-world challenges. Using a studio learning model, students in the EthicsLab create tangible objects that are evaluated by outside experts. This develops resilience, inquisitiveness, and collaborative skills alongside broader subject knowledge.

In addition, Lauinger Library offers a variety of creative spaces, including a video production studio and editing room, a multimedia room, and—most recently—the Gelardin New Media Center makerspace. Open to the full Georgetown community, the makerspace encourages the use of cutting edge digital technologies, including virtual reality and 3D printing. Here, students and faculty alike to experiment with new technologies, prototype ideas, and realize creative projects