Applying to the Program
The Georgetown English Master's Program invites all interested and prospective students to contact the Academic Coordinator, Hannah Calkins, if they need more information about the program than what our website provides. If necessary, she will pass your inquiry on to Professor Ricardo Ortiz, the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students considering visiting the Georgetown campus before or after applying to the program should make every effort to schedule their visit in advance with Hannah, who can make additional appointments with the DGS or other program faculty.
It is solely the responsibility of the student applying to make certain that all application materials are submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ideally well before the posted deadlines for submission; files remaining incomplete after the deadlines will not be considered for admission to the program. Please look carefully at the Graduate School's application procedures.
An undergraduate major in English is not required of applicants to the M.A. program, but the Graduate Admissions Committee takes into consideration the undergraduate and/or postgraduate record in English courses.
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If you are a Georgetown undergraduate English major interested in applying to the AB/MA program, please review the additional information here.
This link will take you to Georgetown University Graduate School's online application.
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants, including foreign nationals. GRE scores cannot be more than five years old. The GRE Subject Test in English Literature is not required. Please note: Applicants interested in scholarship aid must take the GRE exam by December 1, 2012 in order to meet the January deadline.
Non-native English speakers are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A minimum score of 550 (paper test) is required for the TOEFL. A minimum score of 7.0 is required for the IELTS.
The Georgetown English MA Program is a rigorous, demanding course of critical, analytical and scholarly study requiring high-level skills in speaking, hearing, reading and writing in English. Any student who is discovered to have misrepresented their level of English fluency on a successful application runs the risk of termination even after being admitted to the program and enrolled in courses.
♦ Additional materials
All applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
a 2-3 page academic statement of purpose addressing in detail their intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. Applicants interested in applying for a funding package (listed under Student Funding) should note this at the top of their Academic Statement of Purpose.
an 8-10 page sample of the applicant's strongest undergraduate critical and/or analytical writing on a topic with clear relevance to literary and/or cultural studies
three letters of recommendation, which should come from academic sources able to comment on the applicant's ability to think critically and analyze texts; letters from employers, friends, or family members are not acceptable
official transcripts from every institution you have attended since secondary school
your resume or CV
All materials other than official transcripts should be submitted through the online application. Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Attn: Credentials - (English)
3520 Prospect Street, N.W., Room CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004
Completed applications and supplementary material must be received by the following deadlines:
Fall 2013: January 1, 2013. Applications that are complete by this deadline will receive scholarship consideration.
Fall 2013: April 1, 2013. No scholarship consideration.
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