Resources for Current Students

This webpage is your most up-to-date resource for general program information, and you will find many of the answers to your questions here. However, it will be important for you to familiarize yourself with the Graduate School’s website, as well; that is where you will find relevant Graduate School policies and procedures regarding registration, thesis formatting and submission, graduation, and more. It is also where you will download much of the paperwork you might need to navigate the program and, eventually, if you choose, to submit a thesis.

Additionally, please download the Graduate School Bulletin and consult it for information on academic policies and procedures.

If you still have questions or need clarification, please contact our Program Administrator at gradenglish@georgetown.edu.  


Additional Features

You are invited to view course offerings and Thesis and Capstone Project information in the menu to the left.

Below are some additional features of our program that you may be interested in or that may apply to you, as well as instructions on how to pursue them, if necessary.

Qualified prospective students may enroll in courses through the School of Continuing Studies Summer Sessions. Credits from these graduate courses, as well as courses taken by students under Special Student status, may be transferred prior to admission to the M.A. program in English. In these two situations, only 6 credits may be transferred toward the M.A. degree. Students required to register as Special Students for probationary purposes will sometimes be permitted to transfer more than 6 credits toward the degree, depending upon the conditions of their admission.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, at least six of the ten required courses for the M.A. degree must be graduate-level courses taken in the Georgetown Department of English.

Classes from other institutions or classes taken at Georgetown University prior to admission to a Georgetown graduate degree program cannot be transferred to the English M.A. degree until after the student has successfully completed a semester of full-time registration as a graduate student at Georgetown. Students may receive up to 6 credits toward the M.A. for graduate English courses taken at another university, provided they have earned at least a B. Courses taken seven or more years ago are not usually accepted for transfer.

  1. Complete a Student Petition for Change to Graduate Program form (available on the Academic Forms section of the Graduate School’s website).
  2. Submit the form, along with an official transcript that lists the course you would like to transfer, to the mailbox of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  3. Follow-up with the Program Administrator to ensure that the form was signed and sent to the Graduate School for approval.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, at least six of the ten required courses for the M.A. degree must be graduate-level courses taken in the Georgetown Department of English.

A student may take up to 6 credits in other departments of the university, provided that he or she has the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies in English and of the instructor of the course.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, at least six of the ten required courses for the M.A. degree must be graduate-level courses taken in the Georgetown Department of English.

Graduate classes in the English Department can be taken pass/fail only with the permission of the instructor and the Director of Graduate Studies; however, a graduate class taken pass/fail cannot be applied to any degree program, including the English M.A. degree.

M.A. candidates may take graduate courses through the Washington Consortium of Universities. Courses taken through the Consortium must be on topics not available at Georgetown and must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in English and the course instructor. Since it is not possible to register for Consortium courses on your own via MyAccess, students have to add in at the beginning of the semester during the add/drop period following the instructions listed on the Registrar’s website.

Approval forms may be obtained in the Registrar’s Office (White-Gravenor G-01). Consortium courses may not be taken Pass/Fail or S/U. The Registrar maintains a file of Consortium university catalogs. For up-to-date information on course offerings and schedules, it is best to call the particular department at the Consortium University.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, at least six of the ten required courses for the M.A. degree must be graduate-level courses taken in the Georgetown Department of English.

For the 2019–20 academic year, the Folger Institute will not be offering seminars exclusively for M.A. students. If you would like to apply for one of their advanced program offerings, please visit their website for more information.

In July 2019, the Folger Institute will offer a one-week Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas that is open to students in their early years of graduate work. You can find information about that orientation, including application and funding deadlines, here.

For more information about associated fees related to tuition, financial aid, housing opportunities, etc… click on the links below:

  • Tuition and Fees
    • Note: The fees listed on this page applicable to our program are 
      1. Tuition, Per Credit Hour,
      2. One-Time Transcript Fee
      3. Graduate Student Activity Fee, and
      4. Student Health Insurance – Per Year
    • For the 2019–20 academic year: 1 credit = $2,139 and 1 course = 3 credits which totals $6,417.
    • The normative credit distribution for our program is 9-9/6-6 or 9-9/9-3: 9 credits (3 courses) in the fall and spring of the first year, 6 credits (2 courses) in the fall and spring of the second year if completing the thesis track -OR- 9 credits (3 courses) in the fall and 3 credits (1 course) in the spring of the second year if completing the capstone track. Deviations from this schedule must be made in advance and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.