Frequently Asked Questions

Our M.A. alumni have gone on to distinguished and diverse careers in academia and secondary education, journalism, publishing, writing and editing, law, public relations, nonprofit communications, and other professions that require rigorous critical thought, creativity, and expertise in writing and communication.

We’ve had alumni placed into positions at Huffington Post, NPR, St. Martin’s Press, Harvard Business Review, Amazon, Showtime Networks, George Mason University, University of the District of Columbia, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, MedStar Health, and many more. See more on the M.A. English Alumni webpage.

We’ve placed students into Columbia, Harvard, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Northwestern, and Duke University to name a few.

Yes… and no.

It can be completed in five years, i.e. 4 years for your Bachelor’s and 1 year for your Master’s if you take the following:

  • Fall Senior Year: 2 graduate classes
  • Spring Senior Year: 2 graduate classes
  • Fall Master’s 1st Semester: 3 graduate classes, including M.A. Thesis or Capstone Seminar
  • Spring Master’s 2nd Semester: 3 graduate classes, including Thesis or Capstone Tutorial

Or you can complete the program at a decelerated pace since the only requirement from the Graduate School is that you finish the degree within 3 years of being admitted. For example, for you complete the program in the following timelines. **Please note, these are ONLY examples, so if you find a more cohesive credit load per semester, you should communicate this to the Director of Graduate Studies and Program Administrator.**

Option A: 4 semesters, 1 year post-Bachelor’s degree; this option is outlined above

  • Fall Senior Year: 2
  • Spring Senior Year: 2
  • Fall 1st Year MA: 3 (1 of these must be the M.A. Thesis or Capstone Seminar)
  • Spring 2nd Year MA: 3 (must be Thesis or Capstone Tutorial)

Option B: 6 semesters, 2 years post-Bachelor’s degree

  • Fall Senior Year: 2
  • Spring Senior Year: 2
  • Fall 1st Year MA: 2
  • Spring 2nd Year MA: 2
  • Fall 2nd Year MA: 1 (Elective must be the M.A. Thesis or Capstone Seminar)
  • Spring 2nd Year MA: 1 (Must be Thesis or Capstone Tutorial)

Option C: 8 semesters, 3 years post-Bachelor’s degree

  • Fall Senior Year: 1
  • Spring Senior Year: 1
  • Fall 1st Year MA: 2
  • Spring 2nd Year MA: 2
  • Fall 2nd Year MA: 1
  • Spring 2nd Year MA: 1
  • Fall 3rd Year MA: 1 (Must be the M.A. Thesis or Capstone Seminar)
  • Spring 3rd Year MA: 1 (Must be Thesis or Capstone Tutorial)

No. GRE scores will be waived both when you apply as a junior and if/when you matriculate fully into the Master’s program.

Yes. You can take up to two courses in other programs that enhance your academic interests, e.g. we’ve had students take classes in History (HIST), Communication, Culture & Technology (CCTP), and Government (GOVT).

Yes, you can take classes at neighboring schools within the Washington Consortium Program. Please note, this counts as a class outside the ENGL-designation.

Registration for consortium courses can only occur during the add/drop period via paper form submitted to the Consortium Coordinator in the Registrar’s Office ( We highly recommend that you register for a back-up course at Georgetown while you wait for consortium registration to be processed, and to monitor your schedule closely, so that you know when to drop the GU course.

The Program Administrator works with the College and the Graduate School to ensure that after graduation day in May, depending on how many classes you took your senior year, your 1–4 graduate classes get transferred to your graduate record. Only two graduate classes can double count on both your undergraduate and graduate record.

No; however, if you are interested in pursuing foreign language courses, you may register for one lower-level course numbered up to 350 each semester provided that you’ve received approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. The Graduate School provides language scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition for this course; other course materials must be paid for out of pocket. See here.

Yes. In the fall semester before you graduate you are required to take either ENGL-890: M.A. Capstone Seminar or ENGL-895: M.A. Thesis Seminar. This is a preparatory course for the final course you will complete in the spring semester: ENGL-901: Thesis Tutorial or Capstone Tutorial.

Yes; however, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences puts a cap on the number of hours you may work per week. You can work up to 20 hours/week total in all combined positions at Georgetown.

Yes; however, please note that graduate seminar classes are scheduled during the work day, Monday through Thursday during the following time blocks:

  • 12:30–3:00pm
  • 3:30-–:00pm
  • 6:30–9:00pm

Do not expect that there will be enough 6:30–9pm classes offered each semester in order to complete the degree within the 3-year timeframe.

All graduate seminar classes typically take place in the Department of English Conference Room, New North Hall 311.

Yes, the Department of English has a designated Graduate Student Lounge with two desktop MAC computers, student mailboxes, bookshelves for personal items, couches, and a desk space. This is located in New North Hall 309.

Once accepted into the program, every M.A. English student is automatically part of the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA). This group is completely student-run and has an Executive Board, including positions like Chair, Communications, Treasurer, Technology, etc… See EGSA’s website.

Interested in learning more about what it takes to teach? Consider registering for the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship (CNDLS) Apprenticeship in Teaching Program. You’ll get the certification posted on your transcript once you’ve completed all requirements. See details here.

Work in the Writing Center as a Graduate Writing Center Consultant (by application only).

Work at the Center for Social Justice as a Graduate Assistant (see current GA’s here)