Admissions FAQ

Below, find answers to the most frequently asked questions about application deadlines, transcriptstest scoresacademic statementsrecommendationslanguage proficiency, and fees. For additional information, consult the application requirements checklist provided by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences or contact us.

Looking for information about the GRE?

Applicants to Advocacy & Policy no longer need to submit GRE scores,
and applicants to Learning & Teaching can now submit the GRE in place of Praxis scores.

As of July 2018, MAET no longer requires GRE scores from A&P applicants in an effort to create a more holistic review process and remove financial barriers to program access. Applicants who wish to submit scores may still choose to do so as an addendum. For L&T applicants interested in submitting GRE scores in place of Praxis results, a combined verbal and quantitative score of 288 and a writing score of 3.5 on tests taken 2012 or later meet the minimum qualification for DC licensure.

Application Deadlines

There are two application deadlines for Summer 2019 admission: January 15 (priority scholarship) and March 15. All cohorts will begin in early July.

The priority date for scholarship consideration is January 15, 2019.
Applicants to Learning & Teaching are encouraged to apply by early December in order to receive a decision by December 31, 2017. While early application is not required, Learning & Teaching applicants who are admitted to the program by the end of the calendar year are given priority placement with our partner schools.

Official Transcripts

Applicants for admission to our program must provide official transcripts of all work beyond secondary school, including undergraduate and graduate coursework, study abroad courses, and non-degree courses, as well as any transfer credits that may have been completed at an institution other than the degree-granting institution. A transcript is official when:

  • submitted directly to the Graduate School in an envelope issued by the institution; or
  • submitted to the Graduate School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe.

Applicants for admission will need to provide official transcripts or documents showing conferral of all degrees previously awarded. If a particular degree has not been awarded at the time of application, the Graduate School will request documentation of the degree conferral at the time of admission. Admitted students intending to matriculate must submit all documentation of coursework and degrees awarded before class registration.

Official foreign transcripts should be accompanied by a notarized translation into English. The official notarized translation should be submitted to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the notary. International applicants who attend institutions outside of the US 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. WES evaluations can take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the Graduate School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.  Applicants may use other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), but must still submit official transcripts from the institution to Georgetown if the evaluation does not include an official copy of the transcripts evaluated.

Official Test Scores

The Praxis exams are a collection of standardized tests frequently required as part of the process of obtaining a state license to teach. To apply to the Learning & Teaching concentration, you will need to take two parts of the exam:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test
  • Praxis Content Knowledge Exam (ESL/ELL or Secondary Science)

For more details, consult the Praxis website, detailing the DC examination requirements.

No, applicants to the Advocacy & Policy concentration take the GRE instead.
The GRE code for all Georgetown programs is 5244.

Academic Statements

The personal statement is an essay that describes your interest in a particular concentration offered within MAET. For Learning & Teaching applicants, the essay should address your personal philosophy of education. For Advocacy & Policy applicants, the essay should detail your intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. The maximum length for both concentrations is 500 words.


Three recommendations are required, with at least two of the letters from academic recommenders, who can speak to your academic strengths. All three recommendations will need to be submitted through the online application portal, which will:

    • automatically email your recommendation providers with instructions for online submission of the recommendation;
    • allow applicants to track recommendations received and follow up with recommenders who still need to submit their appraisals; and
    • expedite the processing of the recommendations, which will be included in the online application once submitted.
In the event your reference can’t access the online recommendation, please contact the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences through email at or by calling 202-687-5568.

Language Proficiency

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:

  • 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;
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of approximately 600 (paper-based test) or approximately 100 (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.

International students who received a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education where the primary language was English will be considered for an exemption from this requirement.

The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

IELTS doesn’t use a code. Reports are sent directly to the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. For more information, see

The minimum TOEFL score is 100.

The TOEFL code for all Georgetown University programs is 5244.