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Information for Applicants

We look forward to receiving your application! Before beginning, please read the admissions policies for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, information for international applicants, and information on financial aid and expenses.

We encourage prospective students to attend an admissions event or schedule a visit. Contact our admissions office for additional information.

Application to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

The MA in Educational Transformation (MAET) requires a standardized online application through the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. You will use this online portal for most of the process, including your resume, recommendations, and writing samples.


Three recommendations are required, with at least two from an academic source – such as a professor – who knows you and your abilities well. You will share recommender contact information as part of the online application process, and each recommender will receive a unique link to share their recommendation online.

Official GRE Scores

No standardized test scores – including for the GRE – are required for admission to the Advocacy & Policy concentration. For students in Learning & Teaching who would like to submit GRE scores instead of PRAXIS, our GRE code is 5244.

Official TOEFL / IELTS Scores

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admissions requirements 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 80 (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.

Official PRAXIS Scores

Students applying to Learning & Teaching are required to submit results from the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (Combined Test: Reading, Writing and Math) and the PRAXIS Content Knowledge Exam within the certification area sought. For admission to Learning & Teaching, students must earn at least the minimum score required for licensure by the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC.

For more information about the exam, visit the Praxis website and select the testing requirements for District of Columbia licensure. Information about the minimum qualifying scores for DC is available here.

Applicants can submit qualifying GRE scores or PCMAS scores in place of PRAXIS results. For exams taken in 2012 and after, a combined verbal and quantitative score of 288 and a writing score of 3.5 meet the minimum qualification for DC licensure.

Academic Statement

Applicants to Advocacy & Policy must submit a 500-word academic statement of purpose detailing your intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study. Applicants to Learning & Teaching must submit a 500-word teaching philosophy statement.

Writing Sample

Applicants to both Learning & Teaching and Advocacy & Policy should submit a paper from any subject that best demonstrates your writing ability. The sample can be an excerpt from a longer text or a standalone piece, but must:

  • follow APA guidelines (Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1″ margins);
  • demonstrate critical thinking and reflection; and
  • not exceed eight pages.

Application Fee

The application fee is waived for applicants to the Learning & Teaching program through April 1, 2024. A $90 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card at the time of application submission for subsequent application deadlines. Applicants who were McNair Scholars during their undergraduate career can submit supporting documentation to Anne Musica at to request a fee waiver.

Official Transcripts

Please submit official transcripts of all work beyond secondary school, including undergraduate and graduate coursework, study abroad courses, and non-degree courses. This requirement also includes any transfer credits that may have been completed at an institution other than the degree-granting institution.