Admissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the application process for the MA in Educational Transformation? These are some of the most common answers! For additional information, consult the application requirements checklist provided by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences or contact us at

Application Deadlines

When is the application deadline? Our priority scholarship deadline is December 15th, our interim deadline with the application fee waived is January 15th, and our final deadline is April 1st.

When should I apply for Learning & Teaching? Applicants to Learning & Teaching are encouraged to apply by early December in order to receive a decision by mid-January. While early application is not required, Learning & Teaching applicants who are admitted to the program by January are given priority consideration with our partner schools. Our priority scholarship deadline is December 15th, our application fee waiver deadline is January 15th, and our final deadline is April 1st.

Official Transcripts

How do I submit transcripts? Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs. 

What do I need to know for transcripts from an institution outside the US? Official foreign transcripts should be accompanied by a notarized translation into English, submitted to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope that is 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. 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

Do I need to submit standardized test scores? Applicants to the Advocacy & Policy concentration are not required to submit standardized test scores. Applicants to the Learning & Teaching concentration are required to demonstrate basic skills knowledge by submitting evidence of 3.0 or higher grade-point average earned for a completed bachelor’s degree OR by submitting passing scores achieved for the Praxis Core exam or the GRE.

I’m a Learning & Teaching applicant who needs to submit a test score. What are the passing scores for the Praxis Core exam and the GRE? The minimum passing scores for the Praxis Core exam are a score of 156 on the Reading exam, 162 on the Writing exam, and 150 on the Mathematics exam. The minimum passing scores for the GRE exam are a combined verbal and quantitative score of 288 and a writing score of 3.5.

What is the GRE code used to submit my test scores to the MA in Educational Transformation? The GRE code for all Georgetown programs is 5244.

Academic Statements

What is the personal statement? 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.


How many recommendations are required? Three recommendations are required, with at least two of the letters from academic sources. All three recommendations will need to be submitted through the online application portal, which will automatically email your recommenders instructions for online submission and allow you to track recommendation submissions.

What should my recommenders write about? Your recommenders should cover why you would be a good fit for our program as well as your academic strengths and your commitment to education. They should be able to speak to your academic abilities, especially your writing and research skills and ability to read critically, professional and personal maturity, independence and initiative, leadership skills, and teaching experience.

What if my reference can’t access the online recommendation? In the event your reference can’t access the online recommendation, please contact the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at

Language Proficiency

Is there a language proficiency requirement for admission? 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 in two ways: 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, or official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score reports. TOEFL and IELTS reports must be received directly from the appropriate testing organization – photocopies or faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.

What is the minimum IELTS score? The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

What is the IELTS code? IELTS doesn’t use a code as reports are sent directly to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

What is the minimum TOEFL score? The minimum TOEFL score is 80.

What is the TOEFL code? The TOEFL code for all Georgetown University programs is 5244.