Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions to the Program

  1. What is the basic structure of the Political Economy Program?
  2. What application materials are required?
  3. Are there any prerequisite courses for the Program?
  4. Is this Program meant for students with undergraduate studies in economics?
  5. Which math courses are recommended as preparation for the Program?
  6. Do you have a minimum GRE score for admission?
  7. Do you accept the GMAT in place of the GRE?
  8. Do you have a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission?
  9. Do you have a minimum GPA for admission?
  10. Do you require work experience?
  11. Can Program students take classes in the Economics Department's Ph.D. Program?
  12. Do Program graduates receive special preference if they apply to the Economics Department's Ph.D. Program?
  13. Can Program students take additional classes in other departments at Georgetown University?
  14. What is the application deadline for the Fall 2017 semester?
  15. What is the acceptance rate?
  16. What is the cost of the Program?
  17. Is financial aid available for participants in the Program?
  18. Do you have an internship program?
  19. What is your transfer credit policy?

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1.What is the basic structure of the Political Economy Program?

The Masters Degree in Political Economy requires the successful completion of 30 course credits (ten courses) in the Program. All students in the Program matriculate in a fall semester. Full-time students take four required courses (microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and data analysis) in the fall semester. Full-time students typically take three elective courses in the spring semester and three elective courses in the summer semester, thus completing the program in one calendar year. Part-time students typically take two courses in each of the fall and spring semesters and one or two courses in the summer semester. Classes are held in the evenings, late afternoons or on weekends.


2.What application material is required?

• Application Form
• Application Fee
• Academic Statement of Purpose (max 500 words)
• 2 Letters of Recommendation (one academic)
• Entrance Examination Requirements - Official Test Results (GRE)
• Foreign Applicant Entrance Examination (TOEFL or IELTS)
• Official Transcripts of Academic Coursework and Degrees Earned
• Supplemental Application Materials: CV/Resume
Supplementary Application Form
For more information on application procedures please visit: http://grad.georgetown.edu/admissions/application-procedures/


3. Are there any prerequisite courses for the Program?

No, but familiarity with calculus as well as microeconomics and macroeconomics is very useful.


4. Is this Program meant for students with undergraduate studies in economics?

An undergraduate degree in economics is not a requirement for admission to the Masters in Political Economy Program.  However, substantial coursework in economics is one factor that tends to strengthen an application. Also, economics is a highly quantitative discipline. For that reason, substantial coursework in mathematics, probability and statistics, and other quantitative subjects is another factor that can strengthen an application for admission.


5. Which math courses are recommended as preparation for the Program?

At least two courses in calculus as well as courses in intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics are recommended.


6. Do you have a minimum GRE score for admission?

Neither the Economics Department nor the Graduate School specify minimum GRE scores for admission to the Masters in Political Economy Program.


7. Do you accept the GMAT in place of the GRE?

No.


8. Do you have a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission?

Foreign applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency to be eligible for admission. This proof may be provided in several ways specified by the Graduate School, including a TOEFL score or an IELTS score. The Department generally requires a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.


9. Do you have a minimum GPA for admission?

The Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission.


10. Do you require work experience?

No.


11. Can Program students take classes in the Economics Department's Ph.D. Program?

No.


12. Do Program graduates receive special preference if they apply to the Economics Department's Ph.D. Program?

No.


13. Can Program students take additional classes in other departments at Georgetown University?

Program students may be able to enroll for a small number of course credits in other departments with the permission of the Director of the Program and the permission of the other department. However, such courses do not count toward the 30-credit requirement for the Masters in Political Economy degree. Also, permission of the Dean of the Graduate School may be required.


14. What is the application deadline for the Fall 2017 semester?

The primary application deadline for admission for the Fall 2017 semester is May 31, 2017.


15. What is the acceptance rate?

The Graduate School does not publish data on acceptance to Graduate School programs.


16. What is the cost of the Program?

Tuition costs amount to $50,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. 


17. Is financial aid available for participants in the Program?

The University does not offer fellowships, scholarships, or teaching or research assistantships to students in the Masters in Political Economy Program.


18. Do you have an internship program?

The Masters in Political Economy Program does not have an internship program, and course credit is not granted for participation in internships.


19. What is your transfer credit policy?

The policy of theMasters in Political Economy Program is to not permit the transfer of course credits from another academic institution. All credits toward the Political Economy Masters Degree must be earned through courses offered in the Program.


 

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