FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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General

Why should I study global health?

Worldwide demand for health equity, pandemic preparedness and addressing the double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases requires trained professionals with a global perspective, field experience and an understanding of population health. Formally studying global health is an important step in entering or further excelling in the area of global health.

How will a Master’s Degree in Global Health from Georgetown set me apart?

The degree at Georgetown takes an applied learning approach, where students learn the principles of global health and apply them in the field. Through an in-depth field research experience, students will build competencies in research methods, culturally sensitive approaches and contribute to the academic field of global health. Obtaining a Master of Science in Global Health from Georgetown University will provide you with a highly sought-after combination of skills, knowledge and hands-on experience required by many employees in the field.

What career pathways will a Master’s Degree in Global Health prepare me for?

The Master of Science in Global Health degree from Georgetown University prepares students to enter the global health field through multiple pathways. Graduates have found jobs with non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations, consulting firms, government (local, state, federal and international) as well as working in the health sector. Typical positions focus on data and policy analysis, technical assistance, program development, program monitoring and evaluation and business development.

Program Structure

Where can I find the program curriculum?

The sample program curriculum for the Master of Science in Global Health is available in the program brochure.

How long is the Master of Science in Global Health program? 

The full-time program consists of three semesters that can be completed in as few as 13 months. The part-time program plan of study can be customized, but usually takes approximately two years.

Where can I find information on the five concentrations?

Please find detailed information on the concentrations webpage.

At what times will Global Health classes be offered? 

Almost all core courses are offered during weekday evenings.  Times of concentration/elective courses vary, but students have flexibility to select them accordingly.

Will students be able to enroll in the Master of Science in Global Health program part-time?

Yes, we enroll part-time students! Click here to learn more about the part-time track. Please be advised that the Field Research Module, which requires a minimum 12-week applied field research work abroad, cannot be waived, and that some concentration courses may only be offered during the daytime hours.

Is the Master of Science in Global Health program offered in an on-campus or distance format?

The program is offered on-campus only (except for the field research module).

Application Submission and Notification Process

When is the application deadline?

The priority deadline is January 15th followed by rolling admissions through a final deadline of June 1st. If possible, we recommend that applicants apply by the priority deadline.

What is the advantage of applying by the priority deadline?

Historically, those who submit their applications by the priority deadline have a slightly better chance at earning admission and partial, merit-based scholarships.  This is because we simply have more seats available early in the admission cycle. Also, the application fee is waived for applicants who apply by the priority deadline. 

If I miss the priority deadline, is it still worth applying?

Yes!  We continue to admit (and award merit-based scholarships, depending on availability, to) worthy candidates through 1 June.  If you’re still unsure about applying, feel free to contact us to speak with a program representative.

How do I apply?

Please visit the How to Apply page for detailed application instructions.

Is a GRE or GMAT score required for entry into the program?

No standardized test scores are required.  However, applicants may choose to submit GRE or GMAT scores to supplement their application.

Are prerequisite courses required?

No, there are no prerequisite courses required for this program.  

Is there an ideal academic background for admission to the Master of Science in Global Health program?

Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds — everything from public health to anthropology to language studies (and much more!).  More important is how you’ve identified and applied your passion for global health.  Undergraduate major is relevant, but only part of your story.

What advice do you have for writing the statement of purpose?

The Statement of Purpose response should demonstrate your critical thinking skills.  Why are you passionate about global health?  Why do you want to pursue this passion at Georgetown?  Tell us your story!

Do you recommend submitting a résumé or CV?

Yes, either a résumé or CV is required.

Are there requirements for who should write the letters of recommendation?

The three recommendations submitted should be academic and/or professional in nature.  Ideally, at least one should be from a professional reference, and at least one should be from an academic reference.  If applicants have been removed from undergraduate study for a long time — or if they have just graduated from college — then we understand that recommendations will be more professional or academic in nature.

Is a video interview required?

Yes, a recorded video interview is required as a part of the online application. Questions are provided in writing and applicants have an allotment of time to respond whilst being recorded. The system allows applicants only one opportunity to record their responses. As a small program, the video interview is an important way for our faculty to get to know you as an applicant.

Should I be anxious about the video interview? Is it a test?

The video interview is not a test! The video interview is a great way for our faculty to get to know you and learn about your interests and passions. We understand that you may be nervous recording your interview and that is okay! 

If I do not have extensive experience living, working, or studying abroad, can I apply to the program?

While not required, we strongly recommend that applicants have experience living, working, or studying abroad – particularly in a low- or middle-income country. However, we do evaluate applications in a holistic manner.

Substantive exposure in any resource-challenged environment requiring adaptivity and cross-cultural communication skills is highly beneficial.   

Will I be notified of any missing application materials?

You are responsible for ensuring that your application is submitted with all the required components.  All applicants will apply online and may access an online checklist to determine which materials have been received in support of the application. 

Do I need to submit official transcripts?

It depends. Applicants who have earned their degree(s) inside the U.S. and Canada are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts for verification.  Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements (new window) for additional details and FAQs. 

Applicants who have earned degree(s) at institution(s) outside the U.S. and Canada must have their official transcripts reviewed by WES in a course-by-course evaluation. If you fall within this category, please submit your official transcripts for evaluation as soon as possible, as WES review can take up to several months.

I’ve ordered my transcripts to Georgetown. However, my online application form does not indicate that they have arrived.  Should I be concerned?

The Office of Graduate Admissions office receives thousands of applications materials each year for programs across the Graduate School.  It can take a week for the admissions team to manually match your transcript to your application. 

Please note that we cannot mark a transcript as “received” in our online system until there’s an application to which it can be matched.  Therefore, you must submit your online application before it can be matched and marked as “received.” 

If a transcript has not been marked as “received” one week after the applicant has submitted their application, then please contact us.

When are applicants notified about admissions decisions?

Our faculty panel reviews applications thoroughly.  For those who apply by the 15 January priority deadline, decisions will be rendered in 5 to 6 weeks, depending on volume.  After the priority deadline, decisions will be released on a rolling basis.

If accepted to the Master of Science in Global Health program, how long do I have to make a decision?

You will have approximately one month from the date of your decision to confirm enrollment.

International and Non-U.S-Educated Applicants

Are there any additional requirements for transcripts from outside of the United States?

Yes, all transcripts from outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org) in a course-by-course format. The official WES evaluation must be submitted by the application deadline. (The WES evaluation requirement is waived for Father Nebres Scholarship applicants.)

To what address should I send official transcripts?

Please have your transcript(s) sent to the following address:

Georgetown University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3520 Prospect St, NW
Box 571004, CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004

Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS exam?

Georgetown University requires foreign applicants to provide proof of English language proficiency. If you earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction, then you do not have to take the TOEFL/IELTS. If you completed some coursework at a university where English is the primary language of instruction, you may still need to take the TOEFL/IELTS. If you have questions, please contact us (globalhealthms@georgetown.edu) to clarify whether a TOEFL/IELTS score is required.

Is there a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required for entry into the program?

The minimum TOEFL score is 600 (paper test) or 100 (iBT test). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services for information about funding, tuition, need-based aid, and other financing questions (202.687.4547). Merit-based financial aid is handled by the M.S. in Global Health program.

How much is the tuition for the M.S. in Global Health Master’s program?

Please see the Office of Student Financial Services website for current and future rates.  Remember that our program is 32 credits.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, admitted students will be offered a need-based financial aid package based on the results of their FAFSA evaluation.  Please note that the Office of Student Financial Services is the central office for FAFSA inquiries. Generally speaking, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal financial aid.

Are there scholarships available for students?

Yes!  The Department has partial, merit-based scholarships available.  Though they do not cover the entirety of tuition, they are a substantial reduction in cost.  

Because there are a limited number available, merit-based scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.  There is no separate application for merit-based aid.  All students (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) are eligible for merit-based scholarships.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Yes!  Each year, the Department selects several graduate assistants to support faculty members’ ongoing research projects, undergraduate course instruction, and program communications.  GAs have the opportunity to earn a competitive hourly wage for up to 20 hours of work per week.  Due to the limited number of positions, the GAships are awarded on a competitive basis.  GAs are not selected until the beginning of the Fall semester, so only enrolled students (including international students) are eligible.

Does the program offer any other financial support?

All M.S. in Global Health students are provided with $5,000 in the form of a non-service stipend to help offset travel, housing, and certain research costs abroad.  The non-service stipend does not need to be repaid.

We encourage participants to seek out additional, external funding through scholarships from governments, foundations, and other sources.

Housing and Transportation

Is student housing available?

No, Georgetown University does not provide on-campus housing for graduate students.

Where do students live during the program?

Students live within a reasonable commuting distance from campus. Many students rent a town house or share apartments in the Georgetown vicinity (Glover Park, Dupont Circle, etc.), or nearby in Virginia (Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria) or Maryland.

Where can I find information on housing?

For off campus housing information and resources, please visit the Office of Off Campus Housing website.

Do I need a car? Is there parking on campus?

Depending upon where students live, it is often not necessary to have a car during the program. There is little to no student parking on campus.

What public transportation resources are available?

MetroRail does not run directly to campus.  However, Georgetown has free campus shuttles that circulate from campus to each of the Dupont Circle and Rosslyn metro stops, as well as along Wisconsin Ave.  Additionally, campus is served by MetroBus lines.  Please visit the Office of Transportation Management website for more information.