Questions we imagine you might ask:

We will keep updating this page as we receive additional questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Note that Jessica Marr, Academic Coordinator for the English Department, is the point person for anyone who wants to reach the program directly.

Why should I attend Georgetown?

The Georgetown University English Department is uniquely equipped to prepare its graduate students for future work within or beyond the academy. There are a lot of features and qualities that make the program a great choice for MA students; here are our Top Five reasons for attending Georgetown.

First, our graduate program is a stand-alone MA program — one of the few that exist in research universities. As a result, you’ll receive close attention and support from the English faculty; you won’t be competing with PhD students for attention or opportunities. Limiting the program to first- and second-year graduate students also fosters a supportive community and a real sense of camaraderie among the students. Despite our diverse backgrounds, interests, and goals, we’re all in this together!

Second, the department offers two options for completing the program: the thesis and the capstone. In short, the thesis is a traditional academic research paper, about 60–80 pages in length. You will work closely with a thesis advisor, and the culmination of the project includes a thesis defense. The capstone option allows students to pursue their interests with more flexibility: students can choose a non-academic audience for their work. Capstones take a digital form—they live on the web. Examples of previous capstones include a project on working-class women writers and a project on supporting student-veterans in higher education. Both the thesis and the capstone offer students a robust platform to showcase their scholarly work, and our graduates have gone on to enter highly-ranked PhD programs and competitive careers alike. More information on both of these routes will be given at the Open House.

Third, Georgetown offers numerous opportunities for internships and part-time work. Some of these opportunities can build directly on coursework, while others allow students to pursue different interests. Of course, many students choose to find work outside of Georgetown. Doing graduate work in DC means that you have the nation’s capital at your fingertips, and job and internship openings are abundant within the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area.

Fourth, Georgetown University is part of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. You’ll have access to thirteen other universities in the area, the benefits of which include the ability to cross-register for classes that are not offered at Georgetown and to borrow materials from their libraries. (They’ll even deliver books to the Georgetown campus!) You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to attend the academic conferences that many of the consortium universities (including Georgetown) host.

Fifth, the Georgetown network crosses state and national boundaries. As a student of one of the top private research universities in the country, you’ll meet people and forge connections that will extend well past your stay at Georgetown. Our Alumni Association is over 127 years old and has over 160,000 members, and Georgetown is famous for having a hefty list of notable alumni (oh yes, we linked to Wikipedia). The old adage goes, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” As budding scholars we might take issue with that statement, but at Georgetown you’ll get to know the “who” as well as the “what.” Georgetown also hosts plenty of prominent speakers: in the last year alone we’ve had speeches from Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hilary Clinton, actor Kevin Spacey, business magnate Warren Buffett, and President Barack Obama.

These are just a handful of the compelling reasons to attend Georgetown University.

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What classes will be offered next year?

Provisional course offerings for Fall 2015:

Worlds of Beowulf Kelley Wickham-Crowley
Shakespeare Lindsay Kaplan
British Romanticism Duncan Wu
British Gothic Novel Patrick O’Malley
Mass Media & the American Mind Brian Hochman
Intro to Critical Theory Ricardo Ortiz
Poetry and Poetics of the African Diaspora Mark McMorris
Approaches to Teaching Writing Norma Tilden
Capstone Seminar Matthew Pavesich
Thesis Seminar Cóilín Parsons



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Where do I go to inquire about funding and financial aid?

For questions about funding through the English Department, please contact Jessica Marr (jm2807 [at] georgetown [dot] edu), who handles inquires on behalf of our Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Patrick O’Malley.

For questions about financial assistance, please consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS): http://finaid.georgetown.eduThe OSFS works with students to assess their ability to meet educational costs, awards need-based financial aid packages, and provides information on other available educational financing options. Their website provides answers to frequently asked questions, information about how to apply for loans, links to helpful sources of information about financing a graduate education, and more. Students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens may apply for need-based federal student financial aid by completing the following applications:

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Georgetown University Graduate Supplement Form

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How do I register for classes?

To see key dates related to registration and the start of school, please see the Registrar’s calendar: (Make sure you’re looking at the 2015-2016 academic year calendar.)

For your first semester, you will receive information via email to pre-register in July for fall classes; you will complete registration at the end of August. Every semester thereafter, you will register for the following semester of classes halfway through the current semester.

As a general rule, you should plan to take three courses in your first semester. (Doing so will ensure that you are considered a “full-time student.”) You can also expect to receive a spot in the classes for which you preregister. (It is very, very rare for a graduate seminar within our department to reach capacity.)

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