Frequently Asked Questions

PRE-APPLICATION QUESTIONS

I’d like to find out more about CCT. May I speak with a faculty member, student or alum?
Yes. In fact, we encourage prospective students to find out what they can about our program. Please contact Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications. 

I do not have a background in computer science or coding. What courses do you recommend I take before applying to CCT?
You do not need to take any preparatory courses before applying to CCT. We do not require that CCT students be technologists or aspire to be technologists. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and build their individualized curriculum based on their own interests, abilities and personal goals.

I have taken graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits if I apply to CCT?
Incoming students may transfer a maximum of 9 credits from another institution towards their CCT degree requirements. Not all courses are eligible, however. In reviewing transfer requests, CCT's Director of Academic Programs would need detailed information such as transcripts and course syllabi. 

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Do I have to select a particular course cluster or plan of study during the application process?
No. In fact, CCT students are not expected to stick to one course cluster throughout their program. We have listed our courses in clusters only as a thematic arrangement. Since this is an interdisciplinary program, CCT students usually select courses across cluster groupings as they build their individualized curriculum.

Can students enroll on a part-time basis?
Yes, although full-time admission is strongly encouraged. Part-time students take two classes per semester and have three years to complete the program. CCT classes meet once a week, most in the afternoons and evenings.

One of my transcripts is not in English. Is this acceptable?
Official foreign transcripts should be accompanied by a notarized translation into English. The official notarized translation should be submitted to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the notary. For transcripts from universities outside the U.S, we prefer that they be evaluated and sent to Georgetown from World Education Services (WES) or equivalent credential evaluation services.

I have a hard copy of my transcript with me. Can I send that to you?
This would not be considered an official transcript. Please note that a transcript is only considered official when it is:

  • submitted to the Graduate School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe (preferred method) OR
  • submitted to the Graduate School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (or equivalent office). The address to use is:

       Georgetown University
       Office of Graduate Admissions
       Attn: Application transcripts
       Box 571004
       3520 Prospect Street, NW
       Room CB-207
       Washington, DC 20057-1004

My writing sample is more than 25 pages long. What should I do?
If it is a few pages over 25, please go ahead and upload it. If it is much longer, please check with Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications.

My writing sample is under 15 pages long. What should I do?
You may submit two writing samples if they are each under 15 pages. If you have other concerns, please check with Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications.

My writing sample is a report from a group assignment. Will this do?
No. The review committee will need to see a sample of only your writing. Bear in mind that the purpose of the writing sample is to show how well you handle high-level academic writing and produce original critical analysis.

I have been working for some time and don’t have a recent academic writing sample. What should I do?
You may submit an assignment that was done in college as well as a more recent piece written in a professional context. If you have further questions, please check with Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications.

May I have employers provide recommendations rather than professors?
Yes, provided your employer can speak to your analytical and critical thinking skills. Please ensure that at least one of the three recommenders is familiar with your academic abilities.

May I submit additional information with my application?
Please check with Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications.

What are CCT's admission rates?
Georgetown University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does not make individual program acceptance rates public.

Do I need to interview?
No. However you might wish to consider submitting a video statement. This is optional but will allow you to show the admissions reviewers that you understand how this unusual interdisciplinary program fits your personal abilities and goals.

Where should I mail my application materials?
The application itself can only be submitted via the online system used by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Only transcripts that cannot be sent electronically from your university may be mailed. Please see the Application Requirements section in How to Apply.

When will I be notified of CCT's admission decision?
Please refer to the Application Timelines section on the Prospective Students page.

If I am accepted, can I defer my admission to next year?
Please check with Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications.

If I was denied admission or not approved for an admissions deferment, can I have my application considered again for next year?
Please check with Ai-Hui Tan, Director of Admissions and Communications.

TESTING AND SCORES

What are the minimum test scores and GPAs required for admission?
There is no minimum score required for the GRE. The minimum GPA is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 100. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.5.

What are the average GRE, TOEFL scores, and GPAs for enrolled students? Can you provide some class profile statistics (years of work experience, number of international students, etc.)?
You can find these and other statistics on our Fast Facts page.

Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS if I studied at an English language school for one or two years but did not receive a degree?
Yes. You will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score if you do not have a Bachelor’s or higher degree from a school where English was the primary language of instruction.

Am I required to take the GRE if I took the GMAT or LSAT test?
Yes. Unless you have already completed a graduate degree, you will need to provide GRE test scores.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Does CCT award scholarships?
Yes. Please note that these are very competitive so we recommend applying to as many grants and scholarships as you are eligible for to increase your chances of receiving funding. See our Financials page.

I have been offered admission to CCT. I did not apply for a CCT scholarship or fellowship before the January 15 deadline but I need one to finance my education. Can I ask for an award now?
No. Since these are merit-based awards, we consider all applications at the same time in order to select the most deserving candidates. Once funds are awarded to the successful scholars and fellows, we have no more funding to offer for that academic year.

I have been offered admission to CCT and did not receive a scholarship or fellowship. Would I be able to apply later for financial support in my second year?
No. Unfortunately, CCT scholarships and fellowships are only available to incoming students. However there may be other financial awards that you could apply for. See our Financials page.

Do many students work while taking courses?
Yes. Most full-time CCT students are employed on a part-time basis. CCT students not only have access to the rich and varied Georgetown University student jobs database but also receive a weekly list of job and internship opportunities especially suited to CCTers. There are also part-time CCT students who work full-time. For some, their employers are supporting their studies, such as Georgetown University employees using Tuition Assistance benefits.

OPPORTUNITIES AFTER CCT

Do CCT students pursue Ph.D. programs after graduating?
Yes, some do. Roughly 15-20 percent of each graduating class pursues a Ph.D. Many students have found that their exposure to multiple research methods and opportunity to learn from supportive faculty while at CCT boosted their analytical and academic skills, giving them a strong foundation for doctoral research.