Prospective Students

 

Why CCT?

At CCT, an English major may learn about robotics or an economics grad about linguistic analysis, each discovering illuminating connections between disparate fields of study. If you have solid academic skills and an affinity for seeking out fresh solutions to problems, CCT will put you in the company of like-minded students and faculty, all with vastly diverse backgrounds but a common desire to seek innovative approaches to understanding today’s technology. Expect to be challenged and inspired to explore new paths in terms of career directions and personal goals.

What is it like to be a CCT Student?

CCT is an interdisciplinary program where students from diverse academic backgrounds work together to analyze how technology impacts society, using tools from multiple disciplines as they develop fresh insight and solutions. See CCT’s Learning Goals and M.A. Degree Requirements.

You would be expected to build your own curriculum, following your interests as they develop. Outside of 2 mandatory courses, you would be taking 9-11 electives. CCT electives cover such a wide area that we list them according to thematic “clusters.” Check out our Course ClustersCurrent Courses, and Certificate Programs. Note that you would not be expected to stay within a course cluster. For examples of the interdisciplinary work created by CCT students, see Student Projects and Thesis Projects

What makes CCT special is the learning environment here. Our top-class faculty enjoy learning from students and working with them on research projects and conference presentations. See recent faculty achievements in our news section. Students also learn from each other. Because they have different academic interests and career goals, they freely share their expertise with each other rather than compete. The result is a rich, supportive community where the priority is on developing fresh ideas, discovering new paths of inquiry, and challenging one another to surpass expectations. See Student Initiatives for team activities conceived, developed and run by CCTers.

As a student, you could also work on our student-run peer-reviewed academic journalgnovis. You would have the opportunity to contribute your own writing, review submissions from other institutions, as well as gain experience in academic publishing. Besides the printed journal, gnovis hosts a weekly blog and organizes events such as debates and gnoviCon, where well-known figures are invited to speak on campus on CCT-related topics.

For a fuller discussion of what prospective students may expect at CCT, check out our Fall 2016 Open House.

What kinds of careers are open to CCT grads?

This would depend on the academic and professional background you came into CCT with as well as the individualized curriculum and additional skills you would have developed while here. CCT works as a community of learners and students learn from each other through student initiatives. In addition, because of our diversity, you would have developed one other very important skill: communicating effectively with people who have different assumptions, expectations and jargon. This skill is invaluable and applicable to any career.

Here are some jobs held by CCT alumni:

Knowledge Management Officer, World Bank
Director of Development, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Press Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives
Consultant, Human Rights Watch
Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton 
Director of Data Architecture, MediaVest
User Experience Designer, Google
Senior Digital Manager, Pew Internet
Lead Learning Architect, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

Who should apply?

CCT welcomes students from all backgrounds who are interested in technology and culture. We look for applicants who demonstrate an aptitude and eagerness to learn from a wide range of fields, even those with which they have no familiarity. CCT students have an intellectual agility allowing them to thrive and innovate when challenged to find new solutions through the lenses of multiple disciplines.

While most students here are full-time, several others are studying at CCT while keeping their full-time job. Part-time students take two classes per semester and have three years to complete the program. 

Current Georgetown College and School of Foreign Service undergrads may also be eligible to apply for CCT’s Accelerated M.A. program.

Find out more about CCT

CCT is unique among graduate programs. Here are some ways you can get more information:

Application Deadlines

Completed applications must be received by the following deadlines:
     November 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 
     January 15, 2017 for Fall 2017 (Priority, includes applications for CCT scholarship or fellowships)
     April 1, 2017 for Fall 2017 (Regular)

Please note

  • International applicants requiring a new student visa are advised to apply for Fall entry.
  • Applications for CCT scholarship or fellowships are only accepted once a year during the Priority Fall season.
Application Timelines

For Spring admission:

  • Gather information: January - July
  • Attend CCT recruitment events, schedule a visit, contact CCT Admissions
  • Research and apply for external (non-Georgetown) funding support 
  • Schedule GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests (unless exempt)
     
  • Prepare application materials: August - October
  • Take GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests (unless exempt)
  • Request transcripts from all universities attended
  • Request recommendation letters
  • Upload your video statement to Box (optional)
     
  • Submit completed application by November 1
  • Check that your online application is complete and includes:
  • All university transcripts
  • Test scores (unless exempt)
  • All recommendation letters  
  • Receive CCT decision by early December. Spring classes start by mid-January.

For Priority Fall admission (includes applications for CCT scholarship or fellowships):

  • Gather information: January - October
  • Attend CCT recruitment events, schedule a visit, contact CCT Admissions
  • Research and apply for external (non-Georgetown) scholarships and fellowships
  • Schedule GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests (unless exempt)
  • Prepare application materials: November - December
  • Take GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests (unless exempt)
  • Request transcripts from all universities attended
  • Request recommendation letters 
  • Upload your video statement to Box (optional)
  • Submit completed application by January 15
  • Check that your online application is complete and includes:
  • All university transcripts
  • Test scores (unless exempt)
  • All recommendation letters
  • CCT Scholarship and/or Fellowship applications (optional)
     
  • Receive CCT decision by early March. Fall classes start by late August.

For Regular Fall admission:

  • Gather information: May - December
  • Attend CCT recruitment events, schedule a visit, contact CCT Admissions
  • Research and apply for external (non-Georgetown) funding support
  • Schedule GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests (unless exempt)
  • Prepare application materials: January - March
  • Take GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests (unless exempt)
  • Request transcripts from all universities attended
  • Request recommendation letters 
  • Upload your video statement to Box (optional) 
     
  • Submit completed application by April 1 
  • Check that your online application is complete and includes:
  • All university transcripts
  • Test scores (unless exempt)
  • All recommendation letters
     
  • Receive CCT decision by mid-May. Fall classes start by late August.

Ready to apply? See How to Apply and Frequently Asked Questions.