How to Apply

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The Communication, Culture & Technology Program accepts applications for the Fall semester according to the deadlines below. Note that if you apply by January 15, we will waive the application fee.

January 15: Priority Fall Deadline

Apply for Fall admission and CCT scholarships/fellowships. Application fee waived. Fall term starts late August.

April 1: Regular Fall Deadline

Apply for Fall admission (no CCT funding). Application fee of $90. Fall term starts late August.

Application Components:

Create an online application (new window) and review all the sections. You may save your application while you work. Once you submit, you would not be able to make further changes.

In 500 words, tell us what your academic interests are and why you think CCT’s learning environment is right for you. Tell us what questions, problems, or research inquiries you would want to explore while at CCT.

Tip: Write this Statement of Purpose after finding out as much as you can about CCT and after reviewing the rest of your application. Use this essay to draw attention to the parts of your record that speak to why CCT is the program for you at this stage of your life.

Tip: Draw the attention of application reviewers to work, projects, courses, awards, competitions and other activities that are particularly relevant to CCT.

Provide a 15-25 page essay that was entirely written by you. This could be an undergraduate paper, an excerpt of a longer thesis, or a combination of two shorter essays. Application reviewers will want to see evidence of original analytical thinking, clarity of expression and proficiency with academic style. There is no restriction on the subject matter of the essay. If you have been out of college for some years, you may submit an undergraduate essay plus a more recent example of professional writing.

Tip: If you are submitting excerpts of a longer paper, add a brief description at the top to explain your choice of excerpts.

Upload copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. If you are a college senior expecting to graduate in the semester before your intended entry date, you may upload your current (in-progress) official transcript.

Follow the Grad School’s How to Apply instructions (new window), in the section on “Transcripts, Translations and Evaluations.”

International Transcripts: Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to upload their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (new window)(WES) ICAP evaluations or may utilize other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (new window) (NACES). Applicants should upload this evaluation directly to the application. If the evaluation does not include a copy of the transcripts that were evaluated, applicants must upload both the transcripts from the institution and the credential evaluation as one document to the application. 

The online application will ask you to self-report your GPA. Refer to the Grad School’s How to Apply instructions (new window), in the section on “Self-Reported GPA.”

The minimum undergraduate GPA for CCT applications is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 

A video statement is required of all applicants. Upload a video in which you answer ONE of the following prompts:

  • Describe a career that you think technology will make possible in 10 years’ time. 
  • How would you use technology to solve an existing social and/or environmental problem?
  • Pick one technology that has made an impact in a community you belong to. Tell us how you might re-design it. 

The video should be no more than 2 minutes long. At the start, please say your name and the prompt to which you are responding. There are no restrictions as to style. Your video may be formal, informal, serious, humorous, animated, spoken-to-a-webcam, graphics-filled, interview- or documentary-style. Use the medium to express yourself however you wish.

In the online application, provide the email addresses of your three recommenders. The system will then contact them with instructions on how to upload their letters. Once received, these letters will be added to your CCT application.

Tip: Select recommenders who are able to speak to your academic performance, your interest in CCT topics, and your suitability for a self-directed graduate program. If your recommender is an employer, ask them to address your critical thinking and analytical skills in particular.

GRE scores are not required. However, if you do wish to provide your GRE test scores, please have the testing agency send your scores directly to Georgetown using the code 5244.

TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required of all applicants unless they have received an undergraduate degree or higher from a school where English was the primary language of instruction.

Test scores must be received by the application deadline. Plan to take your test six to eight weeks prior to the application deadline. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL or IELTS scores.


During the COVID crisis, TOEFL tests may be completed online. See TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (new window). The minimum required score is 100.

Please ask TOEFL to send your official scores directly to Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, using code: 5244.


If IELTS test centers are closed in your area, you may take the IELTS Indicator (new window), which can be completed online. Please ask IELTS to send scores to “Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.” The minimum required score is 7.5.

Tip: CCT is a particularly verbal environment so application reviewers will want to know if you are ready for fast-paced and complex discussions. Submit your best language test scores with this in mind.

If you submit your application by the January 15 deadline, you may apply for CCT merit-based scholarships, CCT-Gnovis fellowships, CCT-CNDLS fellowships, and/or CCT-Berkley Center fellowships. See Tuition & Scholarships (new window) for more information.

The application fee will be waived if you submit by the January 15 deadline. If you submit an application by the April 1 deadline, you will be prompted to pay a fee of $90.

How to make your application as competitive as possible: