How to Apply

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CCT accepts applications for the Fall and Spring semesters according to these deadlines:

January 15: Priority Fall Deadline

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

April 1: Regular Fall Deadline

Apply for Fall admission (no CCT funding). Fall term starts late August.

October 1: Regular Spring Deadline

Apply for Spring admission (no CCT funding). Spring term starts mid-January.

Applications take some planning to put together. See Tips & Timelines.

CCT applications are processed through the Graduate Admissions office. Please read the Application Requirements Checklist which describes in detail the steps in the application process.

How to Apply:

  1. Click on the links for additional information.
  2. Complete the Online Application. You will be asked to:
    1. Upload these items:
      1. Statement of Purpose
      2. Resume or CV
      3. Academic Writing Sample
      4. Scanned copy of your undergraduate transcript. If you have a higher degree, please upload that transcript as well.
      5. Statements of Interest for Fellowships (if applicable)
      6. Video Statement (recommended)
    2. Self-report your GPA
    3. Provide email addresses of three recommenders.
    4. Indicate if you wish to be considered for CCT scholarships. (Only for Jan 15 applications.)
    5. Pay the Application Fee.
  3. Make arrangements for these documents to be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
    1. GRE test scores
    2. TOEFL/IELTS test scores

Tip: Familiarize yourself with the instructions in the CCT application. Create an online application and review all the sections. You may save your application until you are ready to submit. Once you submit, you would not be able to make further changes.

To check if all the necessary parts of your application have been received by Graduate Admissions, wait about 2 weeks after you have submitted your online application. When you log back into the system, you will see a status update on outstanding items, such as test scores and recommendation letters.

Application Components:

Statement of Purpose:

Within 500 words, tell us how you see yourself and why you think you would benefit from the learning environment at CCT. 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 right program for you at this stage of your life.

Resume or CV:

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

Academic Writing Sample:

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.


Applicants are required to upload to the application system transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.

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 (WES) ICAP evaluations or may utilize other credential evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (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 minimum GPA for CCT applications is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). See Class Profile for average scores of current students. Frequently asked questions are addressed in the Transcript FAQs. Contact if you have questions.

GRE test scores:

GRE scores are required of all applicants unless they have already completed a graduate degree.

Plan to take your test no later than one month prior to the application deadline. Ask the testing service to send your official scores directly to Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (code: 5244). Please do not upload your copy of a score report to the online system.

All official examination results must be:

–    received by the application deadline
–    received directly from the appropriate testing organization (photocopied/faxed/scanned documents will not fulfill this requirement).

Tip: See Class Profile for average scores of current students. CCT does not require minimum GRE scores.

TOEFL/IELTS test scores:

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. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

For TOEFL: a minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required. Please ask the testing service to send your official scores directly to Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (code: 5244). Do not upload your copy of a score report to the online system.

For IELTS: a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 is required. Please ask the testing service to send your official score to:

Georgetown University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Box 571004
3520 Prospect St. NW
Room CB-207
Washington, D.C. 20057

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. See Class Profile for average scores of current students.

CCT Scholarships and Fellowships:

CCT scholarships and fellowships are offered once a year. Only Fall applicants submitting by the January 15 deadline may apply for funding. The Online Application will prompt you to declare if you wish to be considered for CCT merit-based scholarships and/or fellowships, and upload statement(s) of interest for gnovis fellowships and CNDLS fellowships. See Tuition & Scholarships for additional funding information.

Video statement (recommended):

You are encouraged to upload a video statement to support your CCT application. Keep the video to under 2 minutes, and use it to answer ONE of these 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 problem?
–   Pick one technology that has made an impact in a community you belong to. Tell us how you might re-design it. 

At the start of your video, 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.

Self-reported GPA:

You will be required to self-report the grade point averages (GPA) for undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework in the Self-Reported GPA section of the application.

The GPA represents the combined GPA of all credits applied toward the primary degree. All applicants will provide the self-reported GPA for their primary undergraduate degree. Those who have attended a graduate program will need to calculate a second GPA for the graduate degree.

Please review the steps to understand what needs to be reported and how to calculate your GPA. If your undergrad institution did not provide letter grades, please contact


When you provide the email addresses of your three recommenders, the Online Application system will 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 past academic performance, your interest in CCT topics, and your suitability for a self-directed graduate program. If your recommender is an employer, it would help if they addressed your critical thinking and analytical skills in particular.