Frequently Asked Questions
Opportunities After CCT
I’m an international student. Are CCT students eligible to apply for the 2-year STEM extension of the Optional Practical Training period?
CCT’s CIP code (new window) is 09.0702, which is STEM eligible. Students wishing to apply for this extension must first successfully complete the regular 12-month OPT period following completion of the program, then follow guidance from Georgetown’s Office of Global Services on the STEM OPT Extension (new window) to apply for the additional 24 months of work authorization.
Yes, some do. Roughly 15-20 percent of CCT grads pursue a Ph.D. or another qualification, e.g. a law degree. 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.
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.
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 Affairs would need detailed information, such as transcripts and course syllabi.
Application and Admissions 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.
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.
Your transcript must be accompanied by an English language version provided by the academic institution. If your institution does not provide English language copies, applicants are responsible for providing a certified or notarized translation along with a copy of the original 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.
Please review the section on transcripts in How to Apply.
If it is a few pages over 25, please go ahead and upload it. If it is much longer, please check with Ryan Tunkel, Admissions and Communications Manager.
You may submit two writing samples if they are each under 15 pages. If you have other concerns, please check with Ryan Tunkel, Admissions and Communications Manager.
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 Ryan Tunkel, Admissions and Communications Manager.
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.
If you have written blog posts, produced videos, or have some other kind of creative product, you may list these urls in your resume and explain what your role was in this work. If you have further questions, please check with Ryan Tunkel, Admissions and Communications Manager.
Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does not make individual program acceptance rates public.
Please refer to Tips & Timelines.
Please check with Ryan Tunkel, Admissions and Communications Manager.
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 Ryan Tunkel, Admissions and Communications Manager.
Testing and Scores
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 Class Profile page.
Do I have to take the TOEFL or IELTS if I studied at an English language school for a few 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.
Yes. Unless you have already completed a graduate degree, you will need to provide GRE test scores.
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 Tuition & Scholarships.
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 Tuition and Scholarships.
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.