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Application and Admissions Processes
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How do I apply to CCT?
Begin CCT's online application.
When are the application deadlines, and what materials are required?
Deadlines change each year, and the deadlines for this year are:
Spring 2006 (no scholarship consideration): October 28, 2005
Fall 2006 (scholarship consideration): January 26, 2006
Fall 2006 (no scholarship consideration): February 27, 2006
Applications must be received by the deadline.
Application material requirements
Can students enroll on a part-time basis?
Yes, but full-time admission is strongly encouraged. If you plan to enroll on a part-time basis, please note this on your application form.
Part-time students take two classes per semester and have three years to complete the program. Most classes are in the afternoons and evenings, either 4:15-6:05 or 6:15-8:05 pm. A few classes are offered earlier in the day. Almost all CCT courses meet once per week, so you could have both your classes on one day per week. You may miss a few of the daytime events and lectures during the semester, depending on your schedule, but we try to have as many events as possible during the afternoon or evening hours.
May I submit additional information or samples of my work with my application?
Yes, as long as it is relevant to your application for admission to CCT. For example, if you had poor grades for a semester in college due to a family emergency, please attach a note to that effect. If you have creative or professional work you think sheds light on your ability to perform well in graduate school you may include a diskette, CD-ROM, or a list of URLs.
In other words, if you feel that providing additional information would reveal an important part of your experience, interests or goals, please supplement the application as needed.
Do you prefer that applicants submit the application form online? Which parts of the application can be submited online? Can I download paper forms to submit?
Yes. Currently, you can submit the application form and application fee online. The other pieces are submitted in paper directly to the Graduate School. If you need a paper application, you can print the application form and recommendation forms.
What makes a good personal statement?
The personal statement should explain why CCT is a good fit for your academic interests, and what you will contribute to the CCT community. Be yourself, and be brief (500 words).
What sort of academic writing sample is CCT looking for?
The academic writing sample should demonstrate your ability to conduct scholarly research, preferably on a topic relevant to the CCT Program. A research paper, an undergraduate term paper or thesis project, or a substantial article or conference paper, is highly desirable. Writing samples should be 10 to 25 pages long. Applicants who have been out of school for a while and do not feel that their previous academic writing best represents their current abilities may choose to submit something written in a professional context. It is very important, however, that a writing sample from a professional context demonstrate an applicant's analytical ability.
May I have employers provide recommendations rather than professors?
At least two of the three letters of recommendation should be from academic sources (former professors or advisors). If you have been out of school for five or more years, and you experience difficulty contacting your former professors, you may submit recommendations from employers. Please make clear to them that letters of recommendation that speak to your analytical abilities and capacity to undertake graduate-level work are more influential than letters attesting to your performance and congenial demeanor in a employment context.
Do I have to select a particular course cluster or plan of study during the application processs?
No. In fact, CCT encourages students to find their own niche, and develop something entirely unique. The CCT course clusters are provided merely as a guide to applicants interested in getting a better sense of areas of study that may be pursued in CCT. Students are not required to restrict themselves to study within a single course cluster.
What are CCT's admission rates?
Georgetown University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences does not make public individual program acceptance rates.
How many students are in the CCT Program?
About 140 to 150 students are enrolled in the program at any time. We enroll about 70 new students each year. Most enroll on a full-time basis, meaning they take nine credits per semester. Approximately 14 percent enroll on a part-time basis, and they typically take six credits per semester.
Do I need to interview?
Interviews are not required. We do offer both online and in person information sessions throughout the year. Dates and an RSVP form are online.
We also travel to attend various graduate school fairs, and we may be visiting your area soon. Please refer to the main CCT homepage each fall for a list of fairs we will attend.
If you can't attend one of the scheduled information sessions, please contact Maggie Malone, CCT's Admissions Manager, to schedule an interview.
Where should I mail my application materials?
All mailed applications and/or supplemental materials must be sent directly to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Do not mail your application to CCT.
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Office of Graduate Admissions
Washington, DC 20057-1004
If you are using an express mail service that will not accept a post office box, please mail to:
The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Office of Graduate Admissions
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057-1004
When will I be notified of CCT's admission decision?
Once we receive your complete appication, the Graduate School will officially notify you of the admissions decision within five weeks. We will be in touch with you throughout the application and admissions process.
If I am accepted, can I defer my admission to next year?
CCT considers requests for deferment in extreme circumstances only. Email the Admissions Manager, Maggie Malone, to request a deferral.
If I was denied admission or not approved for an admissions deferment, can I have my application considered again for next year?
If you have applied within the past year (whether previously accepted or not) you can reactivate your application via the procedure outlined on the graduate school Web site. The reactivation materials must be submitted by the appropriate admissions deadline.
If you applied over a year ago, your application is no longer on file in the Graduate School, and you will need to submit a new application package by the application deadline.
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). If you are an international student, we will look for an equivalent grade point average according to your school's grading system. The minimum TOEFL scores are: 600 (paper test); 250 (computer-based test). The minimum IELTS score for admission is 7.
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 at our fast factspage.
Do you accept IELTS scores instead of TOEFL scores to demonstrate English proficiency?
As of August 2004, we accept either IELTS scores or TOEFL scores to satisfy the English language proficiency requirement.
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?
If you did not earn a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate degree from a school where English was the language of instruction, you must take either the TOEFL or IELTS.
Am I required to take the GRE if I must also take the TOEFL or IELTS test?
Yes, all applicants who are required to take an English language proficiency test (either the TOEFL or IELTS) must also take the GRE.
I already took the LSAT/GMAT. May I use those scores in my application?
No. The CCT Program will not accept GMAT or LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.
Does CCT award scholarships?
Yes. We usually award eight to 12 merit-based scholarships each year. The awards are renewed the second year only if a 3.5 or higher GPA is maintained. Learn more about how to fund your education.
These scholarships are partial to full tuition scholarships only, not living expenses. CCT only awards scholarships to students who enroll full-time.
I would like to speak to a CCT student about the program. Who can I contact?
You may contact any of our student ambassadors, a group of CCT students who have volunteered to answer questions from prospective stduents.
Can I view student and alumni profiles?
What kinds of careers do CCT graduates pursue?
CCT graduates have diverse intersts and they pursue very different careers. CCT students are employed by a variety of companies, including:
Do CCT students pursue Ph.D. programs after graduating?
- InterNews,Dot-gov Project: Program Associate
- Corporate Executive Board: Research Associate
- The Smithsonian Institution: Senior Web Producer
- The World Bank: Consultant/Research Assistant
- G7 Group: China Telecommunications Analyst
- Women's Learning Partnership: Communications Associate
- Peace Corps: Marketing Styrategist
- Fujitsu Ltd.: Policy and Legal Analyst
- PBS: Editor, pbskids.org
- Advisory Board Company: Research Associate
- Discovery Channel Global Education Fund: Project Specialist
- Pew Internet and American Life Project: Research Specialist
- Chemonics International: Communications Specialist
- Washingtonpost.com: Producer
Yes, about 10 percent of each year's graduating class pursue Ph.D. programs. All CCT students applying to Ph.D. Programs have had success in their application processes and many receive funding for their studies.
CCT students apply to universities around the world, including:
Do many students work while taking courses?
The majority of CCT students are employed while they are in school. Most full-time students seek internships or part-time jobs in fields complementing their career and/or academic goals. These positions offer the flexibility to attend to CCT studies while gaining practical experience.
- Columbia University, Ph.D. in Communications
- Northwestern University, Ph.D. in Media, Technology and Society
- Stanford University, Ph.D. in Political Communication
- University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Cultural Geography
- University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in Communication
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D in Mass Communications
What is the average salary range for a CCT graduate?
CCT does not maintain salary data on its graduates. The statistics would be difficult to portray given the wide variety of fields and industries attracting our students. It is also important to keep in mind that some of our students come to CCT directly from undergraduate programs, while others have worked in industry for many years before returning to graduate school. Previous work experience, internships, research and leadership roles are important factors in post-graduation salaries.
However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau the median salary for a Master's degree graduate is more than $75,000 a year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places that estimate slightly lower at approximately $55,000 per year.
Which areas of study are possible within CCT?
Please refer to our course clusters.
CCT students do not "declare" an area of study, and course cluster areas will not appear on student transcripts.
What is the difference between the coursework and thesis option?
There are two degree options: thesis option and coursework option. Students who choose the thesis option must complete 11 courses. Students who choose the coursework option must complete 13 courses. Please refer to the CCT Curriculum for details.
What types of courses are offered?
Courses are listed by semester on our website.
Can I just take a class or two for credit before applying?
Persons wishing to take a CCT credit course without applying for admission must enroll as a non-degree student through the School for Continuing Studies (SCS).
After completing the SSCE registration form and obtaining the instructor's signature and approval for enrollment, you will need to submit the form to Heather Kerst for CCT Program review and approval.
CCT's core required class (CCTP-505), core methods/core theory courses, and CCTP-996 are not open to non-degree students for registration. We will have limited space overall to accomodate non-degree students. CCT and other Georgetown degree students have first priority in class registration.
Students who subsequently apply for admission and enroll in CCT as M.A. degree students can petition to transfer previous graduate-level coursework taken either at another university or as a non-degree student
at Georgetown University. A student who enrolls in the Program
may transfer a maximum of 25 percent of the total credits required to graduate from CCT. CCT will only consider graduate-level classes in which the student has received a grade of B or better for transfer.