How to Apply
The MAGES admissions committee reviews applications holistically. In general, we look for candidates who meet a combination of the following criteria:
- Three years of college-level instruction (or equivalent proficiency) in a European language other than English
- If applicable, a score of at least 100 on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS
- Internship, work, and/or research experience demonstrating an abiding interest in Europe and/or international affairs
Additionally, MAGES applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) by the time they matriculate. Current bachelor’s students may apply in their senior year, so long as they will complete all requirements for the undergraduate degree before the August in which they begin the MAGES degree.
We consider the whole candidate. If you fall outside of one of these criteria, please reach out to the Supervisor of Academic Programs to discuss your potential application.
Applicants who wish to be considered for merit scholarships must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 15, 2021. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all materials are submitted online or postmarked by the application deadline.
- Standard Georgetown University Graduate School Online Application
- Application Fee
- Academic Statement of Purpose (500 words in length, in English; applicants should address their academic and professional objectives, as well as their compatibility with the MAGES program)
- Three Official Recommendation Letters; at least two of which should be from academic references (to be submitted via the form in the online application)
- Unofficial Transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate studies. Visit the Graduate School’s How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
- Official Test Scores: TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)
- A GRE Test is not required.
- A writing sample is required. Please submit ONE of the following two options:
- A recent research paper, approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in length. A topic related to Europe is encouraged but not required.
- A 1200-1500 word essay discussing and taking a position on an issue related to European studies (past or present, any field).
- Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- MAGES Language Proficiency Form. One European language evaluation must be uploaded to online application.
Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all documentation has been received. Contact us if you have difficulties meeting this deadline.
For Fall 2021 admissions, applicants who do not wish to be considered for scholarships may submit for a later deadline of April 1. However, only applicants who submit by the January 15 deadline will be considered for scholarship funding.
Application Fee Refunds and Waivers
The standard application fee for the program is $90. However, many students qualify to have the application fee waived or refunded.
All applicants who submit their complete applications by December 1 will have their application fee refunded. To qualify, applicants must submit their complete application, including all letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts, by midnight on December 1. These applicants will pay the $90 application fee up-front and then receive a refund in late December or January.
Additionally, the following groups of applicants are eligible for fee waivers (and do not need to meet the early December 1 deadline):
- CBYX program alumni
- International Parliamentary Scholarship program alumni
- Rangel Finalists and Fellows
- Pickering Finalists and Fellows
To request your fee waiver, contact the Supervisor of Academic Programs and Assistant Director no later than January 2 to verify your eligibility.
Dual Degree Applications
MAGES offers multiple dual degree options. Applicants for the MAGES/Ph.D., MAGES/MPP, and MAGES/J.D. program must submit two online applications, one for each program applied to (e.g., one for the MAGES program and one for the Ph.D. in history). It is recommended that applicants write and submit separate statements of purpose for each degree application.
MAGES/J.D. applicants must submit either LSAT or GRE scores. Submitting both is allowed but not required. Scores must be sent to either the Georgetown Law Center or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office. The applicant should then contact the office to which they sent their scores and authorize the release of the scores to the other office.
Applicants should indicate on the online application that they are applying for a dual degree program.
Undergraduate juniors from Georgetown University who are interested in applying for the five-year accelerated MAGES/BSFS program should contact MAGES for more information.