MS-ESM Application Process

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Fall 2024 start will be reviewed according to the deadlines below:

*After Round 5, rolling admissions is open for domestic students until August 1 **Final deadline for international students to apply
Application RoundApplication DeadlineDecision NotificationDeposit Deadline
Round 1*November 30End of JanuaryMarch 1
Round 2*January 30End of MarchApril 30
Round 3*April 3Mid-MayJune 3
Round 4May 15Mid-JuneJune 28
Round 5**June 19Mid-JulyJuly 17

Application Requirements

The MS-ESM Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach when making an admissions decision. Therefore, it is necessary to submit all application components so the Admissions Committee can make an informed decision about your application.

The Admission Committee will only review completed applications that include the following components:

Required Components

*The re-applicant essay is required for applicants who previously applied and were not accepted.

Optional Components

International Applicants

Online Application Form

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal.

CV or Resume

Submit a current CV or resume that corresponds to the information submitted on your online application. We recommend a 1-2 page CV or resume.

Personal Statement

Prompt: Your personal statement should provide answers to the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in the field of environment and sustainability management?
  2. Why do you want to pursue this particular degree at Georgetown University?
  3. What are your career goals after completing the MS-ESM program?

Format: Essays should be approximately 500 words, typed in a 12-point font, and double-spaced.

Video Essay

Video Essay Prompt: Tell us three things about yourself, not included on your resume, that you believe will be a strength to the cohort/community.

Video Guidelines:

  1. The Admissions Committee would like for you to appear in person, speaking directly to the camera.
  2. We strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read in your application.
  3. Videos should be between 1-2 minutes.
  4. You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction.
  5. Videos should be submitted as either an “unlisted” YouTube link or a password-protected Vimeo link. For your privacy, do not include your name in the title of the video.
  6. Please note that all videos must remain active and accessible to the Admissions Committee until the first Friday of September. The video is for admissions purposes only and will not be used for any other purposes after your decision is provided.

Re-Applicant Essay

This essay is required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally (300-350 words, approximately one page, double-spaced).


We require and strongly prefer only two recommendations, though a third recommender may be added to your application. You should choose recommenders who have an academic or professional relationship with you; faculty, academic advisors, and current supervisors are preferred. Former supervisors or high-level clients (if you are an entrepreneur) also are accepted.

Recommendations from family members or colleagues/peers are strongly discouraged.

We are interested in gaining insight from individuals who can objectively evaluate your academic or professional performance, as well as your managerial and leadership potential.

Academic Transcripts

Applicants to Georgetown University are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. Students who attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should review the instructions on the International Applicants page.

To apply: We require that you upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions that have conferred a degree to you.

If admitted/enrolled: All applicants who are admitted and enroll will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions that have conferred a degree to you. Georgetown University reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if there is a discrepancy between the uploaded unofficial transcript and/or translation and the official original language transcript and/or the official translation.

All submitted transcripts must display the following:

We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation:

A transcript is official when delivered via ONE of the following options.

Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.

Application Fee

All applicants must submit a $90 non-refundable application fee, payable online via credit card or e-check. We are unable to accept personal checks or money orders. 

You may receive an application fee waiver* if you belong to any of the following groups. Waivers will be applied automatically when you submit your application. 

Attendees of an event listed below will be eligible for an application fee reduction code*. Apply this code when you complete your application and the reduction will be applied to your account, making the total application fee $50.

*If you have already applied we regrettably cannot refund the amount of the application fee waiver or reduction.

Diversity, Personal Background, and Contributions Statement (Optional)

As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of up to 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background and individual experiences would make to our community. As appropriate, you may wish to address any educational, familial, cultural, economic, and social experiences that have helped to shape your educational and professional goals; or how your background (e.g., first-generation student, resident outside the U.S.) or activities (e.g., community service and leadership) will contribute to the diversity of perspectives and ideas at Georgetown University.

Additional Information Essay (Optional)

If you wish to inform the Admissions Committee of any additional information that you have not otherwise included in other sections of your application, you may take the opportunity to do so here. For example, you can use this space to describe inconsistent academic performance, gaps in employment, voluntary or non-paid experience related to the environment or sustainability management, or any other relevant information. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and not exceed 500 words.

Test Scores (Optional)

Submission of a GRE, GMAT, GMAT Focus Edition, or Executive Assessment test score is optional. If you wish to submit test scores, upload an unofficial copy of your test score (no more than five years old) directly into the online application. All score reports should include your name and test date.

Official scores only need to be submitted once you are admitted to the program. Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.

International Applicants

Non-U.S. College or University Academic Records

Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should follow these instructions:

As an alternative to an individual translator providing certified translations, international applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States may submit their transcripts in the form of a credential evaluation. While this service is not required, we recommend the World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. Credential evaluations may take the place of official transcripts, as long as they come to Georgetown University directly from the evaluation service provider and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement. Proficiency can be demonstrated by:

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to ask an applicant for additional proof of English Language Proficiency, which could come through in the form of an evaluative interview.