Frequently Asked Questions

What are the required admissions materials?

Please review our application checklist for a comprehensive list of required application components.

What is the application fee?

The application fee is $90 and is non-refundable. See if you qualify for an application fee waiver or reduction.

Are interviews required for admission?

No, interviews are not part of the admissions process.

How do I submit my official transcripts and degree certificate?

Unofficial copies of all academic coursework (including any undergraduate transfer coursework) should be uploaded directly into your online application. Should you be admitted, you will receive a conditional offer that will require you to mail all original/official copies of application documents (transcripts, degree certificates, test scores) to our Admissions Office. All academic coursework must be submitted in sealed envelopes signed by the appropriate university official.

Does Georgetown consider transfer credit?

Since MS-ESM is a cohort-based program, we are unable to accept transfer credit at this time.

Are test scores really optional? Will my application be negatively impacted if I don’t include them?

Submission of a standardized test score, such as the GRE or GMAT, is completely optional. When preparing your application we encourage you to take a step back and objectively review all components. If you feel part of your application, such as your undergraduate transcripts, do not accurately reflect your academic abilities, you may choose to submit additional documentation to demonstrate to the Admissions Committee you are capable of handling the academic rigor of the program. Documentation may include standardized test scores, additional undergraduate or graduate-level coursework, or certifications.

It’s important to remember that the MS-ESM Admissions Committee takes a holistic view of your application, so you are not at a disadvantage for admissions or scholarship consideration if you choose to not include test scores.

Is this program STEM-designated?

Yes, the MS-ESM program is STEM-designated to ensure students are prepared to lead in an era of rapidly evolving business and sustainability practices. Eligible international students also can apply for STEM OPT extension of their work authorization in the United States.

When does the program officially start?

The program will start in August each year.

Can I begin the program in January?

MS-ESM offers fall admission only.

Where will the classes be held? Will any be virtual or hybrid?

Classes will be hosted in various buildings on the main Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C. They are all in person and will not be virtual.

What kind of financial aid does Georgetown offer?

All MS-ESM students are eligible for partial scholarship funding. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and are based on a holistic review process with the goal of admitting a competitive, diverse class. Federal financial aid (in the form of loans) is available to all eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying in the MS-ESM program. The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) is your resource for all financial aid related questions.

As an international applicant, am I eligible for financial aid?

While international students are not eligible for federal loan money from the United States government, you are certainly eligible for partial scholarships through MS-ESM program. Additionally, we are pleased to present you with a list of external scholarships and private lenders who provide education loans specifically to international students.

What types of scholarships does MS-ESM offer?

MS-ESM offers partial scholarship funding with the goal of admitting a competitive, diverse class. All applicants are considered for scholarships at the time of admission review, no additional application materials are necessary. Priority consideration for scholarships is given to applicants who apply by the Priority Scholarship Deadline of January 30, 2024.

When will I know if I was offered a scholarship?

Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and will be included in your decision letter.

I’m a military-connected student. Can I use VA benefits to pay for tuition costs?

The MS-ESM program is approved for Department of Veteran Affairs education benefits, including Yellow Ribbon Funding. If you have additional questions, please contact our Assistant Registrar for Veteran/Military Benefits at for more information.