Admission Information

Applying to the MLC in the Georgetown University Department of Linguistics

App​lication Materials

All application materials are required unless otherwise specified. Note that your application will be submitted directly to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Application Form

Non-refundable Application Fee

Statement of Purpose (500 word limit)

Writing sample
Applicants must submit appropriate academic or professional writing samples in English. You can submit a term paper, thesis, or professional articles demonstrating your writing and analytical skills. We have no length requirement, but we recommend that submissions be between 15 and 30-40 pages.

Official Transcripts (from all prior higher education institutions)

Official Recommendations (3)
Recommendations can come from academic and/or professional sources, with a preference for professors, advisors, and supervisors. Please do not submit character references from individuals who know you only in a personal capacity. 

Resume/CV

GRE Score
Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found on the Educational Testing Service website.

TOEFL or IELTS: Required for all ‘non-native’ English users
All entering students who are not native speakers of English are required to take an examination in English composition prior to registration. Students who fail to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in this examination will be required to complete a composition course in the Center for Language Education and Development. Please see the Graduate School’s Application Requirements Checklist for more information. Note: Georgetown’s ETS test code number is 5244.

English Proficiency

TOEFL / IELTS All applicants who are not ‘native’ English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. All other ‘non-native’ speakers must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based tests) or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). (ETS.org)

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System.

Contacting the Department

If prospective applicants have any questions about program of study, coursework, how to shape their application, professional applications of linguistics, or whether the program is a good fit for them, they are encouraged to contact Dr. Alexandra Johnston, MLC Director.

If prospective students have administrative questions or general questions about the application process, they are encouraged to contact Ms. Erin Esch Pereira, Graduate Program Coordinator.