The MA in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The application deadline is January 15, 2013.
Practitioners and scholars in fields as diverse as public policy, international development, and security studies increasingly recognize that successful programs in their fields require effective and accountable governance. To address this need, the Master of Arts in Democracy and Governance seeks to understand the foundations of democratic and responsive government, how policymakers can create and implement policies to achieve these objectives, and prepares students for both careers and further study in these areas.
Situated in Washington, D.C., the multi-disciplinary degree is uniquely capable of teaching students how to transform theories of democracy and accountable government into effective programs. The program offers students the opportunity to combine courses taught by leading scholars and practitioners with jobs and internships in the sector.
Georgetown's Master of Arts Program in Democracy and Governance addresses the diverse challenges and obstacles to promoting sustained democratization and achieving effective governance. The curriculum requires 42 credit hours. Core courses on democracy promotion, political reform, and institutional and policy development, taught by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, provide a crucial analytical foundation, while courses offered by the Department of Government and other Georgetown departments permit students to design a program that meets their specific interests.
The program typically takes two years to complete on a full-time basis, though some students elect to complete the program on a part-time basis over three years. Full-time students take anywhere from three to five courses per semester (nine to 15 credits), though nine credits qualifies as full-time. Part-time students typically take two courses per semester, and may also participate in the summer session.
The program provides training organized around four thematic areas:
Each thematic area encompasses issues that are central to an understanding of current debates in the study of democracy and governance, with a balance of applied and theoretical training. In addition, we encourage students to take courses that allow them to focus on the unique political trajectory of a particular world region
Applicants to the M.A. Program in Democracy and Governance come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including international relations/affairs, political science, English, and history. Others have academic experience in fields of study not directly related to their graduate school interests, such as engineering and music. Many also have work experience in international development, public policy, and communications, as well as overseas experience thanks to work or study. To learn more about the admissions process, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
A complete application to the Georgetown Master of Arts Program in Democracy & Governance consists of::
- Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences online application Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
- Transcripts should be mailed to:
- Georgetown University Office of Graduate Admissions 3520 Prospect Street, NW Car Barn 400
- Box 571004 Washington, DC 20057-1004
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)scores
- The GRE is required for all applicants. Georgetown's ETS code is 5244.
- Résumé or C.V.
- TOEFL /IELTSscores for international applicants
- The TOEFL or IELTS exam are required for international applicants who have not previously attended an English-speaking college or university.
- Statement of Purpose approximately 500 words in length
- Academic writing sample
- Three (3) letters of recommendations
- Georgetown application fee
For more information, contact Associate Director Barak Hoffman, Program Coordinator Justin Harried, or visit our website