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How to Apply

Admissions Requirements and Application Procedures


DEADLINE: JANUARY 15 (For Scholarship Consideration)


The MAAS program welcomes applicants who have some background in the region and in their proposed concentration.Though not required, appropriate work or life experience in the region are helpful and at least two years of prior Arabic study is recommended. Successful MAAS candidates have strong analytic capabilities, an excellent academic record, high standardized test scores, and a commitment to a future career related to the region.

The application deadline for prioritized consideration for scholarships is January 15th and the final deadline is April 1st. The MAAS program admits students for the fall term only. Applications are assessed without regard to race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

For questions, please contact Kelli Harris, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, at (202) 687-8957 or


  • The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences online application form
  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary coursework
  • Statement of Purpose
    The statement of purpose should address any or all of the following: your motivation for applying for this program of study at CCAS, previous academic background, prior experience in the Arab world, and/or what you hope to achieve from the MAAS program.
  • Résumé or C.V.
  • MAAS Supplemental Data Sheet
  • Supplemental Essay
    This should be a well-written, scholarly essay analyzing what you consider to be a significant situation, issue, or development in the society, politics, economics, modern history, or culture of the Arab world. The essay should not exceed 750 typed words, not including any references or bibliography.
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted through the online application system)
    At least two letters should be from professors who have taught you. The MAAS program recommends that you submit no more than one letter from a language professor.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score
    All applicants are required to take the GRE unless undergraduate work was completed in a language other than English.  The GRE code for Georgetown is 5244.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (International applicants only)
    All international students are required to submit the TOEFL (minimum score: 100 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score: 7.5).

NOTE: Those applying to a dual MAAS/PhD or MAAS/JD program must apply separately to both programs.  

For questions or information about the online application, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Any application materials submitted in hard copy, such as transcripts or recommendation letters, should be directed to the Graduate School—NOT the MAAS program—at the following address:

Georgetown University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Admissions, Box 571004
3520 Prospect Street, N.W., Room CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004

Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to be sure all required materials have been received by the Graduate School by the application deadline. You may verify receipt of any material by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions at (202) 687-5568 or via email at

For additional questions, please contact Kelli Harris, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, at (202) 687-8957 or