Georgetown's MA Programs in History welcomes applications twice per academic year: for matriculation in the Spring semester, and for matriculation in the Fall semester. Admission is competitive--we admit between 24% and 34% of the applicant pool each year.
For matriculation in the Fall semester:
Preferred Deadline: January 1 (decisions released by mid-February)
Second Deadline: April 1 (decisions released by mid-May)
For matriculation in the Spring semester:
Deadline: October 1 (decisions released by mid-November)
MAGIC does not have rolling admissions.
Applying to the MA Program
All applicants to the MAGIC program should have strong analytical, language, and writing skills. An undergraduate GPA above 3.3 is expected, and above 3.5 is encouraged.
All applications must be filed through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, rather than the History Department. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions website for the online application and additional information.
Applications must include:
- transcripts from any and all college and universities attended;
- test scores from the GRE General Test;
- a statement (maximum 500 words) that outlines preparation, general goals, and a proposed program of study;
- an analytical writing sample demonstrating engagement with a historical topic (15-25 pages);
- three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should come from academic sources;
- and a completed Supplemental Application Form, which can be found here.
All applicants 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 (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Students who are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score should submit this in addition to a GRE score.
Applicants can submit their statement of purpose, writing sample, and letters of recommendation online. Transcripts and GRE and/or TOEFL scores should be submitted directly to the Graduate School and not the History Department. Do not submit any materials to the History Department, as it will slow down the processing of your application.
Applicants can forward the hard copy materials to the following address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Attn: Credentials - History Program
3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004
Tuition & Fees
Current program costs can be found here. MAGIC students will pay the tuition and fees listed under "GRD." Please note: these totals assume that students take 12 credit hours in both the fall and spring semesters; however, the normative credit load for MAGIC is 9 credits per semester. A more accurate projection of the program cost would be to calculate the cost per credit by the credit total (30). In addition, some students will take fewer credits in their second year, so overall costs will be lower. MA students are not charged tuition for Georgetown language courses in the fall and spring semesters.
Merit-Based Financial Aid
The History Department offers a limited number of merit-based opportunities. All MAGIC applicants are automatically considered for merit-based financial aid during the application process; the top applicants in the pool will be offered aid packages in the form of partial tuition remission. The History Department is unable to provide stipend opportunities to MAGIC students, including teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships.
Alternate Sources of Funding
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external sources of funding concurrently with their applications to the program. Unlike undergraduate admissions, where most applicants apply for admission first and then apply for aid, applications for national scholasrhips and graduate financial aid applications often have their deadlines at the same time or prior to program admission dates.
For more information on grants, fellowships, and other external funding opportunities, please visit the Graduate School's page on Grant Finding and Writing Resources, and the Office of Student Financial Services' page on Outside Scholarships. Students interested in more information on federal loans and grants should contact the Office of Student Financial Services.
Students are also able to find job opportunities on and off campus.
Should I Apply to the MA or the PhD?
The Georgetown History Department reviews applications for the MA program and the PhD program separately. The committees are comprised of different members, and the method of assessing application is different. Students are welcome to apply to both programs, but should not assume that the application process or criteria is the same.
The MAGIC program is a two-year terminal MA degree which provides students the opportunity to expand their writing, research, language, and analytical skills in the discipline. MAGIC graduates have the opportunity to explore their interests in global history, and eventually go on to the professional world or pursue additional academic endeavors in PhD programs. Students admitted to MAGIC are not guaranteed admission to the Georgetown PhD program, although students who continue their studies at Georgetown are able to transfer all MAGIC credits towards their History PhD degree. Many other PhD programs also allow graduates to secure advanced standing in their respective PhD programs with the MAGIC degree.
The PhD program is a seven-year course of study comprised of coursework, comprehensive exams, and the drafting of a dissertation. At Georgetown, as in other top-tier programs, admission to the PhD program is extremely competitive--roughly 10 percent of applicants are accepted each year. All students who are admitted to the program are offered a funding package, the most common one being the 5-year package consisting of full tuition scholarship and stipend support. Approximately three quarters of our applicant pool already have an MA in History, Political Science, International Relations, or another field.
Applicants who have further questions regarding the differences between the two programs and application protocols should contact Carolina Madinaveitia, Graduate Programs Manager.