How to Apply
MSFS encourages students with strong academic records, international experience, and a commitment to our values to apply for our program. You can submit your application online via a secure system managed by Georgetown University.
Have questions about the program? Find out more about MSFS on our About and Admissions FAQs pages. You can connect with MSFS through email, campus visits, recruitment events, and online video chats. We look forward to hearing from you!
The MSFS application deadline is January 15 for priority and scholarship consideration and April 1 for admission only. Between January 16 and April 1, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.
We accept applications through a secure, electronic submission process. We do not accept paper applications. Through our system, you have convenient access to an electronic checklist showing you which application items we have received. The checklist serves as confirmation when all of your materials have been submitted. All application components, including supplementary materials, must be submitted by the application deadline.
Note: Application materials submitted via email to your online application, such as standardized test scores and transcript translations, may be delayed in appearing on your checklist. Please allow up to two weeks after submission for your supplementary items to be reflected on your application checklist. These items should be submitted two weeks prior to the application deadline for your application to be complete.
The MSFS application consists of the following materials:
- Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing ability and to provide information that is not included in other application documents. It should be 500-700 words.
- Academic Transcripts
Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs
- Letters of Recommendation
We require at least two letters of recommendation, although providing three is recommended. Recommendations must be in English. All letters must be received by the application deadline.
Resumes may be longer than one page and should reflect professional, volunteer, and/or internship experience.
- Standardized Tests
Applicants whose native language or primary education language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applicants are also encouraged to submit one set of standardized test scores: GRE/GMAT, or LSAT, depending on the applicant.
- Non-refundable $90 Application Fee
Your application fee can be paid online by credit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard only. We do not accept cash, wire transfers, bank transfers, or checks.
Recommended (Optional) Materials
- Standardized Tests
We encourage all applicants to submit their GRE, GMAT, or – for students applying for the dual MSFS/JD program – LSAT scores as part of their application. These are not required to apply but are strongly recommended.
- Personal Video Submission
Applicants can upload a short video reflecting their response to a particular topic given in the online application.
- Statement (Diversity, Personal Background, and Contributions)
Applicants can upload a brief statement of approximately 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background would make to our community.
Application Fee Waivers
We may grant application fee waivers to applicants applying for the January 15 deadline who meet the following criteria:
- AmeriCorps Alumni
- Congressional Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Alumni
- EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Grantees
- Foreign Fulbright Scholars
- Graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) Alumni
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- McNair Scholars
- Members of the U.S. Military
- Payne Finalists and Fellows
- Pickering Finalists and Fellows
- PPIA Fellows
- Rangel Finalists, Fellows and Scholars
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV)
- Those applying from Sub-Saharan Africa
- Teach For All (including Teach for America)
- Truman Scholars
You can request a fee waiver by emailing email@example.com. Requests must be made at least a week before you plan to submit your application. In your email, include documentation that demonstrates that you match one of the above criteria.