Graduate Student Handbook is available from Ms. Valencia Boyd in the Department's main office, Reiss 240.
The following content provides links to Graduate School and Georgetown University policies and resources of particular concern to graduate students. In general, the information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin, the primary source for information about all manner of academic policies and procedures.
- Graduate Bulletin and Policies
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences establishes minimum requirements for admission and the award of degrees. Students should familiarize themselves with all the rules, regulations, and procedures relevant to their pursuit of a Graduate School degree. Learn more on the current version of the Graduate Bulletin.
- Registration and Academic Calendar
Important policies and procedures pertaining to graduate student registration are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section II: Registration. Learn more about procedures and links for graduate student registration.
In addition, all graduate students must be aware of the registration schedule, withdrawal deadlines, academic calendar, course schedules, and other important academic information published each semester by the University Registrar. For details, check out the Registrar’s website (and academic calendar).
- Academic Integrity / Academic Misconduct Issues
The policies and procedures for Academic Integrity issues are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section VI: Academic Integrity: Policies and Procedures (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page)
- Leave of Absence
During the course of a graduate student’s time at Georgetown, it may be necessary to take a leave of absence for personal or medical reasons. The policies and procedures for this are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section VII: Graduate Student Leave Policies (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page)
- Grade Appeals
If a graduate student feels that there is reason to appeal an official grade, the policies and procedures for this are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section III-A-5: Academic Regulations and Procedures /The Grading System / Appeals Contesting Grades (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page)
- Language Study Scholarships / Policies
There are specific policies and procedures that cover graduate student enrollment in language classes. The policies and procedures for this are found in the Graduate Bulletin, Section II-E-4 Registration / The Registration Process / Language Study Scholarships (view/download the Graduate Bulletin from the top of the Policies page)
- International Issues (OIP-Office of International Programs)
Issues of special relevance to international graduate students are handled by Georgetown University’s Office of International Programs (OIP). These include visa and immigration issues; work visas; full-time/part-time study issues; emergency situations; and other topics. For more information, please see their website. The OIP offices are located in the Car Barn building at 3520 Prospect Street, N.W. (near 35th and Prospect Street) in Suite #210.
- Graduate Student Housing
Georgetown University has established a partnership with the Virginian Suites in an effort to provide housing for Graduate Students. More information can be found at https://ochlistings.georgetown.edu/property/view/listingid/211765.
- Graduate School Contacts / Resources
- GRADUATE SCHOOL DEANS & OFFICES and contact information
- The GRADUATE STUDENT LOUNGE is located at 3520 Prospect Street, on the roof pavilion (4th Floor) of the Car Barn. It provides a quiet space exclusively for graduate students to study. The Graduate Student Lounge is wifi-enabled, has comfortable seating and study desks, and is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or as posted.
- Graduate Student Organization (GSO)
GSO is the governing body for graduate students and also serves as an advisory board for student organizations composed primarily of graduate students. To help unite graduate students across the Georgetown campus, GSO hosts academic, networking, cultural and social events and also allocates funding to member organizations for events and programming. More information about the GSO.
- Graduate Student Ombuds
THE GRADUATE STUDENT OMBUDS OFFICE provides an informal, impartial, neutral, and confidential environment where graduate students can discuss University-related concerns and disputes. The Ombuds office does not advocate for any individual point of view, and does not participate in any formal grievance process, but works to promote a fair process for all. The function of the Graduate Student Ombuds Officer is to listen thoughtfully and sympathetically to the concerns of graduate students and to assist them in identifying options for addressing their concerns. Learn more from the Graduate Student Ombuds website. Graduate students can contact the Graduate Student Ombuds at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy Statements:
- Financial Aid for Graduate Students
- Need-Based Aid: Office of Student Financial Services
The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) provides counseling services to prospective and current students and their families. For both undergraduate and graduate students, the OSFS determines eligibility for assistance from federal, state and private financial aid programs based on the rules and regulations established by those external agencies.
- Merit-Based Aid: Graduate School Dean’s Office
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers merit-based awards on a competitive basis to some programs for incoming and continuing students. The primary purpose of this financial assistance is to support qualified graduate students in the pursuit of their academic careers and the timely completion of their Graduate School degrees.
Information about the types of merit-based aid available to graduate students is available at: http://grad.georgetown.edu/financial-support/merit-based-financial-aid/
Student Research Travel Grants
The Graduate School is pleased to support the professional development of graduate students by providing Conference Travel Grants to both master's and doctoral students on the Main Campus and the Medical Center.
The Graduate School also invites nominations for Dissertation Research Travel awards for up to $5,000 each. These competitive awards support the travel costs of students enrolled in doctoral students engaged in archival or field research outside the United States.
- Options available for financing higher education costs
- Eligibility for assistance
- Applying for and obtaining funding
- Budgeting expenses and paying bills
- Need-Based Aid: Office of Student Financial Services
Find out more about both travel grant programs.