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Executive Master's in Leadership Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions

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Find out what to expect from the Executive Master’s in Leadership admissions process.

What degree do I earn upon completion of the program?
EML graduates receive a master’s in leadership degree. Is the EML program accredited? Yes, it is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Are GMAT or GRE scores required for admission to the EML program?
No. Neither GMAT nor GRE scores are required for admission to the EML program.

What is the typical profile of an EML student?
EML students represent a range of industries, experiences, and nationalities. Each EML cohort has an average of 15 years of work experience. Students include corporate and nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, military officers, doctors, and engineers. The typical cohort has an average age of 39.

Must students be employed full time?
We expect students to hold full-time employment throughout the program. As members of an executive learning community, students bring real-world experience into the classroom and are able to immediately apply academic concepts gained through our curriculum in their workplaces. However, the Admissions Committee is willing to review and consider applicants who currently do not hold full-time positions.

Do I have to be sponsored by my employer?
As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit an employer letter of support sponsoring the students’ time commitment, including time off from work to complete the program. A template for this can be found on the online application. Although some students are partially or fully financially sponsored by their employers, financial sponsorship is not a requirement.

May I apply for deferral if admitted?
Students who are admitted to the program may apply for a deferral for up to one academic year. Deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee once the admitted student submits a formal written request.

When is a TOEFL score required?
A TOEFL score is required for students who are non-native English speakers, for students who have not completed a degree in a university where English is the primary language of instruction, or for students who have not worked in an English-speaking country or organization for at least three years.

Most applicants who take the TOEFL will take the internet-based test (iBT). A minimum score of 100 is required. For those who take the paper-based test, a minimum score of 600 is required.

As an alternative to the TOEFL, we accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results. We require a minimum score of 7.5 out of 10 on the academic module and accept only academic module results.

If you have more questions about the EML program, please contact emlprogram@georgetown.edu.

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