McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

MS-GRA Application Process

To apply, applicants must:

Questions? Reach out to the M.S. in Global Real Assets admissions team to discuss how to create a competitive application. Email: Phone: +1 (202) 687-1516

Application Deadlines

Applications for the August 2023 intake will be reviewed in the following rounds.

*Recommended submission deadlines for non-U.S. citizens
RoundApplication DeadlineDeposit Deadline
1*February 15, 2023April 15, 2023
2*April 15, 2023May 15, 2023
3May 15, 2023June 15, 2023
4June 15, 2023July 1, 2023

Application Requirements

The MS-GRA Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach when making an admissions decision. Therefore, it is necessary to submit all application components so the Admissions Committee can make an informed decision about your application.

All applicants to the program will submit the following materials:

International Applicants

Online Application Form

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal.

CV or Resume

Submit a current CV or resume in month/year format that corresponds to the information submitted on your online application.

Video Essay

The video essay component of the application provides you with an opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee things about yourself not immediately evident in other components of the application. We recommend you take careful consideration when producing your video essay to ensure you convey and express the appropriate message to the Admissions Committee.

Prompt: Please introduce yourself to your future fellow cohort members.

In a one-minute video, describe the most compelling aspects of your brand that you believe make you unique from other MS-GRA candidates. (Hint: One minute goes fast! We already have your resume and goals — share something new!)

This video essay provides personalization to your application along with demonstrating how you present yourself to the Admissions Committee. We encourage you to appear in front of the camera throughout your video essay and discourage you from including other speakers. When reviewing your video essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your verbal communication skills along with the content of the essay itself.

Video Guidelines

  1. The Admissions Committee would like for you to appear in person during part of your video.
  2. We strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read in your resume.
  3. You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video, but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction. 
  4. Your video should be one minute in length.
  5. For your privacy, do not include your name in the title of your video. You may submit “unlisted” videos via YouTube or password-protected videos via Vimeo. If using a password, please include immediately after your link in the text box when submitting (Ex: www.vimeo,com/123, password: your password)
  6. All videos must remain active and accessible to the Admissions Committee online for a minimum of five years for record retention purposes.
  7. This video is for the purposes of admissions only and will not be used for any other purposes after your decision is provided.

Personal Essay

Prompt Options: Please select one of the following prompts.

  1. Describe your favorite building and tell us why it is your favorite.
  2. If you had $250M today to invest in real assets generally, where would you invest it and why?
  3. What is the most interesting aspect of the M.S. in Global Real Assets to you and why?

Guidelines & Formatting:

  1. Choose one of the three essay prompts above to complete.
  2. All essays should be 700 words or less.
  3. All essays should be double-spaced using 12-point font.
  4. Please include the essay option prompt as a header at the top of each page of your submission.
  5. Georgetown University prides itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the admissions office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

When reviewing your personal essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your written communication skills – taking into account grammar, structure, and cohesion of your essay – along with the content of the essay itself.

One Letter of Recommendation

The Admissions Committee is interested in gaining insight from individuals who can objectively evaluate your academic or professional performance. We discourage letters from family members.

We require that you identify one recommender. Your recommendation may come from a current or former professor attesting to your academic performance or from a current or former supervisor speaking to your professional performance. If you would like to submit recommendations from both an academic and professional setting, you have the option to submit two recommendations. Note that the Admissions Committee will not read more than two recommendations per application.

All recommendations must be submitted electronically via the application system. Recommenders will receive detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application.

Academic Records

Applicants to Georgetown McDonough are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should review the instructions under the International Applicants section.

To apply: we require that you upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions that have conferred a degree to you or will have conferred a degree to you by the program start date.

If admitted/enrolled: all applicants who are admitted and enroll will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions that have conferred a degree to you. Georgetown McDonough reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission if there is a discrepancy between the uploaded unofficial transcript and/or translation, and the official original language transcript and/or the official translation.

Instructions for transcripts:

  1. All submitted transcripts must display the following:
    • student’s name
    • university name
    • course names
    • type of degree and degree conferral information
    • grading scale
    • cumulative GPA
    • all grades received (including from transfer credits and study abroad programs)
  2. We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation.
    • If your transcript does not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation, you should obtain an official letter from your university indicating the date of your graduation and the degree conferral date. This letter should be enclosed in a signed, sealed envelope and included with your transcript.
  3. A transcript is official when delivered via ONE of the following options:
    • submitted in an envelope which is issued by your institution(s) and sealed by your university’s registrar’s office (or equivalent office) to the address below:

      Attn: MS-GRA Admissions Team
      M.S. in Global Real Assets
      Georgetown University
      474 Rafik B. Hariri Building
      Washington, DC 20057
    • submitted from your institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe, to:
    • requested from the appropriate institution’s registrar, returned to you, and submitted unopened.

Application Fee

Application fee waivers will be automatically granted to candidates who are active duty, reservists, or veterans of the United States military, and Georgetown University undergraduates and alumni. We are also pleased to offer application fee waivers for applicants who apply after attending select admissions events.

All other applicants must submit a $175 non-refundable application fee, payable online via credit card or e-check. Please do not send a personal check or money order.

Scholarship Essay (Optional)

Georgetown McDonough offers scholarships for MS-GRA program students based on merit. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must include a scholarship essay with their applications. The Office of Admissions notifies students of scholarship awards at the time of admission to the program.

Prompt: For scholarship consideration, please explain what unique values and perspectives you will bring to the program.

Essay should be 700 words or less and double-spaced using 12-point font.

Diversity Essay (Optional)

Prompt: As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of approximately 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background would make to our community. As appropriate, you may wish to address any obstacles or challenges you have overcome; any educational, familial, cultural, economic, and social experiences that have helped to shape your educational and professional goals; or how your background (e.g., first-generation student, resident outside the U.S.) or activities (e.g., community service and leadership) will contribute to the Georgetown community.

Essay should be approximately 500 words and double-spaced using 12-point font.

Additional Information Essay (Optional)

Prompt: Please provide any information you would like to add that you have not otherwise included in other sections of your application. For example, you can use this space to describe inconsistent academic performance, gaps in employment, or any other relevant information.

Essays should be 700 words or less and double-spaced using 12-point font.

Standardized Test Scores (Optional)

Submission of a GRE, GMAT, or Executive Assessment test score is optional. If you wish to submit test scores, upload an unofficial copy of your test score (no more than five years old) directly into the online application. All score reports should include your name and test date.

Official scores only need to be submitted if you are admitted to the program. Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.

International Applicants

Non-U.S. College or University Academic records

Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should follow these instructions:

  1. We require that all transcripts be submitted in English. Most major foreign universities will issue official transcripts in English themselves. However, if your institution is unable to do this, you are responsible for providing Georgetown McDonough with an English translation of your transcript. Your translator must certify that the original documentation was received in a sealed envelope from your university or issuing institution. After translating, your translator should enclose both the original (non-translated) and the certified translation in an envelope and seal and sign the envelope. The transcript should be enclosed in the signed, sealed envelope and submitted by mail to Georgetown McDonough.

    As an alternative to an individual translator providing certified translations, international applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States may submit their transcripts in the form of a credential evaluation. While this service is not required, we recommend the World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. Credential evaluations may take the place of official transcripts, as long as they come to Georgetown McDonough directly from the evaluation service provider and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.
  2. We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation. Some international transcripts do not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation. If your transcript does not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation, you should obtain an official letter from your university indicating the date of your graduation and the degree conferral date. This letter should be enclosed in a signed, sealed envelope and included with your transcript.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

Applicants who fit the criteria below are required to upload an unofficial English Language Proficiency Exam score report to the online application.

Please note: If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score:

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to ask an applicant to submit proof of English Language Proficiency.

You may choose from one of the following three exams to demonstrate your level of competence in English.

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Address: MS-GRA Admissions
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Join Our August 2023 Intake

Our next Master of Science in Global Real Assets intake launches in August 2023. We welcome the opportunity to connect with you throughout the admissions process to learn more about your background and interests, share details about the classes and capstone project, and explore how you can make an impact in this field.

Questions? Contact Our MS-GRA Admissions Team

We can answer questions about making an investment in your future through the Master’s in Global Real Assets program. / +1 (202) 908-6882