FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Preparation

Students who apply should be close to a mathematics minor. They should have taken two semesters of single variable calculus in high school or college, and it is essential that they have taken full courses in multivariable (vector) calculus and linear algebra and done well in them (B or better). An additional course in mathematics beyond linear algebra is highly desirable. If you have questions, please contact the program.

Applicants should have taken a calculus-based statistics course that covers elementary probability, properties of random variables, common discrete and continuous distributions, expectations, the central limit theorem, parameter estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and possibly elements of linear regression. It is desirable if you have used a computational statistics package in this class, for example SPSS, R, or Stata. If you have taken the first course of a statistics sequence for economics majors (the second course would then be econometrics), you may also be adequately prepared. If you have questions, please contact the program.

R and Python are used extensively throughout the program. R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics, and Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Students should have working experience or have taken coursework on these languages prior to admission. In addition, introductory computer science coursework focusing on C++ and/or Java will help familiarize students with general programming.

Although we prefer live (classroom-based) courses, you can take an online certificate program in R or Python and upload the certificate with your application to demonstrate proficiency. You can also ask a supervisor to submit a letter of recommendation in which your coding work could be addressed.

The Georgetown Analytics program is giving an asynchronous, online course in programming preparation that covers R, Python, and command line use in the summer prior to matriculation. The course is equivalent to three credits, is designed for matriculating MS Analytics students, and is offered free of charge. It is required for incoming students who do not have a computer science degree and adequate preparation. Students admitted to the program will only have this requirement waived on discussion with the Program Director (Ami Gates) or Assistant Director (Heather Connor). This course will run during Georgetown Summer Session II. Remember, you must complete this course to matriculate in the fall unless you are granted a waiver by the program.If you are comfortable with R, Python, and the command line, a good next step would be to take a course in data structures or to learn this topic on your own. Your preparation should cover topics such as basic data structures (lists, stacks, queues, trees, hashing, heaps, disjoint sets, graphs, self-adjusting data structures).

Please contact us, explaining your preparation in detail – listing relevant courses and work experience.

You should not submit an application at this time, but rather contact us to discuss your level or preparation. You can take the required courses at a local college before applying. Many community colleges offer these courses at convenient times. Georgetown University also offers these courses through its School of Continuing Studies (new window) during the summer. We’ll work with you to prepare a plan. You should also refresh your Calculus knowledge before enrolling in these courses.

You should not submit an application at this time, but rather contact us. You can acquire this experience in a number of ways, including college courses and company training. Georgetown University also offers such courses through its School of Continuing Studies (new window) during its summer session.

Yes, this is possible. You can be admitted conditioned on satisfying certain conditions, such as successful completion of a required course. To do this, please explain in your application how you plan to complete this requirement and be sure to keep in touch while you complete the course(s).

Note: If you are an international applicant, all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of May.  If you are an international applicant and anticipate completing prerequisite coursework after May, please contact the program prior to applying.

Although you are permitted to apply without the prerequisites, you should be aware that you will be competing against applicants who have already completed the prerequisite courses and can provide final grades for them. So while you have a chance of being admitted if the rest of your application is strong, your application will not be as competitive as those who have already completed the required courses. You would have a much better chance of being admitted if you complete all prerequisites before applying.

This should be a course that introduces, derives and justifies mathematical techniques using rigorous logical arguments, with less emphasis on computational techniques. Such courses are typically taken after completing Linear Algebra. Examples include courses in Number Theory, Differential Equations, Graph Theory, Abstract Algebra, or Combinatorics.

This preparation is usually sufficient. To make sure, please send us more detail about your preparation, including perhaps a syllabus or information about the textbook that was used.

The Graduate School expects a B-average (3.0 or better) for applicants. We want to make sure that entering students can meet or come close to this requirement. For a successful application, evidence of success (A-grades) in advanced mathematics, statistics and/or computer science courses is even more important. If the application shows this, a student with a slightly lower GPA may still have a chance of admission.

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Course Planning

Three courses per semester is the normal load for full time students. Part time students who also have a full-time job may take either one or two courses per semester. Working full time and taking three graduate courses is not recommended as you will most likely perform poorly both in your job and in your classes.

Yes. This is possible for students who are not on a student visa. This may be a good option for students who wish to continue their full-time job while attending the program, especially if they receive financial support from their employer. Graduate School rules state that students admitted to a master’s degree program are allowed three years from matriculation to complete all requirements for the degree. Talk to your advisor if you think you might take longer, since there are ways to get an extension.

Yes. It is possible to switch back and forth between full-time and part-time status, and many students do this depending on their desired balance of work and study. However, international students must remain on full-time status throughout and may only switch to part-time status during their last semester. In addition, students should keep in mind that they are required to complete the program within three calendar years..

Graduate School rules state that students admitted to a master’s degree program are allowed three years from matriculation to complete all requirements for the degree. Talk to your advisor if you think you might take longer, since there are ways to get an extension.

Yes. All graduate students will receive individual advising, usually from the Director of Graduate Studies.

While Analytics core-courses are not currently offered during the summer, students may take coursework to satisfy elective requirements during the summer.

Graduate School rules state that students admitted to a master’s degree program are allowed three years from matriculation to complete all requirements for the degree. Talk to your advisor if you think you might take longer, since there are ways to get an extension.

All classes will be offered on Georgetown University’s Main Campus. View directions to the Main Campus (new window) and campus maps (new window).  Classes in this program will usually meet one day per week in the late afternoon (3:30PM – 6:00PM) or evening (6:30PM – 9:00PM). Graduate classes in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics also usually meet on this schedule.

You should always inquire with the instructor to see if the class is appropriate for you and if there is room for you, as there may be restrictions. Also, check with your advisor to see whether the class satisfies degree requirements.

Yes. This is possible, but we strongly recommend against it. The curriculum has been carefully designed to maximize your experience and your performance.

The core courses and the required courses will be offered every year. ANLY-501: Introduction to Data Science will always be offered in the fall..

The class size will typically be capped at 25, but classes will also run with smaller sizes.

You will always be able to get a seat in core Analytics courses. Popular electives in the Analytics program sometimes fill up to capacity, but this is rare.

Yes. This is possible, and you are encouraged to do so. Be sure to check the prerequisites of any course that you wish to take.

We have developed a list of pre-approved elective courses offered by the departments of Computer Science and of Mathematics and Statistics. For other programs, please inquire with your advisor.

The Graduate School allows students to transfer up to 25% of the curriculum for qualifying graduate courses from other institutions, as long as these courses have not been used to satisfy requirements for a previous degree and the grade is at least a B. In practice this means that two courses (6 credits) could be transferred. Please contact us to determine which of your courses qualify. We will require details such as a syllabus, information about the textbooks that were used, etc. For the actual transfer, an official transcript will be needed.

It is possible to enroll for courses through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, provided the courses are not available at Georgetown University. You must obtain permission from this program, the Georgetown Graduate Dean, and from the visited institution. This is an exciting way to add to your academic experience.

You cannot register for a Consortium course during Early Registration but must do this at the beginning of the semester. Detailed rules are available on the Graduate School webpage.If you took a class at another area institution directly (not through the Consortium), you can ask for transfer of credit, subject to the 25% limit on transfer credit. The total of all transfer and consortium courses may not exceed 25% of the curriculum that is counted towards graduation.

In addition, transfer and consortium courses do not count toward the Georgetown grade point averageSo you cannot make up for a B- earned in a Georgetown course by earning a B+ in a Consortium course.

Finally, you will be charged Georgetown tuition when taking a Consortium course. If you are eligible for in-state tuition in Maryland or Virginia, it may be in your interest to register for a graduate course directly and then request transfer of the course credit.

Yes. This is possible, as long as the course is on the list of pre-approved electives, there is room in the class, and you have instructor approval (if applicable).

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There is no internship requirement, but many students seek internship opportunities during the summer..

There is no guaranteed internship placement, but the graduate program will help students find internships with external partners, according to their interests and time constraints. Students are also encouraged to find internships on their own. In addition, the Cawley Career Education Center (new window) is a good resource available to all Georgetown students.

An internship takes place off campus, at a location and in an environment that is not connected to Georgetown University. It could even occur outside of the Washington, DC area. Summer internships are usually full-time and normally last about eight weeks. They may continue into the academic year on a part-time basis. Internships during the academic year are usually part-time. Internships do not carry academic credit..

Yes. Students in similar programs have been able to choose in the past..

Interns are usually paid for their work. However, there is no guarantee. Keep in mind that the financial benefit of an internship may come later, when you apply for a job and can point to past experience.

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Financial Aspects

The Analytics program offers merit-based scholarships to both incoming and continuing students. There are also opportunities for student employment as a research assistant or teaching assistant. For more information on student financial aid, please refer to the Office of Student Financial Services (new window).

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics regularly hires graders and tutors. There are also other opportunities for student employment, ranging from work in the library to work for an administrative department at Georgetown University.

Scholarships are offered to a limited number of students each semester.

We may offer limited additional scholarships to students who do exceptionally well after enrolling. These students will be contacted individually..

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General Questions

You may wish to review the Graduate Admissions F.A.Q. page (new window), which contains useful information about graduate admissions and programs for prospective students.

While there is no on-campus housing for graduate students, the Office of Neighborhood Life (new window) is a great resource to learn more about off-campus options. A great housing option for graduate students is WeLive Crystal City (new window), an off-campus furnished apartment building specifically for Georgetown University graduate students. There’s also a wealth of housing and student life information on the Graduate School of Arts & Science’s website (new window) and at the Graduate Student Life Guide (new window).

Directions to Campus may be found here (new window). To attend evening classes, you can usually find legal parking north of the Georgetown campus. You can also come with the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) (new window), Washington Metrobus (lines D2, D6, G2, and a Circulator line) or by bicycle (there is a Capital Bikeshare (new window) station at the main entrance of the campus). The nearest subway stop is in Rosslyn and is served by a GUTS bus.

Yes. It is called Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) (new window) and is free for students and University employees. It serves Dupont Circle, Arlington, Rosslyn, and several other locations..

This can usually be handled, if it doesn’t happen too often. Please inform your course instructor before you have to miss a class. Try to obtain notes from other students and use the online course material.

Yes. This is something that many graduate students in related fields do, for example after a successful summer internship. International students are eligible for on-campus employment, but their employment opportunities off campus are restricted..

Students are strongly discouraged from doing this. You are putting both your job performance and your academic performance at risk when you attempt this.

You will receive a notice and should talk to your advisor. You can improve your average by doing better in subsequent courses. The B-average must be achieved when you are applying for graduation.

No, that does not work. Grades for transferred courses are not counted when calculating a student’s overall GPA.

No. There is no thesis requirement.

There is currently no thesis option for the degree. However, students may find instructors and work with them on research projects, which may be done within a research tutorial that is taken for credit. Such research may then lead to publishable papers..

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International Students

All answers are to the best of current knowledge. They are subject to change and do not constitute legal advice or commitments. Please contact Georgetown University’s Office of Global Services for more detailed answers (see the next question).

Your main point of contact is the International Student and Scholar Services (new window) group in the Office of Global Services (new window). You will be able to meet with an advisor from that office when you first arrive on campus..

Yes. International graduates of this program have the opportunity to extend their Optional Training Program (OPT) from 12 to 24 months, assuming all other requirements are met. The CIP number of this program is 30.3001 (Computational Science).

Yes, this is possible. We offer a 0.25 credit course titled ANLY 905-Internship that can be taken during the summer which will allow you to apply for CPT. Another option would be to utilize OPT during your internship.

No. The only required summer course will be taken online, prior to starting the program in the Fall. Other summer courses will always be electives, and will not be required for graduation.

Yes. International students are eligible for on-campus employment within certain limits.

Yes. International students will also be considered for scholarship offers..

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