Welcome to Georgetown
We’re excited to have you join us and hope you’ll find your time here rewarding.
Next Steps: Please review the following information carefully to help navigate the logistics of your first semester.
You can retrieve your Georgetown electronic credentials through your ApplyYourself account in the “Post Submission Updates” section. You will be provided with a temporary password for your NetID; you will need to change this to a permanent password. A few quick notes about your NetID:
- Your NetID allows you to log into your email, register for classes, and access other campus systems. It’s a combination of your initials and numbers.
- Your Georgetown email address will be NetID@georgetown.edu.
For assistance with NetID questions, please call the Registrar’s office at (202) 687-4020, and choose “0” to connect with an information specialist.
First Day of Classes
All courses meet at our new campus located at 640 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C. The program follows the Georgetown University calendar so please familiarize yourself with the holidays and course dates. Spring & Fall Please note that the University follows a unique schedule on the first day of classes. Even though courses start on a Wednesday, the Monday schedule is followed that day to accommodate the Mondays that are missed due to holidays. Please check your syllabi for exact dates. Summer Summer classes begin on a Monday. Please check your syllabi and see your personalized welcome letter from your Program Director for exact dates.
Program Requirements & Registration
Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make sure to register as soon as you are able. We believe that each student has different needs and goals and their curriculum should be tailored to those needs. Students in the MPS Journalism program must complete the following core requirements and receive a grade of B (3.00) or better in order to graduate. Students who receive a grade of B- (B minus) or below in these classes will be required to repeat them in addition to completing all elective requirements. All grades earned will appear on your transcript and will be used in determining academic standing.
- MPJO 500: Ethics in Journalism
- MPJO 501: Reporting & News Writing
- MPJO 505: Digital Essentials for Journalists
- MPJO 508: Video Journalism
- MPJO 900: Capstone (final semester)
Students must complete the first four core courses in their first two semesters, and must complete their core classes before they can enroll in electives. Capstone can only be taken in your final semester. If you have any questions, please reach out to Program Director Gina Garcia at MPSJournalism@Georgetown.edu to set up an advising meeting. This semester we will be offering a variety of courses. The Registrar’s Office webpage lists details such as the day, time, professor, a course description and the available spaces for each course. Course and faculty information is also listed on the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies Journalism Program website. You can register through MyAccess using your NetID and password. Courses for the program are listed under the subject Prof Studies Journalism.
Adding/Dropping Courses with MyAccess
- Log in to MyAccess.
- Click on the “Student” tab.
- Click on the “Registration” link.
- Click on the “Select Term” link. A scroll down box will appear: Select your desired semester and then click the “Submit” button.
- Click on the “Registration (Add, Drop or Waitlist Courses)” link. You will then see your Current Schedule displayed. NOTE: The first time you do this in a semester you will be asked accept financial responsibility and asked to update your address and bio information. Please take the time to do so.
- To add a course type the course’s CRN (Course Request Number) in the boxes provided. a. To find the CRN for a class click the “Class Search” button, select the subject “Prof Studies Journalism” and click “Class Search.” You can then check the box for a class and click the “Add to Worksheet” button. Once you’ve selected all your classes in the worksheet, click the “Submit Changes” button. b. If the course is closed, you will see a “Registration Add Error” message.
- To drop a course, click on the “Action” scroll down menu to the left of the CRN number. Select “Drop on Web,” and then click on the “Submit Changes” button.
- Review your revised Current Schedule to verify the changes you made are reflected.
- Remember to log-out when you’re finished.
Please note: Always double-check your class schedule on MyAccess after you add/drop a class to ensure that the action went through correctly. The maximum number of courses an MPS student is allowed to register for is three courses (9 credits) per semester. If you were admitted as a non-degree student, the maximum number of courses you are allowed to register for is two (6 credits) in your first semester. If you have additional questions about the process or any technical questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (202) 687-4020.
Your student account statement is available through MyAccess. Payment due dates are available on the Student Accounts website. Late payment fees will be applied after the listed due date by the Office of Student Accounts. It is the responsibility of each student to work with the Office of Student Accounts at Georgetown to process payments. No payments are handled or processed through the program offices. If you have any questions about your account, contact the Office of Student Accounts at (202) 687-7100.
SCS Student Handbook
The SCS Student Handbook is updated annually. You can access the latest version on the SCS Academic Affairs webpage in the Student Handbooks section. ** Please note that you are responsible for the information in the handbook, so please read it thoroughly and carefully.**
Go to apps.georgetown.edu to manage and access your Georgetown email. Be sure to explicitly logout of Georgetown email when you’re done accessing your email. If you would like to set up email forwarding to your personal email account:
- Click the gear icon in the upper right-hand side of the Gmail window
- Select “Settings”
- Select “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” and select “Add new email address” to start the process
If you have any questions or concerns and would like to discuss them with University Information Services staff, please call the Student Help Desk at (202) 687-4577 or email them. PLEASE NOTE: Georgetown University will only send official communications to your Georgetown email address. Please make sure that you are either checking it regularly or that you set up email forwarding.
There are plenty of ways to build professional relationships in the program. Here are some ways you can engage with us and your classmates:
This page provides more information on location and transportation.
We wish you all the best as you begin this journey!