Application Procedures

Program Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. Applicants should also have at least two years’ experience working full-time for a government entity, nonprofit organization, association, news organization, law firm, or other business or organization involved with public policy. Qualified applications will be reviewed by a selection panel on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified by mail of admission decisions.

Individuals who have already completed any of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University courses listed under Core Courses, Advanced Courses and Workshops since May 1997 may apply those courses to the Certificate Program.


You can submit your application package online, by fax, by mail or e-mail. To proceed with an online application submission please click here:

Or you can submit the application package to the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University:

Download the Certificate Program Application (PDF)

  • $25 nonrefundable application fee payable to the Government Affairs Institute
  • Undergraduate transcript (unofficial OK) or copy of undergraduate diploma
  • A current resume
  • Individuals for whom English is a second language must also submit a posted TOEFL score of at least 600 or a CBT score of at least 250 or an IBT score of at least 100.

Send completed applications to:

The Government Affairs Institute
at Georgetown University
3333 K Street, NW Suite 112
Washington, DC 20007

Fax completed applications to : (202) 333 – 8165

E-mail completed applications to: (Note: please indicate Certificate Program Application in the Subject Line of the e-mail)


Courses are evaluated on the University noncredit grading system, in which successful completion is the only passing grade, and requires full attendance and completion of all course requirements. Certificates are awarded for the successful completion of six courses as previously explained.


Tuition for each of the courses is stated in the course descriptions under the Courses link.

Program Cancellation & Transfer Policy

For Core and Advanced courses and Workshops, written notification (by fax or email) of cancellations or transfers must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start date of the course to avoid a $125 fee. If a participant cancels or transfers in less than two weeks, but at least two working days prior to the start date, they will be charged a $125 fee. If a participant fails to properly notify GAI of a course cancellation or transfer at least two working days prior to the start of the course, they will be charged the full tuition. However, they may attend a subsequent offering of the same course at fifty per cent of the tuition in effect when they actually attend the course.

For Research Seminars, cancellations or transfers must be in writing (by fax or email) received two weeks prior to the first course to avoid a $300 partial tuition charge. Cancellations or transfers received after that, but prior to the second course, will result in a $500 partial tuition charge. No refunds will be given after the second course.

If you have any additional questions you can email or call us at (202) 333-4838.