Admission deadlines: Fall - April 1 (February 1 for fellowship consideration). Applications received past April 1 may be reviewed, space permitting
Spring – October 1
Standardized test scores: GRE not required.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: A 2-3 page statement of philosophical and policy interests and personal goals.
Writing Sample: A writing sample highlighting analytic, writing, and research abilities is also required. Writing samples should be approximately 10-15 pages.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-6210 (phone) ~ 202-994-6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available at the discretion of the faculty. Thesis option—30 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 6 credits in thesis; non-thesis option—36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

Four of the following:
PHIL 6230Ethical Issues in Policy Arguments
PHIL 6231Seminar: Economic Justice
PHIL 6238Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
PHIL 6242Philosophy, Law, and Social Policy
PHIL 6250Topics in Health Policy
PHIL 6262Normative Issues in Foreign Policy
PHIL 6281Environmental Philosophy and Policy
One course from each of the following groups:
Group A
PPPA 6010Politics and The Policy Process
PSC 8212Urban Policy Problems
Group B
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6248Health Economics
Group C
PSC 6103Approaches to Public Policy Analysis
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
SOC 6248Race and Urban Redevelopment
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6265Women, Welfare, and Poverty
HIST 6011Reading and Research in History and Public Policy
Group D
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics (or substitute as approved by the advisor)
For thesis option:
PHIL 6998Thesis Research
PHIL 6999Thesis Research
Electives may focus on a particular policy area (e.g., biomedical/health care, urban/welfare, or environmental policy), or may explore varied approaches and policy issues.
Other requirements
Successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.