Admission deadlines:

Fall - February 1 

Spring - October 1 Late applications accepted on a case by case basis for students who do not require an F-1 or J-1 visa through November 1 

Standardized test scores:

The GRE general or GMAT is not required. However, if you feel as though submitting scores for the GRE or GMAT will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them.

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 M.P.A. 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.

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:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on your application or résumé/curriculum vitae.

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 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

40 credits, including 22 credits in required courses, 9 to12 credits in a selected policy field, and 3 to 6 credits in elective courses.

Required
PPPA 6000Perspectives on Public Values
PPPA 6001Introduction to Public Service and Administration
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision-Making
PPPA 6004Managing Public Organizations
PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6008MPA/MPP Capstone
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
Field of study and electives
Students must complete a policy field of at least 9 credits. *
The remaining 6 credits required for the degree may be taken in that field or they may be used as electives.

*For curricula and other details concerning fields of study visit the MPA program website.

*Students completing their degree program at the end of the fall semester take PPPA 6008 instead of PPPA 6009.