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University Bulletin: Graduate Programs The George Washington University  



Dean A. Eskandarian

The College of Professional Studies offers an expanding range of degree programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in professional studies, along with a range of certificate programs. At the graduate level, CPS offers the degree of Master of Professional Studies in the fields of landscape design, law firm management, legislative affairs, molecular biotechnology, paralegal studies, public leadership, political management, publishing, security and safety leadership, strategic public relations, and sustainable urban planning. Graduate certificate programs offered by CPS are listed below. In addition to those listed, graduate certificates in political management and strategic governance and in strategic communications campaigns and the Master of Professional Studies in political communication and governance are offered in Spanish to closed cohorts of students in Latin America and in Spain. New programs under development as this Bulletin is prepared for press are described at

Information on many CPS courses and on requirements for the degree programs in landscape design, molecular biotechnology, paralegal studies, law firm management, security and safety leadership, and publishing appears under Professional Studies in the Courses of Instruction section of this Bulletin. CPS programs and courses offered by the Graduate School of Political Management, including legislative affairs and strategic public relations, appear under Political Management. Information on CPS’s new Master of Professional Studies in the field of patent practice, on graduate certificate requirements, and on the regulations of the College of Professional Studies can be found at

Professional studies degree and certificate programs are also offered to organizational clients under contract and can be presented in flexible formats, including series of short classroom-based modules and distance learning.

CPS manages facilities and services for off-campus programs offered by other schools of the University. The staff of instruction includes members of the full-time faculty of the University and academically qualified adjunct faculty from the professional community. All University off-campus offerings in Maryland are approved by the Maryland State Board for Higher Education; those in Virginia are certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

College of Professional Studies Policies

Scholarship Requirements—If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 (B), he or she will receive and academic warning from CPS and will be allowed one semester in which to raise the GPA to 3.0 or higher. In the case of a course repeated in this circumstance, the following regulations pertain. If a grade of C or higher was earned, a written statement of permission, signed by the student and the academic program director, must be approved by the dean or designee. Credit for repetition of the course, without reference to the grade received in the initial registration, does not count toward degree requirements, although the grades earned for both the initial registration and the repetition are included in the GPA. Students who have not raised their GPA to 3.0 or higher within a semester following the academic warning will be asked to leave the program.

Incompletes—The symbol I (Incomplete) may be recorded if in the opinion of the instructor, the student, for reasons beyond the student’s control, is unable to complete the work of the course, and if the instructor is informed of, and approves, such reasons before the date when grades must be reported. The symbol I may be used only if the student’s prior performance and class attendance in the course have been satisfactory. The course work must be completed within the designated time period agreed upon with the instructor but no later than one semester from the end of the semester in which the course was taken. An Incomplete Contract must be signed with the instructor.

Transfer of Credit—A maximum of one-quarter of the credit hours of graduate course work required for a degree may be approved for transfer to a graduate program in the College of Professional Studies from enrollment in nondegree status at GW or from another degree-granting school of this University or another accredited college or university. For a transfer of credit to be approved, all of the following conditions must be met: the course work must be from an accredited institution and must have been taken within the two years prior to matriculation; it must be approved as part of the student’s program of studies; it must not have been applied to the completion of requirements for another degree; it must be post-baccalaureate graduate-level course work; and the student must have received a grade of B or better in each course for which a transfer credit is requested. Requests for transfer credit must be submitted in writing and approved by the program director and the dean during the student’s first year in the program. An official transcript of the course work must be on file before the request can be considered.

Once enrolled in the College of Professional Studies, students are not permitted to transfer course work taken outside the University, except under extraordinary circumstances; permission must be obtained in advance from the dean.

Graduate Certificates

The College of Professional Studies offers the following graduate certificates. Requirements are listed at Note that Strategic Cyber Security Enforcement is available only to students enrolled in the M.P.S. in safety security and leadership.

Academic Publishing (12 credits)

Campaign Strategy (18 credits)

Climate Change Management and Policy (18 credits)

Community Advocacy (18 credits)

Fundamentals of Strategic Security (18 credits)

Health Care Corporate Compliance (12 credits)

Justice and Public Safety Information Management (15 credits)

Landscape Design (28 credits)

Law Firm Management (12 credits)

Online Politics (18 credits)

PACs and Political Management (15 credits)

Paralegal Studies (18 credits)

Public Relations (18 credits)

Safety Leadership (18 credits)

Strategic Cyber Security Enforcement (18 credits)

Sustainable Landscapes (18 credits)

Urban Sustainability (18 credits)



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Information in this bulletin is generally accurate as of fall 2012. The University reserves the right to change courses, programs, fees, and the academic calendar, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable, giving advance notice of change when possible.