Admission deadlines: Fall: January 7th - Fellowship & Application Deadline
Spring: October 1st - Fellowship & Application Deadline
Applications for admission will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the fellowship deadlines have passed, but students will not be considered for fellowships.
Standardized test scores: GRE/GMAT test-optional
Recommendations required: Two (2) letters are required. Applicants should submit one (1) academic letter from a professor and one (1) professional reference.
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 should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission and choose to enroll.
If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application. Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission and choose to enroll.
Statement of purpose: All applicants are required to submit an essay of approximately 500 words that answers one of the two questions below:
State your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals, and what unique skills, talents and/or perspectives you will bring to your program. Please be specific.
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Please discuss an issue of international importance you wish to address in your professional career. Please include how the Elliott School and the academic program to which you have applied will prepare you to address this global issue.
Additional requirements: A resumé or curriculum vitae is required. Resumés/CVs must include dates of employment (if applicable) and date of degree conferral or expected degree conferral.
Prerequisites: Academic coursework in a major European language, including Russian, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, is required at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:
Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps, JET, etc.).
Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.
*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language before enrolling to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.
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*Spring applicants are required to have completed this prerequisite at the time of application.
International applicants only: International Applicants may be required to submit official English Language tests scores with their application. Please see the Elliott School's English Language Requirements for guidance on whether you need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE. Please send official TOEFL scores to institution code 5246.
The minimum English Language Test Requirements can be found below:
Eligible for Admission & requires EAP Courses:
IELTS- 7.0 overall score, no band score below 6.0
TOEFL- 100 (internet test) 600 (paper test)
PTE- 68
Eligible for Admission & Exempt from EAP Courses**:
IETLS- 7.0 overall score, no band score below
6.5 TOEFL- 105 (internet test) 6
50 (paper test)
PTE- 72
**Spring applicants must receive at least these scores to be considered for admission.
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.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
esiagrad@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-7050 (phone) ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, a 3-credit cornerstone course, a 4-credit capstone sequence, a 3-credit course in research methods or international economics, 9 credits in a professional specialization, and 6 credits in elective courses. In addition, all students must fulfill a language requirement (see below)

See note regarding special topics, professional skills, and LAW courses.1

Required
Cornerstone (3 credits)
IAFF 6321European and Eurasian Studies Cornerstone
Capstone sequence (4 credits)
Students complete a two-course capstone sequence that most closely matches the thematic area of their project. The capstone sequence includes a 2-credit capstone workshop taken before the 2-credit capstone seminar. Students must have completed at least 18 credits of coursework prior to starting the capstone sequence. The two 2-credit capstone courses must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6898Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6899Capstone Course
Core courses (15 credits)
Five courses in at least three disciplines, including at least two courses from section A and two from section B.
Section A: Western, Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
HIST 6121Reading and Research Seminar: Modern European History
HIST 6170Eastern European History I
HIST 6171Eastern European History II
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (NATO)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (EU Foreign Relations)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Populism and Illiberalism)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century)
LAW 6534Law of the European Union
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
Section B: Post-Soviet/post-communist countries
GEOG 6265Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors
HIST 6030History and Its Uses in International Affairs (only section reserved for EES)
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6188The Soviet Union and the World, 1917 to 1991
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Russia and International Security)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Central Asia: Security Politics, Society)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (History and Politics of the Caucasus)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Populism and Illiberalism)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Security in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Ukraine and Georgia: Between Russia and the West)
PSC 6366Government and Politics of Russia
Methods or economics (3 credits)
One of the following courses:
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
GEOG 6201Geographic Thought
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Qualitative Methods)
GEOG 6304Geographical Information Systems I
GEOG 6305Geospatial Statistics
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Qualitative Methods)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6013Econometrics for Policy Research I
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
PSC 8101Introduction to Empirical Political Analysis
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6260Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis
PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6533Design and Conduct of Community Health Surveys
SOC 6230Sociological Research Methods
SOC 6231Data Analysis
SOC 6232Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research
Professional specialization (9 credits)
At least three courses in a professional specialization. Students may design their own field with the approval of the Program Director, or select one of the specializations listed below.
Electives (6 credits)
6 credits of elective courses, which may include advanced, content-based courses in a foreign language with the approval of the Program Director. These courses must involve more than basic language acquisition. Up to 3 credits of professional skills courses (IAFF 6502, IAFF 6503, and/or IAFF 6504) may be counted toward elective credits.
Additional thesis option
Students who wish to complete a thesis do so in addition to the capstone requirement. Students pursuing a thesis must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and approval from the faculty member who will serve as their thesis director. Thesis students also need to complete at least one research methods course. Thesis credits are counted as elective or specialization credits with Program Director approval. The two 3-credit thesis courses must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6998Thesis
IAFF 6999Thesis

Professional specialization options

European and Eurasian Cultures 

At least three courses from the following. Most courses listed below are undergraduate courses and require extra work for graduate credit, to be arranged with the instructor and the Program Director
AH 6245Seminar in European Art of the Nineteenth Century
FREN 3020Contemporary France
FREN 3100WIntroduction to French Literature
FREN 3210Medieval and Early Modern French Literature in Context
FREN 3220Modern French Literature
FREN 3530The Age of Enlightenment
FREN 3600Special Topics in French Literature (taught in French)
FREN 3700History of French Cinema
FREN 4600Special Topics in French Literature (taught in French)
GER 2161German Culture–in English I
GER 2162German Culture–in English II
GER 3181History of German Cinema—in English (in English)
GER 3183Berlin Before and After the Wall (in English)
GER 4175Literature of two Germanies (in German)
GER 4176Contemporary German Literature
GER 4195Special Topics
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Islam and Ethnicity in Central Asia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia)
ITAL 4183History of Italian Film
ITAL 4184Contemporary Italian Cinema
ITAL 4560Modern Italian Novel (in Italian)
SLAV 2361Russian Culture
SLAV 2362Russian Culture
SLAV 2365Twentieth-Century Russian Literature to World War II (in English)
SLAV 2366Russian Literature from World War II to the Present (in English)
SLAV 247320th-Century Russian Prose (in Russian)
SLAV 2474Twentieth-Century Russian Poetry (in Russian)
SLAV 2785Introduction to Russian Cinema I (in English)
SLAV 2786Introduction to Russian Cinema II (in English)
SPAN 3510Heresy and the Other in Early Modern Iberia
SPAN 3530Enlightenment Spain
SPAN 3600Special Topics (in Spanish)
SPAN 4510Cervantes Don Quixote
SPAN 4540The Myth of the Two Spains (in Spanish)
SPAN 45501898 to 1998: Spain's First Century without Empire
SPAN 4600Special Topics
SPAN 4700Film as Text in Latin America

International Economics, Political Economy and Business 

At least three courses from the following:
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Energy Economics)
FINA 6234New Venture Financing: Due Diligence and Valuation Issues
FINA 6271Financial Modeling and Econometrics
FINA 6274Corporate Financial Management and Modeling
FINA 6275Investment Analysis and Global Portfolio Management
FINA 6277Comparative Financial Market Regulation and Development
IAFF 6108International Development Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Business Finance)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Strategy, Global Markers, and Politics)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Economic Policy (Development and Trade Policy in Emerging Economies)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Economic Policy (International Entrepreneurship)
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6302Seminar: International Banking
IBUS 6310International Financial Reporting Standards
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
MBAD 6233Financial Markets
MBAD 6234Financial Management
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy
MBAD 6246Global Economy
MBAD 6281Business Ethics
MBAD 6284Business and Public Policy
MBAD 6285Business Law
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision-Making
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6336The Political Economy of China, India, and Beyond
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe

 International Education 

At least three courses from the following: 1
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa)
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Equality in Latin America)
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Tradition in the Middle East and North Africa)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (International Higher Education)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Migration and Mobility: Education in a Global Era)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Policy Issues in International Education: Developing Countries)
EDUC 6631Internship: International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Comparative Perspectives on Language and International Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Gender in International Education and Development)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Education in Islamic Asia)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Evaluation in International Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Inequality of International Higher Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Issues in Study Abroad)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Scholars and Practitioners in International Higher Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (UNESCO: 21st Century Agenda Topics)
EDUC 6650Education and National Development

International Health Policy and Programs

At least three courses from the following: 2
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology (Food, Culture, and Globalization)
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology (The Social Life of Food)
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Youth and Development)
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6320Advanced Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Global Health Diplomacy)
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6437Global Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
PUBH 6450Global Health Diplomacy
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6514Preventing Health Disparities
PUBH 6532Community Organization, Development, and Advocacy
PUBH 6536Workplace Health Promotion
PUBH 6537Health Promotion and Aging
PUBH 6552Women's Health
PUBH 6553Adolescent Health
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice

International Organization, Diplomacy and Globalization 

At least three courses from the following:
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Contemporary Issues in U.S. Diplomacy)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Diplomacy, Technology, and Global Spaces)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Emerging Powers and International Order)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Public Diplomacy)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S. Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Democracy and Governance Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Local Governance, Decentralization, and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Power and Effectiveness)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (NATO)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Stabilization and Peacebuilding)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (EU Foreign Relations)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (History and Politics of the Caucasus)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Ukraine and Georgia Between Russia and the West)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (OAS and Democracy in the Americas)
LAW 6350Domestic Violence Law
LAW 6534Law of the European Union
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6347U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Authoritarianism and Democratization)
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Comparative Social Policy) *
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Theories of Nationalism) *

International Security Policy

At least three courses from the following:
EMSE 6300Homeland Security: The National Challenge
IAFF 6107The Science of Nuclear Materials
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Security Policy)
IAFF 6146Space Law
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6160Defense Policy and Program Analysis (strongly recommended)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (NATO)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Central Asia: Security, Politics, Society)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (EU Foreign Relations)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Security in Russia and Asia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Security Issues in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Ukraine and Georgia Between Russia and the West)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
LAW 6870National Security Law
LAW 6876Homeland Security Law and Policy
LAW 6879Cybersecurity Law and Policy
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 8452Theories of International Security

Science, Technology, and International Affairs 

At least three courses from the following:
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Social Study of Science and Technology)
ANTH 6806Technology
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
EMSE 6030Technological Forecasting and Management
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6290Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6573Managing E-Commerce Technologies
IAFF 6106Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6107The Science of Nuclear Materials
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Diplomacy, Technology, and Global Spaces)
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6143Science and Technology Policy Analysis
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6152Energy Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber and Information Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Economic Policy (Digital Trade and Global Governance)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Economic Policy (International Climate Change Policy)
LAW 6879Cybersecurity Law and Policy

1 Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director.

Additional information regarding skills courses and the capstone is available on the Elliott School website.

Law School courses—Students may, with permission of their advisor, include courses in the Law School in their major field. Enrolling in a LAW course also requires permission of the Law School dean of students. Students should consult the Elliott School's Graduate Student Services office before enrolling in LAW courses.

2 Consult the Graduate School of Education and Human Development for course availability and additional courses. 

3 Consult the Milken Institute School of Public Health for course availability and additional courses. 

Foreign language proficiency requirement

Students in the European and Eurasian studies program are required to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English by passing the Elliott School-administered foreign language proficiency reading and speaking examination at the currently-required level of proficiency. The Elliott School administers foreign language proficiency examinations once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. Students should plan to take the language proficiency examination as soon as possible following their matriculation in the program. Students have three opportunities to pass the examination. Failure to pass the examination for a third time results in dismissal from the program.