Master of Arts in the Field of Global Communication

Offered jointly by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the master of arts in the field of global communication degree program combines the Elliott School's academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA's strengths as a school of communication and journalism. The graduate program trains students to understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively to global audiences.

A core curriculum focuses on communication, international politics, international economics, and research methods. Required skills courses cover topics such as developing communication strategies, cross-cultural communication, public speaking, and editing. Students also choose one of twelve specializations to build expertise on a major world region or global issue. In the final year, a capstone course tests students' ability to address a real-world problem using the skills and knowledge acquired during their course of study. The rigorous academic program prepares students both intellectually and professionally for careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including 15 credits in core field courses, a 4-credit capstone course sequence, 3 credits in skills courses, 9 credits in a specialization, and 9 credits in elective courses. In addition, all students must fulfill a foreign language proficiency requirement (see below).

 See note regarding special topics and skills courses, the capstone, the additional thesis option, and LAW courses.* 

Required
Core field courses (15 credits)
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
or ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development
IAFF 6101International Affairs Cornerstone
SMPA 6210Media and Foreign Policy
SMPA 6241Research Design
And one course from the following:
HIST 6030History and Its Uses in International Affairs
SMPA 6202Media Effects, Public Opinion, and Persuasion
SMPA 6204Strategic Political Communication
Capstone (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
Skills course (3 credits)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I
or IAFF 6503 Professional Skills II
Students in the global communication program may choose to take skills courses in the School of Media and Public Affairs:
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (Crisis Communication)
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (Social Media)
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (Web Essentials)
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (Speechwriting)
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (Public Speaking)
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills (Developing Digital PR Skills)
*SMPA skills courses are offered only in the spring semester and for 1.5 credits.
Specialization (9 credits)
Students must complete a specialization in either global issues or a regional focus in consultation with the Program Director.
Global issues specializations
A. Communication and information technology in international affairs
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
LAW 6412Communications Law
LAW 6414Development in Telecommunications Law
PPPA 6018Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market
PSPR 6201Strategic Public Relations: Principles and Practice
PSPR 6204Media Relations in a Digital World
PSPR 6208Integrated Marketing Communications
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Information, Media and National Security)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Changing Media Technology)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (International Communication)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Electronic Media Policy)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Public Affairs and Government Information)
B. Conflict and conflict resolution
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
GEOG 6224Seminar: Political Geography
HIST 6822Nationalism in the Middle East
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Ethics and International Politics)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nation Building: Theory and Practice)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Religion and International Affairs)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Theory and Practice of International Negotiations)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Food, Globalization, and Conflict)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military and Post-Conflict Intervention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War to Peace Transition)
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
PPSY 6103Political Violence and Terrorism
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 6444Politics of International Law
PSC 6351Civil-Military Relations
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Nationalism in Former Soviet Republics)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Race, Media and Politics)
C. Global gender policy
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Women in Global Politics)
IAFF 3183Special Topics in Development Policy
IAFF 6102Global Gender Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Development Policy)
IAFF 6136Gender and Development
PHIL 6238Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
PSYC 8275Women and Health
SMPA 6205Media, Development, and Globalization
SOC 6265Women, Welfare, and Poverty
SOC 6268Race, Gender, and Class
SOC 6271Gender and Society
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WGSS 6225Contemporary Feminist Theory
WGSS 6230Global Feminisms
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6257Gender and Sexuality
WGSS 6265Women, Welfare, and Poverty
WGSS 6266Gender and Criminal Justice
WGSS 6268Race, Gender, and Class
WGSS 8275Women and Health
D. Global health
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (Refugees and Displaced Persons)
ECON 6248Health Economics
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6437Global Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
E. International development
Anthropology
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (Refugees and Displaced Persons)
ECON 6291Methods of Demographic Analysis
GEOG 6291Methods of Demographic Analysis
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PSPR 6204Media Relations in a Digital World
PSPR 6208Integrated Marketing Communications
SOC 6230Sociological Research Methods
SOC 6232Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research
STAT 6291Methods of Demographic Analysis
Environment
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
GEOG 6222Seminar: Resources and the Environment
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
GEOG 6230Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development
GEOG 6250Geographical Perspectives on Development
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
PHIL 6281Environmental Philosophy and Policy
Humanitarian assistance
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
GEOG 6224Seminar: Political Geography
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
International development management
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
PPPA 6025Ethics and Public Values
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6018Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Media in the Developing World)
International education
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (Technology and Development in International Education)
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6650Education and National Development
Global health
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
Political economy
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6295Special Topics (Industrial and Technology Policy in Developing Countries)
IBUS 6403International Business Negotiations
IBUS 6404New Global Competitive Framework
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Politics of Development)
PSPR 6208Integrated Marketing Communications
Women and development
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WGSS 6230Global Feminisms
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Global/Domestic Labor Studies)
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Global Islamic Feminisms)
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Women and Entrepreneurial Leadership)
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Women, Development, and Rights)
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
F. International economic affairs
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (International Economic Integration)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Industrial and Technology Policy in Developing Countries)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of the European Union)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of U.S. Trade Policy)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of U.S. Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Emerging Market Financial Crises)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (U.S. Aid and Trade in the Developing World)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political Economy of South Asia)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America)
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6302Seminar: International Banking
IBUS 6303External Development Financing
IBUS 6404New Global Competitive Framework
IBUS 6405Legal Aspects of International and Multinational Business
PSC 6439International Political Economy
G. International law and organizations
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of the European Union)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Theory and Practice of International Negotiations)
LAW 6520International Law
LAW 6534Law of the European Union
LAW 6870National Security Law
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 6444Politics of International Law
PSC 8226Politics and Organizations
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Media Law)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Public Affairs and Government Information)
H. Public diplomacy
Required:
SMPA 6275Public Diplomacy
Recommended Core Course:
SMPA 6204Strategic Political Communication
Recommended Elective Courses:
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies
IAFF 6208Special Topics in Global Communication
PPPA 6018Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PSC 6345Comparative Foreign Policy
PSC 6351Civil-Military Relations
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 8334Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
SMPA 6205Media, Development, and Globalization
SMPA 6270Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs
SMPA 6274Media and War
I. U.S. foreign policy
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economics of U.S. Trade Policy)
HIST 6001Special Topics (History of International Economic System)
HIST 6032Reading and Research Seminar: Strategy and Policy
HIST 6310Readings in Nineteenth-Century American History
HIST 6320Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
HIST 6321Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S. Public Diplomacy)
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Forward Engagement)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence and National Security Policymaking)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military and Post Conflict Intervention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Transnational Security Issues)
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6305U.S.-South Asia Relations
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Mediterranean Region and U.S. Security)
IAFF 6505Elliott School Seminars
IAFF 6521U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program
LAW 6870National Security Law
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6347U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
PSC 6372Foreign Policy of China
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 8229Politics and Public Policy
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Theories of Democracy)
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Identity and Major Wars)
J. U.S. national security policy and process
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ECON 6239Economics of Defense
HIST 6001Special Topics
HIST 6032Reading and Research Seminar: Strategy and Policy
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6160Defense Policy and Program Analysis
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Forward Engagement)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Health and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Geography)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post-Conflict Development)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military and Post-Conflict Intervention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence and National Security Policymaking)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Issues in International Criminal Law)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Security Issues)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (NATO and European Security)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Transatlantic Security Issues)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Asian Regional Security)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6167Defense Policy and Program Analysis II
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6362Regional Security in Middle East
LAW 6552Law of War
LAW 6870National Security Law
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
PPSY 6101Fundamentals of Political Psychology
PPSY 6102Political Psychology Research Methods
PPSY 6103Political Violence and Terrorism
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6347U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
PSC 6442Politics and Practice of International Institutions
PSC 6444Politics of International Law
PSC 6457Arms Control and Disarmament
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Regional Field Specialization Options
A. Asian studies
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
HIST 6001Special Topics (Central Asian History)
HIST 6610Readings Seminar: Late Imperial China
HIST 6611Readings Seminar: Twentieth-Century China
HIST 6621Readings Seminar: Modern Japanese History
HIST 6630Special Topics in Korean History
HIST 6641Modern Southeast Asia
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6305U.S.-South Asia Relations
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Asian Regional Security)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Force in Asian Politics)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (International Relations of South Asia)
PSC 6370Politics of China I
PSC 6372Foreign Policy of China
PSC 6475International Politics of East Asia
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia)
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Japanese Politics)
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Japanese Foreign Policy)
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (U.S.-China Relations)
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Politics of Asia Pacific Economic Integration)
PSPR 6201Strategic Public Relations: Principles and Practice
PSPR 6204Media Relations in a Digital World
PSPR 6208Integrated Marketing Communications
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Media in the Developing World)
B. European and Asian studies
ECON 6295Special Topics (East European Economies in Historical Perspective)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Post-Communist Economic Analysis)
GEOG 6265Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors
HIST 6001Special Topics (Central Asian History)
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6105Seminar: European Intellectual History
HIST 6120Seminar: Early Modern European History
HIST 6121Reading and Research Seminar: Modern European History
HIST 6128Europe and the World, 1500–Present
HIST 6133English People and Institutions
HIST 6170Eastern European History I
HIST 6171Eastern European History II
HIST 6180History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
HIST 6185Seminar: Russian and Soviet Thought
HIST 6188The Soviet Union and the World, 1917 to 1991
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Caucasus in the 20th Century)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Central Asia: Issues and Challenges)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Geopolitics of Ukraine)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Mediterranean Region and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Nationalism in Ukraine and Russia)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (NATO and European Security)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Political Economy of the European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Scandinavia and Baltic States)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Security Relations)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Turkey's Place in Europe)
PSC 6333Comparative Politics of Russia and Eurasia
PSC 6360Western European Politics
PSC 6361Politics of European Integration
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 6366Government and Politics of Russia
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Government and Politics of Ukraine)
PSPR 6201Strategic Public Relations: Principles and Practice
PSPR 6204Media Relations in a Digital World
C. Latin American and hemispheric studies
ANTH 6702Issues in Latin American Anthropology
HIST 6701Topics in Latin American History (20th Century Latin American Revolutions)
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
GEOG 6261Geographical Perspectives on Latin America
IAFF 6341Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Cornerstone
IAFF 6342Drug Trafficking in the Americas
IAFF 6343Indigenous Social Movements
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil Since Independence)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic Integration of the Americas)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Mexico Since Independence)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political and Economic Development of the Southern Cone)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy of Latin America)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Remittances in Latin America)
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 6484International Relations of Latin America
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Media in the Developing World)
D. Middle East studies
HIST 6822Nationalism in the Middle East
IAFF 6362Regional Security in Middle East
IAFF 6363Political Economy of the Middle East
IAFF 6364Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies
PSC 6377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 6478International Relations of the Middle East
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Media in the Developing World )
Electives (9 credits)
9 credits in elective courses relating to international affairs or communication selected with approval of the Program Director. With Program Director approval, graduate students can apply a maximum of 6 credits of language courses toward the electives.
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 credit is counted as elective or specialization credits with Program Director approval. The two 3-credit thesis courses must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6998Thesis
IAFF 6999Thesis

*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, the capstone, and the thesis 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 Office of Academic Advising and Student Services office before enrolling in LAW courses.

Foreign language proficiency requirement 

Students in the master of arts in the field of global communication program are required to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English. Students may fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Having earned a minimum grade of B in a sixth-semester university-level advanced language course completed no more than three years prior to matriculation in the Elliott School's master's degree program.
  • Having earned a minimum grade of B in a sixth-semester university-level advanced language course at GW, or in an approved course taken at another institution of higher learning, including Elliott School exchange partner institutions, while enrolled in the Elliott School master's program. 
  • 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.
  • Achieving the required proficiency level in a reading and speaking examination administered by an Elliott School-approved foreign language assessment institution, at the student's expense, while enrolled in the Elliott School's Master's Degree Program.
  • Demonstrating the required foreign language proficiency level in a foreign language professional skills course offered through the Elliott School. The instructor tests the student during the course to determine if the required proficiency level has been achieved. 

As of fall 2018, the above policy applies to new and current students in the Elliott School’s non-regional studies master’s programs with a foreign language requirement. Consult the Program Director for more information.