Admissions deadline: 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: Applicants to the MA International Economic Policy program must have completed both introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics courses at the time of application.
Intermediate micro- and macroeconomics are highly recommended preparation for the MIEP program, but are not required for admission. Students without these courses will be able to take an online program during the summer prior to enrollment that is administered by the Elliott School’s Institute for International Economic Policy.
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) 650 (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: ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 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 quantitative analysis course, a 4-credit capstone sequence, and 18 credits in a self-designed professional specialization. 

Students admitted to the MA in international economic policy (MIEP) program must demonstrate proficiency in intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics before taking any Economics (ECON) course, including required economics coursework. Admitted students without this demonstrated proficiency may take courses in other departments, including those with an IAFF designation. For more details, visit the intermediate theory requirement page or contact

Required (22 credits)
Core courses (15 credits)
ECON 6253Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
IAFF 6191Financial Accounting **
IAFF 6193Finance **
Quantitative analysis course (3 credits)
One of the following. Other quantitative analysis courses may be taken with prior approval of the program director.
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
or ECON 6374 Probability and Statistics for Economics
or PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics
Capstone sequence (4 credits)
Students complete a two-course capstone sequence that most closely matches the thematic area of their course work. 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
Self-designed professional specialization (18 Credits)
In addition to the required curriculum, students work with the program director to develop a self-designed professional specialization that includes at least six additional courses (18 credits). Up to 3 of these credits may be taken in professional skills courses (IAFF 6502, IAFF 6503, and/or IAFF 6504).

 *Students may demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion within two years prior to matriculation of an intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics course with a minimum grade of B- at an accredited university or college.
  2. Successful completion of the Elliott School (non-credit) online intermediate economics program. This program is offered during the summer by the Institute for International Economic Policy. Each program lasts about eight weeks. See the MIEP Intermediate Theory Programs page for additional information, including fees.
  3. Passing a proficiency exam administered by the MIEP program, normally scheduled in the week prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. 

For additional information, visit the intermediate theory requirement page or contact

**Students who desire more rigorous quantitative methods coursework may substitute more advanced econometrics or mathematical economics courses for IAFF 6191 and IAFF 6193 with program director approval.