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.
OR -
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.
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:
esiagrad@gwu.edu ~ 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 6 credits in core field courses, a 4-credit capstone course sequence, 15 credits in a concentration, 6 credits in analytical competency courses, and 9 credits in elective courses.

See note regarding special topics courses, skills courses, and LAW courses.*

Required
Core field courses (6 credits)
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6143Science and Technology Policy Analysis
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 6157International Science and Technology Policy Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6159International Science and Technology Policy Capstone Project
Concentration (15 credits)
At least five courses in one concentration. Students may choose from the following concentrations or they may design a personalized concentration in consultation with the Program Director. All courses below are listed in order of relevance and fit for the respective requirement.
A. Space Policy
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6146Space Law
or LAW 6548 Air and Space Law
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Space Economics)
EHS 6227Introduction to Human Health in Space
B. Energy Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6152Energy Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science Diplomacy)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Global Energy Markets)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society. Same as: IBUS 6400)
IBUS 4404Global Energy
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
LAW 6438Energy Law and Regulation
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
C. Technology Innovation Management and Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Economics of Technological Change. Same as: ECON 6255)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development and Technology)
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ISTM 6214Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6218Business Applications of Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6222IS/IT Strategy and Implementation
ISTM 6223Technology Entrepreneurship
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6233Emerging Technologies
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
MGT 6280Entrepreneurship
D. Environmental Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science Diplomacy)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World's Water)
IAFF 6164Environmental Security
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Smallholder Agriculture)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Urbanization and Climate Change)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Strategic Environmental Management)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Climate Change and Environmental Policy in Latin America)
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
GEOG 6220Seminar: Climatic Change
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Environmental Conservation)
GEOG 6230Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development (Environment and Development)
PPPA 6140Introduction to Environmental Law
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
E. Nuclear Policy
IAFF 6152Energy Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science Diplomacy)
IAFF 6106Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6107The Science of Nuclear Materials
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Security Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Strategy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
F. National Security
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Artificial Intelligence and Non-Proliferation)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons of Mass Destruction and Arms Control in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Emerging Threats)
IAFF 6106Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6107The Science of Nuclear Materials
IAFF 6162Security Policy Analysis
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Security Policy)
IAFF 6160Defense Policy and Program Analysis
Analytical competency (6 credits)
Two courses from the following:
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Economics of Technological Change. Same as: ECON 6255)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Applied Qualitative Methods)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Data Analytics for International Affairs)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6218Survey of Economics II
ECON 6219Managerial Economics
ECON 6321Applied Managerial Economics
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
ECON 6301Applied Microeconomic Theory
ECON 6305Applied Macroeconomic Theory
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision-Making
PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6007Microeconomics for Public Policy I
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
PPPA 6020Decision Modeling for Public Policy
Other relevant concentration courses and analytical competency courses not listed above may be substituted with the approval of the program director.
Electives (9 credits)
9 credits in elective courses. Elective courses may include graduate-level courses offered through other Elliott School programs, departments in other GW schools, or a combination of the two. Up to 3 credits may be taken as professional skills courses (IAFF 6502 or IAFF 6503).

*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 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.