Admission deadlines: Fall - February 1: Priority consideration for admission and funding; April 1: Guaranteed review for admission and consideration for funding, if available. (Applications for admission will continue to be accepted after April 1, when space remains available in the program.)
Spring - October 1
Standardized test scores: GRE not required.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum score for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Recommendations required: Two (2) letters of recommendation.
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 must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the 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:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Thesis option—30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses, 6 credits in thesis, and 9 credits in elective courses, at least 3 credits of which must be in a COMM course; non-thesis option—30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 15 credits in elective courses, at least 6 credits of which must be in COMM courses.

COMM 6150Persuasion
or ORSC 6224 Persuasion and Negotiation
COMM 6100Communication Theory
COMM 6110Research Methods in Communication
COMM 6171Professional Communication
COMM 6190Leadership Communication
Required for thesis students
COMM 6999Thesis Research (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
9 credits for thesis students and 15 credits for non-thesis students, selected from the following:
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology
COMM 6165Organizational and Communication Networks
COMM 6172Health Communication
COMM 6174Intercultural Communication
COMM 6179Sexual Communication
COMM 6189Intercultural Negotiation
COMM 6196Independent Study
COMM 6242Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
or ORSC 6242 Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
DNSC 6247Organization, Management, and Leadership
DNSC 6290Special Topics (Communication Strategy in Project Management)
EDUC 6530Intercultural Campus Leadership
HOL 6704Leadership in Organizations
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
MGT 6210Leading Teams
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
ORSC 6212Current Issues in Personnel Testing and Selection
ORSC 6214Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems
ORSC 6243Seminar: Leadership in Complex Organizations
PMGT 6402Applied Political Communications
PMGT 6404Principled Political Leadership
PSYC 8243Seminar: Psychology of Leadership in Organizations
PSYC 8248Research Applications to Organizational Intervention and Change
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6570Advanced Public Health Communication: Theory and Practice
SMPA 6202Media Effects, Public Opinion, and Persuasion
SMPA 6204Strategic Political Communication