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 scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
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: A 2-3 page statement of philosophical and policy interests and personal goals.
Writing Sample: A writing sample highlighting analytic, writing, and research abilities is also required. Writing samples should be approximately 10-15 pages.
International applicants only: 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:

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.

202-994-6210 (phone)

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

Thesis and non-thesis options are available at the discretion of the faculty. Thesis option—36 credits, including 24 credits in required coursework, 6 credits in elective courses, and 6 credits in thesis; non-thesis option—36 credits, including 24 credits in required coursework and 12 credits in elective courses.

Four graduate Philosophy (PHIL) seminars.
One course from each of the following areas of study, to be selected in consultation with the academic advisor:
Applied policy—example courses:
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
PPPA 6069Science and U.S. Public Policy
PSC 8212Urban Policy Problems
Economics—example courses:
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6248
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision Making
PPPA 6007Microeconomics for Public Policy I
Policy analysis—example courses:
HIST 6011Reading and Research in History and Public Policy
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6011Politics and Policy Analysis
PSC 6103Approaches to Public Policy Analysis
SOC 6248Race and Urban Redevelopment
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6265Gender, Welfare, and Poverty
Research methods—example course:
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
Required for the thesis option
PHIL 6999Thesis Research (taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
6 credits in elective courses for thesis, 12 credits for non-thesis.
Electives may focus on a particular policy area (e.g., biomedical/healthcare, urban/welfare, or environmental policy) or may explore varied approaches and policy and policy issues.