Admissions Deadlines: Fall – July 1
Spring - November 1
Recommendations required: One (1) 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: A 2-3 page statement of interests and personal goals.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for requirements. Please note: International students who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.

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)

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 3 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses.

PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
Three of the following:
PPPA 6048Financing State and Local Government
PPPA 6051Governmental Budgeting
PPPA 6052Tax Policy Analysis
or PPPA 6054 Issues in Federal Budgeting
PPPA 6053Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6055Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships