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:

This is your opportunity to convey to the admissions committee whatever information about yourself – over and above the information provided elsewhere in your application (including your résumé) – that you would like them to consider.

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 as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application or résumé/curriculum vita.

International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to the 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: 12 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses. 

PPPA 6031Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6032Managing Fundraising and Philanthropy
or PPPA 6033 Nonprofit Enterprise
6 credits (two courses) selected from the following:
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6032Managing Fundraising and Philanthropy (if not taken as a required course)
PPPA 6033Nonprofit Enterprise (if not taken as a required course)
PPPA 6034Managing Nonprofit Boards
PPPA 6053Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6055Contracting Out and Public–Private Partnerships
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6062Community Development Policy and Management
PPPA 6063Policy Issues in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Impact Investing
PPPA 6068Leading Diverse and Inclusive Organizations
Or a TSPPPA special topics course on a relevant topic approved by the certificate program advisor.
Or a relevant course taken in another GW school with the approval of the certificate program advisor. No more than 3 credits taken outside TSPPPA can be counted toward the certificate.