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 Late applications accepted on a case by case basis for students who do not require an F-1 or J-1 visa through November 1.
Standardized test scores: The GRE general or GMAT is not required however if you feel as though submitting scores for the GRE or GMAT will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them
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.
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: 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, or resumé/curriculum vita.
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.

40 credits, including 19 credits in required core courses, 6 credits in tools courses, a minimum of 9 credits in a policy field, and 6 credits in elective courses.

Policy core
PPPA 6000Perspectives on Public Values
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics (taken for 3 credits)
PPPA 6007Microeconomics for Public Policy I
PPPA 6008MPA/MPP Capstone
PPPA 6011Politics and Policy Analysis
PPPA 6013Regression Methods for Policy Research
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
Tools of analysis
Two courses selected from the following:
PPPA 6005Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditure Analysis
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6020Decision Modeling for Public Policy
PPPA 6021Data Visualization
PPPA 8022Econometrics for Policy Research
PPPA 8023Mixed Methods in Research Design
Field of study/electives
Students must complete a policy field of at least 9 credits. The remaining 6 credits required for the degree may be taken in that field or they may be used as electives to, e.g., include additional tools courses or courses in other fields in their program of study.