Graduate Admissions

Students are at the heart of the Elliott School mission. As we educate and train the next generation of international leaders, we also strive to provide opportunities for scholarship and knowledge-building within the field. Our location in the center of Washington, D.C., offers incomparable benefits, and our powerful network of connections spans both the academic and policy community. Our students enhance their professional education through jobs and internships in the public, private and nonprofit sectors as they equip themselves to make the world a better place.


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"I chose the Elliott School because the school's missions of creating knowledge, sharing wisdom and inspiring action to make a difference in the world resonated strongly with me. I was equally impressed with the school's commitment to develop the next generation of global leaders." 

Chomba Chocho

MA International Affairs


All Elliott School programs (M.A., M.I.P.P., M.I.S., and graduate certificates) offer fall and spring* admission.

Applications for admission will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the Fellowship deadlines (listed below) have passed.

*Please note that spring applicants to the M.A. in International Development Studies and M.A. in Middle East Studies programs must agree to complete the program over five semesters instead of four. This excludes summer sessions.

  Spring Applications Due Fall Applications Due
Fellowship and Admission Consideration October 1st January 7th


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2019 Graduate Class Profile


17 percent non-US citizens


5 percent military population


1,645 applicants. 362 enrolling students


3.46 average GPA


Elliott School by the Numbers

13 graduate programs; 3 certificate programs


370+ annual events


25,000 alumni in 100+ countries


10 research institutes


Graphic: 40+ Professional Skills Courses


Graphic: 15+ International Partner Schools


Contact Graduate Admissions

The George Washington University 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-7050

Email: [email protected]

Join us for Online Office Hours on Gmail Chat! Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-5 p.m

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