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.

"I always knew that I could learn new things about the industry through working and learning on my own, but the knowledge I gained through interacting with active practitioners inside and outside the classroom prepared me for the challenges and experiences I face daily in my professional life."

Tyler Way
M.A. International Science and Technology Policy '21


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 below have passed, but students will not be considered for fellowships.

   Spring Applications (January Start) Fall Applications (August Start)
Fellowship Consideration Deadline October 1st January 7th
Early Notification Deadline --- November 1st**

*Please note that spring applicants to the M.A. in International Development Studies, M.A. in International Science and Technology 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.

**All application materials must be received by the November 1st deadline in order to be considered for Early Notification and fellowships. Applications that are submitted but incomplete by November 1 will be considered for regular decision. Applications that are submitted and completed by November 1 will receive a decision from the Admissions Committee by January 1.

Text: 2019 Graduate Class Profile. Background photos feature students in a lecture and students walking on campus
17% of students are non-US citizens


9% military population


1,645 applicants and 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
11 research institutes
40+ professional skills courses
15+ International Partner Schools

Graduate Admissions Blog

The Graduate Admissions blog highlights students, alumni, and faculty of programs across the Elliott School as part of our effort to provide as much information and support as possible to students who are researching and applying to graduate programs.

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