Graduate Admissions

COVID-19 Information

As the university continues to monitor the evolving situation around the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), please refer to GW's dedicated page, continuously updated with the latest campus response and GW-affiliated travel information.

During GW's Instructional Continuity Period, the Office of Graduate Admissions will be open for business virtually until further notice. Operating hours will remain Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. EST and we will be available to answer your questions via phone at 202-994-7050. All of our information sessions will be offered virtually and short recordings of lectures are available to you in the absence of in-person class sessions. 

The safety and care of our community is our top priority, and we appreciate your flexibility during this time. We look forward to connecting with you!





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 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 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. 



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


11 research institutes


Graphic: 40+ Professional Skills Courses


Graphic: 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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Contact Graduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
Phone: (202) 994-7050