Graduate Student Services

Academic Advising

Advising for Enrolled Students

Graduate students are assigned to an advisor by program: 

Asian Studies
Patrick Murphy, [email protected]u
European and Eurasian Studies
Patrick Murphy, [email protected]
Global Communication
Elizabeth Lusk, [email protected]
International Affairs
Sarah Denes, [email protected]
International Development Studies
Elizabeth Lusk, [email protected]
International Science and Technology Policy
Elizabeth Lusk, [email protected]
International Trade and Investment Policy
Elizabeth Lusk, [email protected]
Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
Patrick Murphy, [email protected]
Middle East Studies
Patrick Murphy, [email protected]
Security Policy Studies
Elizabeth Lusk, [email protected]
Master of International Policy and Practice
Jonathan Walker, [email protected]
Master of International Studies
Patrick Murphy, [email protected]
Graduate Certificate
Sarah Denes, [email protected]


Schedule an appointment with your advisor!

You must log in to Handshake with your GW net ID and password to schedule
QUESTIONS? Call (202) 994-3788 to speak with our front desk staff about your needs. We cannot accommodate same-day appointments or appointment requests made by e-mail (appointments are for current Elliott School students only). All appointments are limited to 30 minutes.

Drop-in Office Hours            

Spring 2018 drop-in hours (beginning January 16):

Sarah Denes Thursdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Elizabeth Lusk Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
Patrick Murphy Mondays 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Academic advisors will set drop-in hours each semester. During these hours, the advisor will be available to meet with students in-person OR over the phone on a first-come, first-served basis (no appointment necessary). Questions are not limited to "general questions", but meetings may be limited to 15 minutes.

During office hours, students are welcome to meet with any advisor (not limited to their assigned advisor), but may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment with their assigned advisor if appropriate. To meet with an advisor during office hours, please check-in at the front desk of Suite 603 or call 202-994-3788.

*In the event that office hours are cancelled, a notification will be posted on the 19thandE Blog. 

What Advisors Do

While students are responsible for determining their schedule and meeting all degree requirements, Academic Advisors are here to guide graduate students through the entire graduate degree. An Academic Advisor can help you:

  • Choose your courses
  • Prepare your plan of study
  • Organize a study abroad experience
  • Check your progress towards graduation
  • Generally facilitate your successful completion of GW and the Elliott School's graduate program.

Review this flyer to learn more about the differences between your Academic Advisor and your Program Director.

Read our Advising Syllabus (.pdf) to learn more about our advising system, student and advisor expectations, and your timeline for graduating.