Newly Admitted Graduate Students

Welcome to the Elliott School of International Affairs! You are about to join a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners working on some of the most pressing international affairs issues around the world. And that's just our students. Our faculty members also bring deep and rich expertise in public policy, field work, and research to the classroom.

Whether you are joining us for a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate, academic advisors in the Office of Graduate Student Services (GSS) can assist you with the transition to graduate school, course planning, and monitoring your academic progress.


Graduate students in the Elliott School of International Affairs benefit from the guidance of two different advising resources (pdf).

One resource will be your program director. Your program director will guide the content of your degree, ensure that the courses you choose make sense together, and will help you achieve the academic and career goals you have set.

The second source of guidance will be your academic advisor. Your academic advisor will lead you through your course requirements ensuring that you follow the procedures and policies necessary to successfully complete your degree. Students are assigned an academic advisor by program.

Graduate students are assigned to an advisor by program, and meet with students via appointment or during drop-in hours. Newly admitted  students may begin making appointments after completing the deposit process with Graduate Admissions. Drop-in hours are also available, and can change semester to semester, so please see the current drop-in schedule posted on the Graduate Academic Advising page.

Contact us:

1957 E Street, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-3788
Email: [email protected]

Once you have created your GW e-mail, please complete the GW First Class (online orientation) in Blackboard.

This online tutorial is a self-paced learning experience designed to provide you with information and guidance as you prepare for orientation and your graduate career at the Elliott School. Once you have set up your GW Net ID, it will be added to the tutorial in Blackboard. Then login to Blackboard using your NetID and password and select GW First Class from your course list.

Before registering for your first semester courses, take some time to look at your degree requirements and other academic opportunities. Reviewing the schedule of classes and your program curriculum is a great way to begin.

Take a look at the Plan of Study for your program to get a sense of your requirements and how your curriculum is structured.

Follow the instructions below to begin registering for first semester courses.

Elliott School Graduate Student Orientation is a program designed to help new graduate students become acclimated to the Elliott School and GW. Sessions include meetings with program directors, academic and study abroad advisors, career coaches, and campus resources.

These sessions will provide new students with important information about the program curricula, including capstone, academic policies and procedures, and navigating the GW system. New graduate students will also have the opportunity to meet other students, faculty, staff, and administrators and discover the many resources and opportunities available at the Elliott School.

Save the date(s) for a virtual Spring 2021 New Student Orientation, with sessions to be held at various times from Thursday, January 7 - Friday, January 8! An agenda will be posted as the details are finalized.