The Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School administers the M.A. program in Asian Studies and offers students many valuable resources and opportunities. The program is directed by a large, renowned faculty whose expertise includes the foreign affairs, security and policy, language and culture, economics, and history of East, Southeast, and South Asia. The highly diverse and experienced faculty prepares students for careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors through rigorous coursework in political science, history, and international affairs. To supplement studies in Washington, D.C., the Sigur Center also provides funding for summer language study and research projects in Asia.
Fall – February 1 (To be considered for fellowship support, applications must be submitted by January 7. )
Standardized test scores:
GRE General Test (institutional code 5246) or GMAT (GMAT institution code: QK4-4F-40) OR submit an Initial View interview and writing sample.
Two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably from professors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may send recommendations from supervisors or employers.
Prior academic records:
Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application. Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.
Statement of purpose:
For your Statement of Purpose, choose one of these options:
In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.
In an essay of approximately 500 words, please discuss an issue of international importance you wish to address in your professional career. Please include how the Elliott School and the academic program to which you have applied will prepare you to address this global issue.
A resumé or curriculum vitae is required. High intermediate proficiency of an approved Asian language is required prior to admission.
International applicants only:
Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.
PLEASE NOTE that Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052
Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday