Offered jointly by GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication combines the Elliott School's globally recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA’s strengths as a leading school of communication and journalism.
Students in the Global Communication program learn about the fascinating and rapidly evolving global information environment. As future or advancing professionals in the field, they learn how to work in this environment and communicate effectively with audiences worldwide.
Students take a rigorous academic program that prepares them both intellectually and professionally for exciting careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. A core curriculum focuses on communication, international politics, international economics, and research methods. Required skills courses on topics such as developing communication strategies, cross-cultural communication, public speaking, and editing prepare students for careers in global communication. Students also choose one of twelve specializations to build expertise on a major world region or global issue. In the final year, a capstone course tests students' ability to address a real-world problem using the skills and knowledge acquired during their course of study.
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) required.
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.
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 of International Affairs. 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 a modern foreign language and course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) are also required. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution. In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.
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:
Additionally, non-native speakers of English must pass an additional English proficiency exam (the TOOL exam).
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