The Master's Degree in Political Management prepares you to influence the political process, be successful, and make a positive difference in your community -- whether you want to work in the local, state, national, or international arena.
The Master's Degree in Political Management's 12-course (36-credit-hour) curriculum prepares aspiring political professionals to take their place in the emerging profession of politics. Get outside of the classroom and gain hands-on professional experience that you can apply immediately in your career. You'll learn the strategy, tactics, and ethical principles you need for success.
The degree may be tailored to your specific career goals. You may choose to focus in one of the following areas, or work with your faculty advisor to select courses from several areas that meet your individual aspirations. Focus areas offered with this program include Advocacy Politics, Electoral Politics, and Advanced Political Skills.
Classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings on GW's main campus in Foggy Bottom. The degree can be completed in as little as one year; however, students typically take two courses each semester, and finish in two years
If you want to work in lobbying, grassroots, corporate public affairs, or non-profit operations, the Advocacy Politics concentration will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to start shaping policy outcomes immediately.
If you plan to run for political office or want to manage political campaigns, the Electoral Politics concentration will provide you with a solid foundation to work in politics at the local, state, or national level.
Advanced Political Skills
Many skills in the field of professional politics work in both advocacy and electoral settings. If you dream of becoming a pollsters, communications consultant, or fundraiser, the Advanced Political Skills concentration will give you the flexibility to customize and hone your skills in a specific area of politics. Also, with the permission of the program director, students may design a three-course sequence that includes courses from each concentration.
Fall – June 15
Standardized test scores:
Applicants with an overall undergrad GPA, including transfer credits, of 3.0 (no rounding of GPA) and above are not required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Applicants with an overall undergrad GPA, including transfer credits, below 3.0 must do AT LEAST one of the following:
Three (3) recommendations (preferably at least one professional and one academic recommendation)
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.
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.
Statement of purpose:
In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
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.
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admission
College of Professional Studies
The George Washington University
44983 Knoll Square, Suite B56
Ashburn, VA 20147
M.P.S. distance education applicants only:
Admissions Processing Services
Attn: GW Online Programs
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Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
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