Elliott School of International Affairs

George Washington University
Washington, DC


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Our Program

The Elliott School is a place where learning and leadership come together in practice.

The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University is one of America's leading professional schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The Elliott School prepares students for an extensive range of international affairs careers in the business, nonprofit and governmental sectors. Our alumni can be found in leading decision-making positions all over the world.

Each year, approximately 325 students enter our ten two-year master’s degree programs on international affairs, international development, international economic policy, international science and technology policy, global communication, and security policy studies and regional programs focusing on Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Elliott School also offers a one-year master’s degree program for mid-career professionals and a one-year, dual-degree Master in International Studies program for students from the Elliott School’s 18 partner universities overseas. In addition, we offer joint degree programs with GW’s schools of business, law and public health, and graduate concentrations in those same fields as well as in international education.

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Additional Requirements

Certain Elliott School programs have economics, foreign language, and/or experience prerequisites. Please see Admissions Prerequisites section of the Graduate Admissions page for more information.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester

Fellowship and Admission Consideration: January 7th

Admission Consideration: February 1st

Spring Semester

Fellowship and Admission Consideration: October 1st

Student Body

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Clubs & Associations

At the Elliott School, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. With student organizations in the school, and many more throughout all of George Washington University, there are endless possibilities.

Elliott School Graduate Board (ESGB):

The Elliott School Graduate Board is responsible for organizing social and professional events for the Elliott graduate student body and is the umbrella organization for all Elliott graduate organizations (see below: GSF, IAR, OAS, OID, PEERS).

Graduate Student Forum (GSF):

The Elliot School's Graduate Student Forum fosters a strong sense of community among the school. Graduate Student Forum holds events ranging from museum visits, networking events, hikes and more.

International Affairs Review (IAR):

This student-run publication regularly publishes articles written by Elliott School graduate students. These timely articles provide analytical commentary as well as discussions with practitioners, academics, and policymakers. In addition to their website, IAR also publishes a biannual journal featuring policy analyses, book reviews, interviews, and spotlights written by students.

Organization of Asian Studies:

The Organization of Asian Studies (OAS) is a graduate and undergraduate student organization that seeks to foster an appreciation of Northeast, Southeast, and South Asian culture. The organization focuses on strengthening ties between students and faculty with an interest in Asia through ambitious programming and events, all made possible by the support of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Organization of International Development (OID):

This topical-focused student organization examines and promotes the theory and practice of international development by hosting round-tables, scholarly presentations, career and networking workshops, film screenings and social events.

Professionals in European, Eurasian and Russian Studies (PEERS):

This regionally- focused student organization facilitates academic and professional interactions, increases awareness of the issues affecting the countries of Europe, Eurasia and Russia, and promotes an understanding of these issues from a global perspective. It hosts events throughout the academic year, including embassy visits, round-tables and networking events.

Student Association (SA):

As GW's student government, the SA represents all 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The SA advocates on behalf of students, allocates funding to student organizations, advertises student programming and assists students. Within the SA Senate, there is an Elliott School graduate student representative position available.

In addition to the numerous resources at the Elliott School, students are supported by the Center for Student Engagement's Graduate, Distance & Professional Students team. This team oversees and supports graduate student groups and organizations and also hosts co-curricular initiatives and assists graduate students as they navigate GW.

What Our Students Say

  • The MAIA program has effectively given me a toolkit to do policy evaluation with the real-world issues that we explore in the classroom and all throughout Washington, D.C.

    Sahil Jain, MA International Affairs ‘18
  • You are not waiting to graduate to actually begin to make social change. What was really inspiring to me was that the professors we had and my classmates were already deep in development when we were going through the IDS Program.

    Mariam Adil, MA International Development Studies ‘15
  • The Global Communication program at GW has been instrumental in equipping me with the tools necessary to become a communications expert.

    Laura Brendle, MA Global Communication ‘18

Tuition & Financial Aid

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