Admission Requirements

The George Washington University seeks candidates who have demonstrated potential for management and leadership and who have the intellectual ability, maturity, initiative, and creativity to participate in this challenging environment. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent academic credential from a recognized international university.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A completed application form with the non-refundable application fee
  • A current resume with education and work history
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic)
  • A Statement of Purpose — a 250- to 500-word essay describing your academic and professional goals
  • An undergraduate or master’s degree GPA or equivalent from an accredited college or university.* Students with foreign credentials should speak directly with an Enrollment Advisor.**
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A record of previous graduate-level coursework when available

*Applicants who possess an undergraduate or master’s degree GPA of 3.0 or higher will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as a component of their GSPM application. Applicants with an undergraduate or master’s degree GPA below 3.0 can either take the GRE or petition for a waiver. Contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1.888.989.7067 for details.
** Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for students who are from countries where English is not an official language and for those who do not hold a degree from an accredited American institution of higher learning.

Preference in admission is given to those applicants with strong academic credentials, appropriate undergraduate preparation, and relevant work experience. An undergraduate major in political science or communications, although helpful, is not required.

Transfer Credit

The online Master’s in Political Management curriculum consists of seven core courses, and three concentration courses (choose between the Electoral Politics Cluster or the Advocacy Politics Cluster), followed by a capstone seminar. Students are also required to complete three separate independent study projects throughout the duration of the curriculum. Click on a course for more detailed course descriptions.

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