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An Inside Look

The George Washington University has been in the heart of the U.S. capital for close to 200 years, transforming ideas into action. As the world changes, GW evolves to address social, economic, technological, and political issues, linking students with unparalleled resources found exclusively in the nation’s most influential city.

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• 10 colleges and schools:
    - College of Professional Studies
    - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
    - Elliott School of International Affairs
    - Graduate School of Education & Human Development
    - GW Law School
    - Milken Institute School of Public Health
    - School of Business
    - School of Engineering & Applied Science
    - School of Medicine & Health Sciences
    - School of Nursing

• 200 doctoral, master’s, and graduate certificate programs in:
    - Arts & Humanities
    - Business & Management
    - Computer Science & Information Technology
    - Education & Human Development
    - Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics
    - Health Sciences, Medicine & Nursing
    - International Studies
    - Law & Legal Studies
    - Physical & Biomedical Sciences
    - Professional Studies
    - Public Health & Health Administration
    - Public Policy & Administration
    - Social & Behavioral Sciences

• Notable alumni (selected):
    - Ralph A. Alpher, B.A. ’43, M.A. ’45, Ph.D. ’48—published the Big Bang theory

    - Julius Axelrod, Ph.D. ’55, Hon. LL.D. ’71—Nobel Laureate; Research Neuroscientist, National Institutes of Health

    - Sissela Bok, B.A. ’57, M.A. ’58, Hon. Dr. Humane Letters ’86—Senior Visiting Fellow, Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies

    - Tammy Duckworth, M.A. ’92—Representative for the 8th District of Illinois in the U.S. House of         Representatives; former Assistant Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

    - J. William Fulbright, LL.B. ’34, Hon. LL.D. ’59—former U.S. Senator; established the Fulbright Program for international study and exchange

    - J. Edgar Hoover, LL.B. ’16, LL.M. ’17, Hon. LL.D. ’35—founding Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

    - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, B.A. ’51—former First Lady

    - Colin L. Powell, M.B.A. ’71, Hon. D.P.S.—former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State

    - Syngman Rhee, B.A. ’07, Hon. LL.D. ’54—first President of South Korea

    - Carole Watson, Ph.D. ’78—former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

The George Washington
University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders. Nearly two centuries later, the main campus sits only six blocks from the White House and continues to expand both in scope and architecture. The recent merger with the Corcoran College of Arts and Design, part of the historic and renowned Corcoran Gallery of Art, is creating innovative avenues for cross-collaboration. The new Science and Engineering Hall, a 500,000-sq. ft., 14-story complex research hub, opened its doors in early 2015, expanding the possibilities for students to examine, explore, and pioneer the future.

It’s a big, complex world
That’s why we offer over 200 doctoral, master’s, and graduate certificate programs. Throughout our 10 schools and colleges and almost 100 research centers and institutes, we help students gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve their individual academic, personal, and professional goals.

All the world’s a classroom
GW’s holistic approach to developing and nurturing current and future leaders extends beyond the physical classroom. In addition to working with our distinguished faculty, students gain confidence in conducting research, developing policy, and effecting change through partnerships with organizations such as the World Bank, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, Organization of American States, and all branches of the U.S. federal government.

Big focus, small details
The George Washington University is the largest institution in the nation’s capital, yet it delivers individualized advising and mentoring to support personalized programs of study.

The University attracts more than 20,000 students from 128 countries, almost 15,000 of whom are pursuing graduate study. At GW students join a diverse community that enhances global knowledge and builds unparalleled networking opportunities.  

Turning possibilities into reality
GW provides a variety of educational funding options, ranging from teaching/research assistantships and fellowships to internships and loans.

Our commitment extends beyond the promise of a dynamic and challenging graduate program. GW’s Career Center and school-based career services provide workshops, one-on-one assistance, and employer connections to support job searches and career mobility. The Office of Alumni Relations supports and connects a lifelong network of more than 250,000 alumni throughout the world.

Begin the next phase of your life and career—where your world is shaped at our doorstep.



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266 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Adult & Geriatric Nursing              
Advertising/Public Relations              
Aerospace Engineering            
American Studies              
Area Studies                
Art History                
Art Therapy                
Art and Fine Arts                
Asian Studies                
BSN to MSN Programs                
Biomedical Engineering              
Biomedical Science                
Business Doctorate & PhD                
Business-Management, MS/MA            
Career Counseling                
Cell & Molecular Biology                
Child & Human Development              
Civil Engineering              
Clinical Care Nursing                
Clinical Lab Sciences                
Clinical Psychology                
Clinical Research              
Cognitive Psychology                
Cognitive Science                
Communication Studies                
Computer Science            
Computer Security              
Construction Management                
Counseling & Therapy            
Curriculum & Instruction              
Design - other                
Early Childhood Education                
Educational Administration          
Educational Leadership          
Educational Policy                
Educational Technology              
Electrical Engineering              
Emergency Management                
Engineering Management            
Environmental Engineering            
Environmental Policy              
European Studies                
Evening MBA Programs            
Evolutionary Biology              
Executive MBA Programs              
Film Studies                
Forensic Psychology                
Forensic Science              
General MBA              
Geographic Information Systems                
Health Sciences              
Healthcare Administration            
Higher Education              
Historic Preservation                
Hospitality Management              
Information Systems              
Intellectual Property Law                
Interior Design                
International Affairs                
International Business              
International Development                
International Education                
International Health              
International Studies                
International Trade                
JD / Law Programs              
Jewish Studies                
LLM's - Masters of Law                
Landscape Architecture              
Latin American Studies                
Legal Studies                
MBA - Accounting                
MBA - Finance                
MBA - Health Care                
MBA - Information Systems            
MBA - International Business            
MBA - Marketing            
MBA - Project Management            
MBA - Sports Management            
MBA - Technology            
MBA/JD Programs            
Mechanical Engineering            
Medical Doctor Programs                
Middle Eastern Studies                
Museum Studies            
National Security/Defense              
New Media Studies                
Non-Profit Administration                
Nurse Administration              
Nurse Education              
Occupational Therapy                
Organizational Psychology                
Organizational Studies & Leadership              
Paralegal Studies              
Physical Therapy                
Physician Assistant                
Political Science              
Premed/Prehealth Programs                
Project Management              
Psychology - General                
Public Admin              
Public Health            
Public Policy          
Reading & Literacy                
Rehabilitation Counseling                
School Counseling                
Science - Other              
Secondary Education                
Security Management                
Social Sciences              
Social/Personality Psychology                
Software Engineering              
Special Education          
Speech Pathology                
Sports Administration              
Systems Engineering            
Teacher Certification                
Teaching Art                
Teaching English                
Teaching Foreign Language                
Teaching Math                
Teaching Other Subjects                
Teaching Science                
Theater and Drama                
Transportation Eng/Mgmt                
Weekend MBA Programs            
Women's Studies              
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