The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Introduction
CCAS

Who We Are

At GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, research thrives, critical thinking is endemic, collaboration is constant, and real world training go hand-in-hand with learning. Because of the college’s enviable location in the heart of the nation’s capital, active engagement begins in the classroom and continues within the halls of government, the galleries of museums, the laboratories of NIH, NASA, and DOE, the embassies of international diplomats, and the backrooms of the Smithsonian and other venerable institutions.

The college is the intellectual and creative backbone of the university, a place where the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences come together to form a nexus of ideas and opportunity. As a leader among the nation’s liberal arts institutions because of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes perspectives, analyses, and communication, undergraduate students are equipped with the competencies needed to be effective and responsible citizens of the 21st Century. At the professional and doctoral level, graduate students partner with a faculty of scholars that include Fulbright recipients, award-winning choreographers, published researchers, and critically acclaimed authors to advance a spectrum of research on topics ranging from controlling greenhouse gas emissions to delving into autism’s causes, prevalence, and treatment.

The success of our efforts across the College’s 42 academic departments and 27 research centers is best reflected through the accomplishments of our alumni, including U.S. Senator and former Virginia Governor John Warner, international film actress Kerry Washington, and CEO and President of Tufts Medical Center Ellen Zane. Our people, our scope, and our location make Columbian College the “go to” place for learning and discovery in Washington, D.C., and the world beyond.

CCAS

Welcome to Columbian College Graduate Studies

Competitive. Connected. Comprehensive.

  • 3,300 graduate students
  • 55 Master's Degrees
  • 26 doctoral degrees
  • 18 Graduate Certificates

Graduate programs in GW's Columbian College of Arts and Science are a magnet for top scholars and a catalyst for learning and discovery in a wide spectrum of arts, humanities, and social and hard science fields. Our degrees and certificates integrate the highest caliber of education, from our world-renowned programs in subjects like History, Political Science and Public Policy, to our pioneering work in Art Therapy, Forensic Sciences and LGBT Health Policy and Practice.

An advanced degree from one of GW's 82 Arts & Sciences Programs is unlike any other graduate school experience. Not only are we steps from the most influential institutions in Washington, D.C., but our faculty and alumni networks include an extraordinary variety of internationally-recognized leaders. At the Columbian College, you will be given the tools to thrive both intellectually and professionally.

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Master of Fine Arts Interior Architecture and Design

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The only program in nation’s capital that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the MFA in Interior Architecture and Design gives students access to urban resources, the top architecture and interior design firms in DC, and a studio-oriented curriculum that creates innovative, design thinkers. [+]

The only program in nation’s capital that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the MFA in Interior Architecture and Design gives students access to urban resources, the top architecture and interior design firms in DC, and a studio-oriented curriculum that creates innovative, design thinkers. Through the studio-based core curriculum of 60 required credits, students learn about habitable environments ranging from small interiors to larger, more complex commercial and institutional spaces. With projects focused on current design issues as well as lectures and critiques from distinguished professionals, the IAD program is a carefully sequenced series of courses building on theoretical, technical, and creative challenges and experiences. Prerequisite: A bachelor’s degree in a field other than interior design, including a minimum of 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences courses. A portfolio consisting of examples of relevant work is to be submitted with the application to the program. Requirements Requirements: 60 credits including: IAD 6200 Studio I IAD 6205 Interior Materials IAD 6210 Sketching Architecture and Interiors IAD 6300 Studio 2 IAD 6305 Graphic Communications IAD 6310 Digital Drafting & Modeling IAD 6400 Studio 3 IAD 6405 History of Modern Architecture and Design IAD 6410 Sustainability/LEED: Arch&Des IAD 6500 Studio 4 IAD 6505 Lighting & Acoustics IAD 6510 Pre-Design for Studio 5 IAD 6600 Studio 5 [-]

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Public Administration degree is the recognized professional degree in public administration, public management, and public service. It is designed principally, but not exclusively, for those who are pursuing careers in public service. [+]

The Master of Public Administration degree is the recognized professional degree in public administration, public management, and public service. It is designed principally, but not exclusively, for those who are pursuing careers in public service. Graduates are employed in government agencies at all levels, national associations, public interest groups, research and consulting firms, and in the private sector. The MPA program provides an opportunity to study management and policy issues in an intergovernmental and intersectoral context. The program focuses on developing critical intellectual capacities, sound analytical skills, and a sensitivity to the ethical and value concerns that are central to the traditions of the field of public administration. The MPA program is available at the George Washington University's main campus in downtown Washington, DC. It is not available as a distance-learning program. Master of Public Administration Curriculum The MPA program consists of 40 credit hours. Students complete a common core and select specialized elective fields to tailor their coursework to their unique interests and career objectives. Master of Public Administration Fields of Study Each student selects a field of study consisting of at least three courses (9 credits). Many MPA students select one of the eight fields listed below. Others design their own individualized field with consultation and approval of a substantively appropriate faculty advisor; in addition, any of the MPP fields are possible in the MPA. The eight primary fields are: Budget and Public Finance Federal Policy, Politics and Management Homeland Security and Emergency Management International Development Management Managing... [-]

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree is the recognized professional degree in the field of public policy analysis. The MPP degree provides students with education and training that prepares them for opportunities in professional positions in a wide variety of organizations, including federal, state, and local governments, private business, research institutes, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, community advocacy groups, foundations, and professional and trade associations. [+]

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree is the recognized professional degree in the field of public policy analysis. The MPP degree provides students with education and training that prepares them for opportunities in professional positions in a wide variety of organizations, including federal, state, and local governments, private business, research institutes, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, community advocacy groups, foundations, and professional and trade associations. Public policy education at GW provides students with the ability to think clearly and analytically about social and economic problems and public policy. Students not only learn the basic analytical and methodological tools to engage in policy analysis; they also develop an understanding of the political processes through which policy is made and the social, economic and historical context in which problems arise and are addressed. Each student chooses a policy field that serves as an area in which he/she can apply these skills and gain substantive knowledge. However, the program is generalist rather than highly specialized; it provides students with the ability to quickly and successfully come to grips with policy problems across a wide range of issues. The MPP program is interdisciplinary; the course of studies focuses on problems, policy alternatives, and solutions rather than on methodologies and approaches that are associated with a single academic discipline. Students have the opportunity to combine academic training with a wide array of practical experiences available in our nation's capital. The faculty have extensive professional contacts to aid students in job placement. The MPP program is... [-]

MFA in Fine Arts

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The MFA program at GW comprises a two-year commitment for emerging artists who wish to expand the material and intellectual dimensions of their work. The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates an environment where cross-pollination among fields flourishes. [+]

The MFA program at GW comprises a two-year commitment for emerging artists who wish to expand the material and intellectual dimensions of their work. The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates an environment where cross-pollination among fields flourishes. Simultaneously, graduate students enter into vibrant communities of peers, faculty, and visiting artists: intensive studio visits and critiques facilitate re-imagining the boundaries of art practice. All students receive their own studio space in which to experiment and further develop their skills and body of work. Contemporary art seminars with art history faculty and contact with visiting scholars, curators, and critics from local arts institutions broaden students’ conceptual foundations and historical and imaginative horizons. At GW, the resources of both an internationally renowned urban research institution and an international arts hub are at students’ fingertips. All media facilities including digital labs, photography and video facilities, and sculpture shops are available for realizing projects. Special arrangements can often be made to access facilities and resources in other departments within the University. Degree Requirements Sixty credit hours of course work in Fine Arts, per the standard recommended for a terminal degree by the College Art Association. A thesis consisting of the execution of creative work along with a critical statement about this work must be completed under the supervision of a thesis committee consisting of two full-time departmental faculty members. Gallery 102 The approximately 600-square-foot Gallery 102 provides a venue for ambitious and experimental curatorial and creative projects. A committee of Fine Arts and Art... [-]

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Master of Science in Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Science in Economics program requires a combination of specific required course work and electives. [+]

The Master of Science in Economics program requires a combination of specific required course work and electives. MS Requirements Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics or with course work in economics that includes intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory (equivalent to Econ 2101, 2102 or 6217-18, and basic statistics, equivalent to Stat 1111-2112. An understanding of basic calculus, equivalent to Math 1231-1232. Applications are accepted for the fall semester only. Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; thirty hours of coursework including Econ 8301, 8305, 8375, and two courses chosen from 8302, 8306, and 8376; and and five 8000-level economics courses. Subject to the MS Program Director's approval, MS students can count one 6000 level course toward satisfying degree requirements and toward the minimum GPA for being in good standing in the MS program. Applying Please see the University's required application materials for the graduate program in Economics. Applications are accepted for fall semester admission only. Please see the Columbian College's list of requirements and deadlines for applying. Additionally, you may refer to the University's Graduate Admissions page for information regarding application deadlines and fees (note that while there is a school-wide deadline, the department will review late MS applications space-available basis). The deadline for applications is April 1. All applicants should have solid training in calculus and in intermediate microeconomic and macroeconomic theory. Please note that the Economics Department requires two and prefers three recommendation letters from Master's candidates. The... [-]

Master of Science in Geography

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Science in Geography Program has, on average, 20 to 25 students in residence each year. The program requires of a minimum of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 36 hours (non-thesis option). [+]

The Master of Science in Geography Program has, on average, 20 to 25 students in residence each year. The program requires of a minimum of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 36 hours (non-thesis option). Students taking the non-thesis option have to complete a comprehensive exam. With a faculty to graduate student ratio of 1:2 within geography, graduate students receive careful mentoring and advising. All graduate students are required to take Geography 6201 (Geographic Thought and Methods) and Geography 6304 (Geographical Information Systems I). Additional course work taken should be appropriate to the students' interests. Students are encouraged to submit research proposals at the end of their first year to be considered for funding from the Campbell Graduate Student Summer Research Awards. Learn more about our range of Graduate Courses. The MS program in Geography trains young professionals in areas of human and physical geography, while making sure that students have a working knowledge of various geospatial techniques. The graduate program has four core areas of focus that reflect the research interests of our faculty: Urban Environment Development and Sustainability Human Migration and Mobility Applied Geospatial Techniques In addition to these core interests, the geography faculty members also have regional expertise in North America, Latin America, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the Arctic. Careers in Geography Many of our master's students pursue rewarding careers in governmental and non-governmental institutions and in the private sector. Recent MS students are employed at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.... [-]

Master of Science in Human Paleobiology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) is a research center at the George Washington University. CASHP’s Mission is to undertake research that addresses fundamental problems in human evolution that cross disciplinary boundaries, to act as a catalyst for research involving scientists from other centers around the world, and to promote interdisciplinary research through training and education. [+]

Requirements The following requirements must be fulfilled: The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs. 36 credits 36 credits, including: HOMP 6202 Lab Techniques: Paleoanthro ANTH 6413 Analytical Methods in Human Evolutionary Studies Three of the following: HOMP 6201 Hominid Paleobiology ANTH 3411 Primatology ANTH 6491 Topics in Biological Anthropology ANTH 6801 Paleolithic Archaeology 6 credits of thesis: HOMP 6998 Thesis Research HOMP 6999 Thesis Research Two additional laboratory or field research courses in different disciplines Electives selected in consultation with the faculty from a list of relevant courses in Anatomy, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Geography, Geological Sciences, Human Paleobiology, Psychology, and Speech and Hearing Science, or relevant courses from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) is a research center at the George Washington University. CASHP’s Mission is to undertake research that addresses fundamental problems in human evolution that cross disciplinary boundaries, to act as a catalyst for research involving scientists from other centers around the world, and to promote interdisciplinary research through training and education. CASHP brings together faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Forensic Science, Speech and Hearing Science, Philosophy, and Anatomy and Regenerative Biology at the George Washington University. CASHP is also closely linked with the Human Origins Program of the Smithsonian Institution, the College of Medicine at Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Carnegie Institution... [-]

MS Biological Sciences

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

Each masters degree program includes course work and may include a thesis, and is designed by the student in consultation with a departmental adviser. Please note that Graduate Teaching Assistantships are not available to MS students. [+]

Each masters degree program includes course work and may include a thesis, and is designed by the student in consultation with a departmental adviser. Please note that Graduate Teaching Assistantships are not available to MS students. The masters degree with thesis requires Twenty-four credit hours Thesis (6 credits) based on original research Satisfactory completion of final comprehensive examination The non-thesis masters degree requires Thirty-six credit hours Satisfactory completion of final comprehensive examination Fifth Year Masters (BS/MS) The Biology department offers the potential for a fifth year Masters degree as part of a BS/MS program, which requires the student complete 6 graduate credits in addition to their undergraduate degree requirements. [-]

MS Chemistry

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The MS program offers thesis and non-thesis tracks to prepare individuals for distinctive career or professional paths. All students take core courses and comprehensive examinations in the fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. [+]

The MS program offers thesis and non-thesis tracks to prepare individuals for distinctive career or professional paths. All students take core courses and comprehensive examinations in the fields of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. MS Course work Course work must include a minimum of five graduate-level courses; at least four of the courses must be core courses; at least three must be offered by the Chemistry Department. At least two graduate-level courses must be taken outside the subdiscipline of the student and in at least two other subdisciplines. MS Comprehensive Examinations MS degree candidates must pass four comprehensive examinations in the fields of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. These examinations are offered (over a period of several days) in fall, spring, and summer; announcements are posted on the Departmental bulletin boards. When prepared (usually after completion of the appropriate graduate course), a student should indicate his or her intention to take any two or all four of the examinations within the specified time period. A student may be excused from an examination if he or she has performed well in a related course(s) completed within the past year. A student who fails one or more of the comprehensive examinations may repeat the exam(s) at the next scheduled examination period. If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity to take an examination is permitted. Thesis option Students who elect to take the thesis MS option are required to take 30 credit hours of approved courses, including Chem... [-]

MS Data Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

Data Science is an emerging field that aims to extract actionable insights from vast arrays of information. Drawing on techniques and theories from statistics, computer science and mathematics, the program focuses on the effective analysis and use of large data in the natural and social sciences. [+]

Data Science is an emerging field that aims to extract actionable insights from vast arrays of information. Drawing on techniques and theories from statistics, computer science and mathematics, the program focuses on the effective analysis and use of large data in the natural and social sciences. The explosion of data in today’s world is rapidly shaping the landscape of our life. This has led to an urgent need to process massive amounts of data and obtain meaningful information. Data scientists are trained to meet such challenges. Through a structured curriculum that provides foundational knowledge as well as application skills, our students learn how to confront the most complex problems facing government and private industry. The STEM-designated Data Science Program at GW is offered at both the Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science & Technology campuses. Admission Requirements Applicants should meet the following minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a solid academic record. College-Level Courses. Completion of the following courses: Multivariable Calculus (Math 2233 or equivalent) and Statistics (Stat 1051 or 1053 or higher) Computer Programming. There is no formal requirement for specific programming language. However, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their capability in mastering skills dealing with programing and software in their applications. Data Science Department Courses DATS 6101 Introduction to Data Science DATS 6102 Data Warehousing and Analytics DATS 6103 Introduction to Data Mining DATS 6201 Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization DATS 6202 Machine Learning I DATS 6203 Machine Learning II DATS 6401 Visualization of... [-]

MS in Environmental and Green Chemistry

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Science in Environmental and Green Chemistry trains the next generation of experts with an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters proficiency in evaluating the state of the environment and designing greener technologies. [+]

Growing public awareness about the state of the environment, chemical product safety and new chemical regulatory policies is driving demand for leaders who are able to understand the science underlying environmental challenges and develop innovative solutions. The Master of Science in Environmental and Green Chemistry trains the next generation of experts with an interdisciplinary curriculum that fosters proficiency in evaluating the state of the environment and designing greener technologies. This unique 30-credit hour program emphasizes both environmental chemistry and green chemistry, the design of new chemicals and chemical processes with minimal environmental impact. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., this program takes advantage of its proximity to governmental agencies and departments, as well as other D.C.-area institutes, private practices and NGOs. Learning Outcomes & Goals The program’s intended learning outcomes are for students to: attain a level of technical ability and knowledge in the fields of environmental/green chemistry and related social sciences to function as professionals in their discipline; gain experience in carrying out research using technical and problem-solving skills to contribute to their field in the form of a capstone project; gain communication and presentation skills that are consistent with professional standards; be well-positioned to obtain employment or continue education towards a doctoral degree in chemistry, sustainability or related fields. Admissions Admission to the program will be coordinated by the program director in conjunction with the director of graduate studies of the Chemistry Department. All candidates are required to submit GRE scores and have a bachelor's degree in... [-]

MS in Physics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

We offer programs leading to a MS and PhD degree in Physics. The department has research concentrations in Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics and Biophysics. The department emphasizes close interaction between faculty and students during all phases of their studies. Prospective students can submit an online application for admission to the program. [+]

We offer programs leading to a MS and PhD degree in Physics. The department has research concentrations in Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics and Biophysics. The department emphasizes close interaction between faculty and students during all phases of their studies. Prospective students can submit an online application for admission to the program. General Exam The General Examinations probe the student’s knowledge in core areas of physics and serve as a mile-stone that signals a student’s readiness for research. The examinations test problem-solving skills, basic physical intuition, and the ability to take advantage of synergies between different areas in integrated problems. Currently, the core areas are: Classical Mechanics Classical Electrodynamics Quantum Mechanics Statistical Mechanics Passing these examinations is required for the student to become a candidate for the PhD. More information on the Qualifying Examinations and the regulations covering it are available from the Director of the Graduate Program. Graduate Financial Assistance The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS, and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs. [-]

MS Mathematics

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics requires 30 credit hours of approved course work divided between mathematics and one of the following areas of application: physics, computer science, statistics, operations research, economics, engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, or systems) [+]

The department offers two Mathematics master's degrees: Master's of Arts in Mathematics and Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics. Full-time students typically complete the program in two years; part-time students typically take three years. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has an upper limit of four years to complete the degree requirements. If endorsed by the department, extensions may be granted upon petition to the Dean. Program Requirements 30 Credit hours of approved graduate work. No qualifying exams Credit Hours of Graduate Work The Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics requires 30 credit hours of approved course work divided between mathematics and one of the following areas of application: physics, computer science, statistics, operations research, economics, engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, or systems). At most 12 of the required credit hours can be outside mathematics. Students must petition and obtain the approval of the graduate committee in order to register for courses outside the department. Math 6995, Reading and Research (independent study), can be taken only by petition to, and with the approval of, the graduate committee. Subject to the approval of the graduate committee (requested via petition) and the agreement of the instructor, mathematics graduate students may take the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit: Math 3710, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3613, 3632, 4239, 4240, 3848 and 4981. Graduate students in such courses must be assigned appropriate additional work to bring the courses up to the graduate level. These courses may comprise up to 6 of the required credit hours.... [-]

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MA Applied Economics

Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

Applied economics is the use of economic theories, models and data to solve real-world issues. Students in the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program develop skills in macro- and microeconomics and learn to analyze and forecast economic trends in areas including (but not limited to) budgetary and fiscal policy, international trade, labor and urban economics. [+]

Applied economics is the use of economic theories, models and data to solve real-world issues. Students in the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program develop skills in macro- and microeconomics and learn to analyze and forecast economic trends in areas including (but not limited to) budgetary and fiscal policy, international trade, labor and urban economics. Graduates are prepared for positions as economic analysts in government, private consulting firms, financial institutions, international organizations and applied policy research institutions. Learning Goals The Applied Economics program has three main goals. You will learn how to: Identify an economic conundrum that you want to explain; Apply the theoretical tools of micro- or macroeconomics and the quantitative tools of data analysis and econometrics to find a solution to your economic conundrum; and Communicate your analysis in a clear and coherent manner that will teach your audience something that it didn’t know before you made your presentation. Curriculum The master’s program in Applied Economics requires completing 10 courses for 30 credits total, including six core courses and four electives with three credits each. Full-time students will take three courses a semester plus one summer course and will be able to finish the program in three semesters. The core courses are listed below: Mathematical methods for economics (ECON 6300) Applied microeconomic theory (ECON 6301) Applied macroeconomic theory (ECON 6305) Probability and statistics for economics (ECON 6374) Econometrics (ECON 6375) Time Series Analysis (ECON 6376) Admission Requirements We accept applications for both Fall and Spring admission. Applications... [-]

MA Chinese Language and Culture

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education. [+]

The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education. Being in the heart of the nation’s capital, our program allows students the opportunity to interact with many leading organizations, business headquarters, consulting firms, and government and media agencies based in DC. Students can enrich their learning experiences with additional activities: Visiting the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, State Department, World Bank, IMF, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, the Chinese Embassy, and many world famous places in DC. Working with government agencies or non-profit organizations to complete a capstone project or MA thesis on China-related topics Working as a volunteer or an intern to gain professional experience in CCTV-Washington Station, Asia Society, or Asia-related education programs at museums Attending talks, seminars, and conferences at the nearby universities and centers, including GW Sigur Center’s lectures and talks on China and Asia. Building a professional network to support career opportunities. Degree Requirements Students have the option to concentrate on linguistics, literature, culture, or language education and build essential knowledge and skills in the chosen area. For example, with a literature concentration, students will gain knowledge of historical development of the various genres of classical and modern Chinese literature, as well as sensitivity to the aesthetic characteristics of Chinese literature in all its variety. While with... [-]

MA History

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

Students pursuing an M.A. at the History Department work closely with GW's internationally recognized faculty in a broad range of specialties, including modern America, early modern Europe, and imperial and colonial studies. [+]

Students pursuing an M.A. at the History Department work closely with GW's internationally recognized faculty in a broad range of specialties, including modern America, early modern Europe, and imperial and colonial studies. The M.A. program not only prepares students for PhD work, but also for a broad range of careers, from teaching high school students to government work to historical research in the private sector. Washington, D.C. has some of the best resources for historical research in the world, including the National Archives, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Library of Congress. Our M.A. graduates have gone on to have successful and prolific careers. Which courses should I enroll in during my first years in the program? If it is your first semester at GW, you should enroll in HIST 6005. You must take two research seminars. If you are a full-time student you should plan to take one in your first year and one in your second year. A research seminar is history graduate course for which you write a research paper. If it is not clear from the course title, ask the instructor whether it is a research seminar. Students choosing to write an M.A. thesis may count this as their second research seminar. Students concentrating in Imperial and Colonial Studies should take the required HIST 6128 and 6050 the first semester they are offered, since they are taught only in alternate years. Discuss the courses you plan to take each semester with your advisor. Give priority to... [-]

MA in American Studies

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

Candidates for admission to the MA program in American Studies should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. [+]

The American Studies Department offers several approaches to the MA. Concentration options: General Studies (30 credits) Museums & Material Culture (30 credits) (NOTE: MA students in the above concentrations who matriculated between fall 2007 and fall 2009 are required to complete 36 credits of graduate coursework.) All MA students must also successfully complete the research requirements and specific course requirements associated with their particular concentrations. Candidates for admission to the MA program in American Studies should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. Applicants lacking some of this background can be admitted to the program with the understanding that they will take the appropriate courses as prerequisites during the first academic year in which they are enrolled; such prerequisite courses, however, do not count toward degree requirements. All coursework and other requirements for the MA degree must be completed within four full years after matriculation in one of the department’s MA programs. MA Requirements During their first year in the program, all MA students are required to take AMST 6100 (Scope and Methods in American Studies; 3 credits). Additional course requirements vary by concentration. Museums & Material Culture: AMST 6710 (American Material Culture; 3 credits). Folklife: AMST 6561 (American Folklife; 3 credits) and AMST 6562 (Folklore Theory; 3 credits). (NOTE: Starting in the Fall 2012, the Department of American Studies will no longer be accepting applications for the Folklife concentration.) To... [-]

MA in Art History

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Arts degree in Art History offers students a curriculum that covers a range of historical, theoretical, geographic, and transcultural topics. For some students, the Master of Arts degree is a terminal degree in preparation for curatorial or education careers in galleries and museums; for others, it is preparation to enter a Ph.D. program elsewhere. [+]

The Master of Arts degree in Art History offers students a curriculum that covers a range of historical, theoretical, geographic, and transcultural topics. For some students, the Master of Arts degree is a terminal degree in preparation for curatorial or education careers in galleries and museums; for others, it is preparation to enter a Ph.D. program elsewhere. All students receive training that hones their critical analysis, research, and writing skills. They additionally have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of diverse creative practices and visual material. Students have the option to concentrate in museum training, and can take advantage of the many opportunities to experience and study works of art first-hand at the various museums and galleries in the Washington, D.C. area. Students also have the chance to meet and interact with a number of leading art professionals in seminars taught by local curators and the department’s robust visiting artist and scholars lecture series. We encourage students to pursue cross-disciplinary studies and to take advantage of programming and events in departments throughout The George Washington University. Coursework and Research is enhanced by access to the many resources available across campus including The George Washington University Museum; The Textile Museum, one of the nation’s leading collections of textile arts spanning five millennia and five continents; Luther W. Brady Art Gallery; the collections and archives of the Corcoran Galleries; and the numerous museums, libraries, and archives of the area such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and... [-]

MA in Communication Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Communication Program in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication now offers a Master of Arts in Communication Management. [+]

The Communication Program in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication now offers a Master of Arts in Communication Management. GW's MA in Communication Management explores systematic planning, implementing, monitoring and revising of communication messages and processes (including technology and networks) within and across organizations. The program is designed to meet the needs of a diverse pool of students with varying career aspirations in this growing field, and is the only degree of its kind in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Students develop their problem-solving, strategic decision-making and written and oral advocacy skills throughout the course of the interdisciplinary program. Graduates are well-equipped to excel at communication management objectives, such as: more effective leadership; better flow of essential communications; higher employee satisfaction; stronger brand recognition and increased profits. The MA program also prepares students planning to continue to doctoral programs in communication and related disciplines, such as international affairs, organizational sciences and public health. Current GW undergraduate students may be eligible for a 10% tuition discount and have the requirement for providing GRE scores waived. GW’s location in the heart of D.C. provides students with unique access to a wealth of government and media agencies, consulting firms and other notable organizations that enhance the graduate studies experience. Admission Requirements Students applying for degree candidacy must meet the entrance requirements of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. A bachelor's degree with a B average (or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university is normally required. Preference in admission is... [-]

MA in Criminology

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

An MA Degree in Criminology is offered in a joint program by the Sociology Department and the Forensic Sciences Department at GWU. The program is unique in combining training in traditional criminology, criminal justice, and forensic sciences. [+]

An MA Degree in Criminology is offered in a joint program by the Sociology Department and the Forensic Sciences Department at GWU. The program is unique in combining training in traditional criminology, criminal justice, and forensic sciences. The MA in Criminology is an academic program, weighted toward traditional criminology (with some forensic science training as well), and is not intended to train practitioners who wish to work in criminal justice or security agencies. Students interested in pursuing an MA in forensic sciences fields (e.g., traditional forensics, security management, crime in commerce, computer fraud) should consult the Forensic Sciences website. General Requirements All students must satisfactorily complete the following courses: Research Methods SOC 6230 Methods SOC 6231 Data Analysis SOC 6232 Qualitative Methodology OR SOC 6240 Field Research in Organizational Settings Theory SOC 6238 Development of Sociological Theory OR SOC 6239 Contemporary Sociological Theory Criminology SOC 6258 Deviance & Control SOC 6259 Criminology Criminal Law SOC 6257 Criminal Law for Forensic Scientists Note: this is a new course number beginning Fall 2015, same as FORS 6224 (formerly FORS 6221) Electives Five courses chosen from the following list. A minimum of two electives must be taken from Forensic Sciences. A minimum of one elective must be taken from Sociology (from the list below). Any Forensic Sciences graduate course(s) SOC 6260 Special Topics in Crime/Criminal Justice SOC 6262 Corrections SOC 6263 Race & Crime SOC 6264 Organized Crime SOC 6266 Gender & Criminal Justice SOC 6273 The Sex Industry Comprehensive Examination or Thesis:... [-]

MA in English

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

Our Masters Degree program invites applicants who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Anglophone literature while sharpening their skills in close reading and incisive writing. [+]

Our Masters Degree program invites applicants who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Anglophone literature while sharpening their skills in close reading and incisive writing. In addition to a globally-informed knowledge of literary and cultural history, admitted students will acquire transferable skills in critical thinking, self-expression, cultural literacy, and cultural history. Over the course of our two-year program of study, students will work closely with English department faculty, develop relationships across the department’s graduate student community, and have the opportunity to engage in a long-form research and writing project, all while being immersed in the culturally rich capital of American political life. Opportunities M.A. Students may choose one or two tracks toward their degree, depending on their interests and professional goals. Both tracks allow students to follow engaging seminars on a wide array of topics, and both allow students to take a limited number of courses outside of the department and in the Washington-area university Consortium to which GW belongs. The first track culminates in the completion of a Masters portfolio during the final year of study, an appropriate endpoint for students with career aspirations in education, journalism, media, law, and non-profit work, to name just a few of the fields where our recent graduates have found fulfilling careers. By contrast, the second track culminates in the research and writing of a Masters thesis in the final year and is designed to appeal to students who are interested in preparing themselves for future research in a rigorous PhD or... [-]

MA in Exhibition Design

Campus Full time Part time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The MA in Exhibition Design Program is a two-year, 48-credit program, which can be completed in four semesters of full-time traditional study. Part-time study is also available for those balancing coursework with careers and other demands. [+]

Create meaningful experiences and engaging spaces Led by program head Clare Brown, the Masters of Arts in Exhibition Design is one of the few accredited graduate programs in the nation devoted to interpretive exhibition design. The curriculum is focused on design-thinking and experiential design, which students learn through a balanced integration of academic, technical and real-world design opportunities. Throughout the program students are challenged to consider human factors in the creation of meaningful experiences and engaging spaces. Students obtain the professional and technical skills needed to create narrative environments and museum exhibitions, through user-centered design. Real-world design opportunities are integral to learning in the MA Exhibition Design program. Students practice design-thinking, iterative and collaborative design through project-based coursework. Portfolio-building opportunities are also found in the client-based projects completed by DesignCorps, an extra-curricular design group that is mandatory for Exhibition Design students. As a design program situated within the context of a major research institution there are many opportunities to capitalize on design-based collaborations with science, technology, engineering, the arts and the humanities. Curriculum The MA in Exhibition Design Program is a two-year, 48-credit program, which can be completed in four semesters of full-time traditional study. Part-time study is also available for those balancing coursework with careers and other demands. The curriculum focuses on four main areas of study: museum theory, design theory, technical skills and practical experience. A fifth area of focus that is included throughout the program is a consideration of the future of exhibition design as an experiential... [-]

MA in Legal Institutions and Theories

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Department of Political Science's master’s degree program in Legal Institutions and Theories is specifically tailored toward students interested in law, political science, or legal academia. [+]

The Department of Political Science's master’s degree program in Legal Institutions and Theories is specifically tailored toward students interested in law, political science, or legal academia. Built upon the strength of GW’s course offerings across the university, the Legal Institutions and Theories program allows students to examine the philosophical foundation of the law, the processes of judicial decision-making, the influence of public opinion on judicial decisions, the impact of the law on society, the institutional structures of the U.S. court system, and the diversity of legal institutions across the world. The majority of the coursework would be offered through the Department of Political Science. MA Requirements for Admission GRE scores are not required, but are highly preferred. Hours Required 30 credit hours (10 courses) Required Interpretation Courses (must take both of these courses) PSC 6113 The Constitution: History and Ideas PSC 6114 Theories of Judicial Review Required Institution Courses (must take ONE of these courses; you may take the remaining three as Elective Courses; 3 credit hours) PSC 8213 Judicial Politics PSC 8215 Law, Politics, and Society PSC 8388 Constitution and Democracy PSC 6987 Legal Internship [-]

MA in New Media Photojournalism

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the first of its kind, created to help visual journalists study and address the changing world of photojournalism. [+]

Lead the next generation of photojournalists with innovative storytelling The New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the first of its kind, created to help visual journalists study and address the changing world of photojournalism. Emphasizing strong storytelling skills and fluency in multimedia platforms, the Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism program incorporates writing, photography, audio, video and web design to prepare students to work as freelancers, visual reporters, editors and producers. The program emphasizes the individual as a visual reporter and encourages experimentation with new ways of storytelling, documentation and editing. The program also encourages its students to explore the latest digital practices taught in conjunction with the enduring fundamentals of visual reporting, editing and ethics. Through intensive faculty mentoring in conjunction with a broad and flexible program of study and internship opportunities, students choose and develop their professional paths. In addition to The Washington Post, National Public Radio, National Geographic and Discovery Communications, countless newspapers, magazines, trade journals and major media outlets are located within a five-mile radius of the Corcoran's downtown campus. Graduates of the Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism program are prepared to take on and excel in careers in a wide range of visual media—including photography, picture and video editing, documentary production and multimedia management—and are prepared to lead a new generation of photojournalists as the field continues to change with technology. Department Life At the heart of the New Media Photojournalism program is a... [-]

MA in Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Sociology program provides a solid grounding in the following three areas of specialization: [+]

The Master of Arts in Sociology program provides a solid grounding in the following three areas of specialization: Criminology Social Inequality Urban Sociology Sample Courses SOC 6248 Race and Urban Redevelopment SOC 6268 Race, Gender, and Class SOC 6265 Women, Welfare, and Policy SOC 6286 The Law of Race and Slavery General Requirements All students must satisfactorily complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work plus a thesis (SOC 6998 and SOC 6999). The following courses are required for the degree: Methods Three courses: SOC 6230 Research Methods SOC 6231 Data Analysis SOC 6232 Qualitative Methodology OR SOC 6240 Field Research in Organization Settings Theory Two courses: SOC 6238 Development of Sociological Theory SOC 6239 Contemporary Sociological Theory Substantive Courses Two courses in a major field and one course in a minor field must be completed. Currently available fields of specialization are criminology, social inequality, and urban sociology. Criminology: SOC 6258, 6259, 6260, 6261, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6266, 6273 Social Inequality: SOC 6245, 6246, 6265, 6271, 6272, 6273, 6286 Urban Sociology: SOC 6248, 6250 With the consent of an advisor, one graduate course in a related department or program can be used for either one of the major courses or for the minor course requirement. The Master's Thesis The thesis is expected to be a research paper of publishable quality. The thesis committee will consist of two members, at least one selected from the sociology faculty. Time to Complete Degree Normally it takes two years for full-time students... [-]

MA Mathematics

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The department offers two Mathematics master's degrees: Master's of Arts in Mathematics and Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics. Full-time students typically complete the program in two years; part-time students typically take three years. [+]

The department offers two Mathematics master's degrees: Master's of Arts in Mathematics and Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics. Full-time students typically complete the program in two years; part-time students typically take three years. The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has an upper limit of four years to complete the degree requirements. If endorsed by the department, extensions may be granted upon petition to the Dean. Program Requirements 30 Credit hours of approved graduate work. No qualifying exams Credit Hours of Graduate Work The Master's of Arts in Mathematics requires 30 credit hours of approved course work in mathematics. Math 6995, Reading and Research (independent study), can be taken only by petition to, and with the approval of, the graduate committee. Subject to the approval of the graduate committee (requested via petition) and the agreement of the instructor, mathematics graduate students may take the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit: Math 3710, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3613, 3632, 4239, 4240, 3848 and 4981. Graduate students in such courses must be assigned appropriate additional work to bring the courses up to the graduate level. These courses may comprise up to 6 of the required credit hours. Up to one-quarter of the work toward a Master's degree may be via courses offered by other institutions in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Students wishing to take such courses must petition and obtain the approval of the graduate committee. [-]

MA Museum Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career. [+]

The Museum Studies Program at GW combines traditional academic training in academic subjects together with museum practices and practical museum experience–a combination that is necessary to begin a successful museum career. Location Its location in Washington, DC, the museum capital of the world, allows students to gain practical working experience through the program's affiliation with more than 60 museums and cultural organizations. Quality The program's reputation for excellence is based on exceptional faculty, a demanding academic curriculum and a strong internship program. More than 800 alumni work in museums, historic sites and houses, federal agencies and related nonprofit organizations all over the world. Professional The faculty is drawn from a pool of practicing museum professionals working in the Washington, D.C. area. Each member of the faculty brings many years of experience in all aspects of museum operations. They teach what they practice, often on location in the very museum where they work. Possibility The Museum Studies Program offers a friendly environment where students are supported, encouraged and given individualized attention. Join the program and prepare for a rewarding museum career! Admission Requirements Students who apply for master’s degree candidacy in the Museum Studies Program must meet all general requirements for admission to Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and must hold a bachelor's degree with a major, or its equivalent, in an academic subject relating to museum collections. Some common majors are anthropology, American studies, history and biology, but other majors are also accepted. Academics The Museum Studies Graduate Program... [-]

Master of Arts in Anthropology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Washington DC

The master's program provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the four fields of the discipline: biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. [+]

The master's program provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the four fields of the discipline: biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. Students may choose concentrations in the following: International Development Medical Anthropology Museum Training Summary of Requirements The standard program consists of 36 hours of course credits, including 3-6 hours of thesis credits, although a thesis is not required for some program concentrations. Students must take at least three of four proseminars (Anth 6101-6104), but those with significant background in a field, as determined by evaluation of a student petition to the proseminar instructor, may waive one proseminar. Students who do waive a proseminar must, however, take one proseminar from Group A (6101 and 6103) and one from Group B (6102 and 6104), and must receive grades of B or better in order to continue in the program. All students must also take a methods course. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. All students must demonstrate competency in an approved foreign language. Students must write a culminating project that can be a thesis or a journal paper. For details, consult the graduate student manual on mapping out a program. Financial Aid from the Department The Columbian College preferentially provides teaching assistant packages to Ph.D. students rather than M.A. students. Few GTAships are available for master’s candidates. The Anthropology Department provides other support for M.A. students: The Shirley H. and Robert L. Richards Endowment Scholarships are sometimes available for anthropology students who would otherwise qualify for teaching assistantships. Two... [-]

Master of Arts in Art Therapy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master’s of Art Therapy is 61 credits with 900 internship hours (400 direct client contact) required for graduation, which provides maximum educational credit received toward credentialing as a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with the Art Therapy Credentialing Board (BC) and the coursework required for art therapy and counseling state licensure [+]

The Master’s of Art Therapy is 61 credits with 900 internship hours (400 direct client contact) required for graduation, which provides maximum educational credit received toward credentialing as a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with the Art Therapy Credentialing Board (BC) and the coursework required for art therapy and counseling state licensure. All of our classes are on-campus, we do not offer online classes for the Master's of Art Therapy. Master's of Art Therapy with Thesis Option This 63-credit thesis option is available by approval from the program for students to pursue original research and produce a Master's Thesis. The Thesis Option is applied for after the 1st semester. MA in Art Therapy Practice The MA in Art Therapy Practice allows applicants with a Master’s or Doctoral degree in a related field to apply for admission. The Program requires 30 credits of coursework and 700 internship hours (350 direct client contact). Advising will allow for substitutions on some coursework should a student already have equivalent coursework. Additional coursework may be required in order to cover all content areas required of the Post Master’s Program. (All prerequisites for the Master's application will apply to all Post Master's applicants.) Bachelor of Arts/Masters of Arts in Art Therapy Program (BA/MA) The combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program in art therapy is designed to provide a broad liberal arts background in the fine arts and psychology as preparation for graduate work in art therapy. It enables the student to study art therapy’s two most important... [-]

Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups. If you are interested in environmental policy, here are five reasons why you should take a closer look at GW's ENRP Program. [+]

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups. If you are interested in environmental policy, here are five reasons why you should take a closer look at GW's ENRP Program. About the Program ENRP is based in Washington, D.C., near Executive Agencies, Congress & the Supreme Court, the World Bank, numerous think tanks, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum and non-profit service organizations focused on a wide array of issues and clients. Attend lectures, policy events, Congressional hearings or Supreme Court cases on a host of environmental topics. Explore alternative environmental careers through internships and build a professional network to support your career growth. ENRP is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes environmental economics, environmental law, public policy, research methods and a two-semester environmental science course. Faculty scholars with deep expertise will help you understand complex environmental policy issues and identify connections between specific issues and the relevant natural sciences. Learn to build policy on science-based evidence, an appreciation of economic incentives and a clear-eyed understanding of environmental law and politics. Capstone ENRP blends theory and practical experience with a professional, client-oriented capstone project, academic credit for relevant internships and research and a wide range of DC-based internship opportunities. Practice applying classroom concepts to real-world environmental policy issues and gain professional experience working in a group on... [-]

Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication blends analytical and applied skills, giving students a grounding in the function and influence of the media. The most comprehensive strategic communication program in downtown Washington, D.C., the M.A. prepares students to achieve advocacy goals in today's fast-paced media environment. [+]

The Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication blends analytical and applied skills, giving students a grounding in the function and influence of the media. The most comprehensive strategic communication program in downtown Washington, D.C., the M.A. prepares students to achieve advocacy goals in today's fast-paced media environment. Designed for students and professionals interested in media and strategic political communication, the M.A. program teaches students to: Design and implement campaigns Develop messaging to target audiences, support campaigns, and encourage action Perform analytics and data analysis Apply insights from media effects, public opinion, and persuasion in their work A Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication is designed to provide solid training for a variety of careers across media and politics, including: public and non-profit management government media relations advocacy and cause communications public relations and communications consulting media research public opinion and policy analysis academia Curriculum The SMPA M.A. requires 36 total credits for graduation. The curriculum builds on five core courses that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the interaction among media, communication and political processes, as well as research and media production skills. Beyond the core courses, students work closely with faculty advisors to develop expertise on specific issues in the field of media and politics. After completion of core theory classes, curriculum is tailored to individual interests. Students take electives offered by both SMPA and GW's many other renowned departments and schools, including such top-ranked programs as American Studies, International Business, International Affairs, Political... [-]

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