Application Tips: Master in International Policy and Practice (MIPP)

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The Elliott School’s Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) is an advanced professional degree for mid-career practitioners. Combining rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills, the program prepares students for leadership roles in international public policy. The M.I.P.P. program is anchored by foundation courses in international policy and economics and features flexible self-designed specializations that draw on the resources of a world-class university. Students develop analytical and leadership skills to formulate and implement international public policy, along with the ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively in cross-cultural settings.

Master of International Policy and Practice Curriculum

The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum combines three foundation courses with a wide variety of course options that are selected to suit the student’s professional goals and intellectual interests. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate student work schedules, making it ideal for working professionals.

The 27 credit program includes 9 credits in core courses and 18 credits of electives which should constitute a coherent specialization, addressing one or two overarching functional or regional areas of study.

Regional specializations
Asia
Latin America
Middle East
Russia and Eurasia
Western, Central, and Eastern Europe

Thematic specializations
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Cyber Security
Environmental and Energy Policy
Global Communication
Global Gender Policy
Global Health
Intelligence Studies
International Affairs and Development
International Economic Affairs
International Education
International Law and Organizations
Security Policy
Technology Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Foreign Policy

Master of International Policy and Practice Application: Fall 2019

MIPP applicants must submit a second essay of approximately 500 words, in addition to the Statement of Purpose. MIPP applicants should include this essay in the same word/PDF document as their Statement of Purpose, separating both documents by the title- Statement of Purpose and MIPP essay. The essay should address one of the two following topics:

Identify a specific leadership challenge that you personally would like to tackle within the next five years. How will your education in the MIPP program help you succeed in this task?
– OR –
Assess the impact of globalization on your organization, indicating both the challenges and opportunities that globalization produces.

The Masters in International Affairs program has two admission prerequisites: work experience and economics courses.

Work Experience:
Applicants must possess eight or more years of full-time professional experience or already possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D.) to qualify for the MIPP program.

Economics prerequisite:
Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite for admission to the Master of Arts in International Policy and Practice program. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics and
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
    -OR-
  • Principles of Economics

In some cases, a student who has not fulfilled the economics requirement may be admitted to the MIPP program on a conditional basis, in which case the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant.Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

  • MIPP applicants should include their second essay in the same word/PDF document as their Statement of Purpose, separating both documents by the title- Statement of Purpose and MIPP essay.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • Name of the applicant,
  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu

Application Tips: M.A. International Science and Technology Policy

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Scientific and technological advances lay the platform for international competitiveness, driving the bulk of national growth and improvements in the quality of life around the world. In today’s global environment, innovation is essential for solving societal problems and staying ahead of the competition. Developments in information technology, space exploration, and genetic modification, as well as advances in material science, are governed and shaped by institutions that set science and technology policy. The M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy program equips its students to work at the forefront of policy affecting the science and technology arena.

M.A. International Science and Technology Policy Curriculum

After enrolling, students are required to choose a concentration field. The concentrations are as follows:

Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
National Security
Nuclear Policy
Space Policy
Technology Innovation and Management

M.A. International Science and Technology Policy Application: Fall 2019

Applicants to the Masters in International Science and Technology Policy program are encouraged to have strong analytical skills and a demonstrated interest in policy issues with significant science or technology dimensions.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • Name of the applicant,
  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu

Application Tips: M.A. Middle East Studies

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The Elliott School’s M.A. in Middle East Studies program has become one of the most exciting and fascinating places to study an exciting and fascinating region. Our reputation as a center for serious scholarship and critical policy research has garnered national and international recognition. We have been named a National Resource Center and designated recipient of the federally-funded FLAS language fellowship program, received a major endowment gift to help fund student research and important policy and academic programming, and become the hub of the country’s leading organization for political scientists specializing in the region (the Project on Middle East Political Science).

M.A. Middle East Studies Curriculum

Our program is highly interdisciplinary with courses in anthropology, history, politics, religion, geography, as well as Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian to ensure that our students develop a well-rounded understanding of the region and can function in a multilingual globalized work environment. In consultation with the program director, each student will develop a program of study that includes a professional specialization based on the student’s specific academic and career interests.

After enrolling, students are required to choose a specialization. Students may elect to add on a second specialization or choose to take elective credits instead of adding on a second specialization. The specializations are as follows:

Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Global Health
International Affairs and Development
International Business
International Economic Affairs
International Law and Organizations
International Security Studies
Management
Technology Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Foreign Policy

M.A. Middle East Studies Application: Fall 2019

Academic coursework in an approved Middle Eastern language, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, must be shown at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:

  • Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
  • Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps, JET, etc.) .
  • Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.

Approved languages for the M.A. in Middle East Studies are: Modern Standard Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Kurdish, and Turkish.

Meeting the Language Requirement: In the case that you cannot show language proficiency via coursework, applicants may indicate native proficiency or by having a professor or tutor indicate in writing how many semesters of coursework your training is equivalent to. Alternately, you may also consider submitting a letter from your employer, providing information and confirming completion of formal language training programs that you’ve participated in. Please note that in some cases, admissions may require additional supporting documentation not listed above.

*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language at the time of application and before enrolling, to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • Name of the applicant,
  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu

Application Tips: M.A. Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

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Latin America is a paradox. This vibrant region is home to significant advances in human rights, a substantial expansion of female and indigenous political representation, imaginative urban designs and creative solutions to ecological challenges. It is also marked by high levels of poverty and inequality, corruption, fragile institutions, and violence, gangs, and drug and organized-crime cartels. “We have not had a moment’s rest,” is how Gabriel García Márquez summed up  – Latin America and the Caribbean, a region that embraces more than 20 sovereign states and several territories and dependencies. The aim of the Masters in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies is to enable students to develop a deep and broad understanding of the region and its trials and contributions. Simultaneously, the program prepares them for careers in government, multinational and nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, or post-graduate academic work. Grounded by the expertise of GW’s faculty and selected practitioners in the field, the program combines rigorous academics with a professional orientation.

M.A. Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Curriculum

LAHSP’s interdisciplinary program offers a flexible curriculum that comprises core courses and two specialized fields selected in consultation with the Program Director according to each student’s interests. After enrolling, students may choose any two specialization fields below:

Anthropology
Art History, Literature, and Culture
Economic Development
Geography
Global Public Health
History
International Business
Migration
Political Science
Security

M.A. Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Application: Fall 2019

Academic coursework in Spanish, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, must be shown at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:

  • Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
  • Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps, JET, etc.) .
  • Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.

Other foreign languages spoken in Latin America will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Meeting the Language Requirement: In the case that you cannot show language proficiency via coursework, applicants may indicate native proficiency or by having a professor or tutor indicate in writing how many semesters of coursework your training is equivalent to. Alternately, you may also consider submitting a letter from your employer, providing information and confirming completion of formal language training programs that you’ve participated in. Please note that in some cases, admissions may require additional supporting documentation not listed above.

*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language at the time of application and before enrolling, to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • Name of the applicant,
  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu

Application Tips: M.A. Global Communication

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The Master of Arts in Global Communication is offered jointly by GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA). It combines the Elliott School’s globally recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA’s strengths as a leading school of communication and journalism. This graduate program helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively with global audiences.

M.A. Global Communication Curriculum

Students in this program will take a rigorous academic program that prepares them both intellectually and professionally for exciting careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As a student in the Global Communication program, you will learn about the fascinating and rapidly evolving global information environment. As a future or advancing professionally in the field, you will learn how to work in this environment and communicate effectively with audiences worldwide.

Students who are enrolled in the Global Communications program can choose from one of the following specializations:

Communication and Information Technology in International Affairs
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Global Gender Policy
International Development
International Economic Affairs
International Law and Organizations
Public Diplomacy
U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. National Security Policy and Practice

Additionally, Global Communication students can elect to add a second regional specialization from one of the following:

Asian Studies
European and Eurasian Studies
Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
Middle East Studies

M.A. Global Communication Application: Fall 2019

The Masters in Global Communication program has two admission prerequisites: economics courses and foreign language proficiency.

Economics prerequisite:
Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in International Affairs curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics and
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
    -OR-
  • Principles of Economics

An applicant may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement; in this case, the applicant will be required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

Foreign language prerequisite:
Academic coursework in a foreign language, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, must be shown at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:

  • Study that is equal to four semesters of university-level coursework or equivalent.
  • Completion of formal language training as part of employment (ex. Peace Corps, JET, etc.) .
  • Growing up in a household where the language is spoken.

Meeting the Language Requirement: In the case that you cannot show language proficiency via coursework, applicants may indicate native proficiency or by having a professor or tutor indicate in writing how many semesters of coursework your training is equivalent to. Alternately, you may also consider submitting a letter from your employer, providing information and confirming completion of formal language training programs that you’ve participated in. Please note that in some cases, admissions may require additional supporting documentation not listed above.

*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language at the time of application and before enrolling, to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu

Checking Your Application Status

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You’ve submitted your application to the Elliott School of International Affairs…congrats!

All applicants who submit their application in full by the January 7th deadline will be considered for admission and fellowships, and applications who submit their application in full by February 1st will be considered for admission only.

Regardless of when you submitted your application, all applicants will receive an admission decision in mid-March. Want to check your application status? Simply log into your application portal!

If you applied to multiple programs/schools at GW, your login page will look like this:

SAMPLE: Portal

If you applied to only one program, your application portal will look something like this:

Checklist

Each application portal has the name of the program you applied to will be on the top left corner and the checklist can be seen on the right hand of the screen. The Checklist lets you know what’s still missing from your application. Here are some things you may see in your checklist (the checklist is different for everybody!):

  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Recommendations: Each application requires 2 letters of recommendation.Applicants should plan to submit either: one (1) academic reference and one (1) professional reference or two (2) academic references. Letters should come from faculty, supervisors, and others who know you well in an academic or professional setting. At least one letter should come from a faculty member who taught you in a class and can speak to your potential for rigorous graduate study. Recommenders must use their professional email address, i.e. “@gwu.edu” and not a personal account, i.e. “@yahoo.com”, “@gmail.com”. More information can be found on our website under the “Letters of Recommendation” tab.
  • Transcripts: From your undergraduate institution, community college transcripts, and other documents from programs from which you received academic credit. You may upload unofficial transcripts in the application. More information can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.
  • Foreign Language Coursework: If your program requires a foreign language, but you did not provide evidence of your coursework in your application, you will receive an email and the requirement will appear in your checklist.
  • English Language Test Scores: International applicants and Permanent Residents who have not received a degree from a US institution or have not met one of the English Language exemptions is required to submit academic IELTS, TOEFL or PTE scores. More information on English Language Test Score requirements and exemptions can be found on our website.
  • MIPP Essay: Applicants to the Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) program must submit a second essay, the prompts for which are available on our website under the “Statement of Purpose” tab. MIPP applicants should include this essay in the same word/PDF document as their Statement of Purpose, separating both documents by the title- Statement of Purpose and MIPP essay.
  • 4 Year US BA Equivalence: Applicants who have earned their degrees outside of the US must hold a degree equivalent a U.S., 4-year Bachelor’s degree. Most 3-year degrees outside of the Bologna process do not meet this requirement. Please note, if a US 4-year Bachelor degree equivalency is not demonstrated, students will be required to provide a credential evaluation from a NACES approved organization, that certifies the coursework as meeting our requirement. More on this requirement can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.
  • GRE Scores: If you chose to submit GRE scores, and they were received by our office, it would be in your checklist. Official scores can be sent to code 5246. Please note that none of our programs require GRE scores.

If you have questions about items in your checklist that you believe are there in error, believe the status of one of the items is incorrect or would like to submit a missing document, please let us know at esiagrad@gwu.edu. Documents should be submitted in PDF format in the correct orientation.

Application Tips: M.A. International Economic Policy

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The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Economic Policy (MIEP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation for understanding new challenges in the global economic system. The program provides analytical rigor and tailored professional specializations to help students pursue challenging careers in the private sector, public sector, and non-profit organizations.

M.A. International Economic Policy Curriculum

MIEP students obtain an essential understanding of International trade, international finance, and development economics. Students also acquire hard skills in accounting, corporate finance, and quantitative analysis. Students pursue an individualized professional specialization to prepare them for careers focused on international economics and business. The program culminates in a two-semester capstone sequence in which students work in small teams on a contemporary policy or business issue. Students take graduate courses across GW including the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Department of Economics, the School of Business and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

After enrolling, students are required to choose a concentration. Students may elect to add on a second concentration or choose to take elective credits instead of adding on a second concentration. The concentrations are as follows:

Development Economics
Finance
International Business
International Economic Policy Analysis

M.A. International Economic Policy Application: Fall 2019

Applicants to the Masters in International Economic Policy program must have completed an introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics course before applying to the MIEP program. Students without these courses will be able to take an online program during the summer prior to enrollment that is administered by the Elliott School’s Institute for International Economic Policy. Intermediate micro- and macroeconomics are highly recommended preparation for the MIEP program but are not required for admission.


Application Tips

Review all Application Requirements.  The more knowledge you have about the application process, the more successful you will be as an applicant. Click here to start your application!

1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.

2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.

3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:

  • Name of the applicant,
  • The name of the institution,
  • All coursework (name of courses),
  • Grades for each course,
  • Transcript legend/grading scale, and
  • Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).

More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.

4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.

5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.

6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!

7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.

8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!

Still have questions? Let us know!
The Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E. St NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
202-994-7050
esiagrad@gwu.edu