#WeAreElliott: Daria Grineva

#WAE GrinevaDaria Grineva is a Master’s student studying International Affairs, with concentrations in International Security Studies and Europe/Eurasia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and minors in Spanish language and Russian Studies from Syracuse University. Previously she was a Security and Defense Policy Intern at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) where she was able to work on various transatlantic policy issues and attend related think-tank events all over D.C. As an intern, she was able to travel to Brussels, Belgium to volunteer for GMF at Brussels Forum, a conference on transatlantic relations. This past summer she was able to intern in the Federal Government working on national security issues. Currently, she is an intern at the Department of State in the office of Southern Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Daria is a native speaker of Russian and is fluent in Spanish.

When did you realize you wanted an international career and what inspired you to select your program/concentration at the Elliott School?

I wanted a career in international affairs ever since I was little. I grew up in a multicultural home, speaking two languages and I was fascinated by diplomacy, cultures, and languages. When I was in my sophomore year at Syracuse University, I was one of few people around me that majored in International Relations, meanwhile, most everyone else was studying public relations or finance. I felt really passionate about the things I would learn and I knew how much I wanted to put my skills to good use and do good for people. When I decided to go to graduate school, I immediately knew GW would be the place for me. The diverse courses, professors, and professional staff are exceptional and many of them have been in the career field for a long time.

What resources (online or offline) have proven to be the most valuable in helping you reach your career success?

Graduate Student Services (GSS) has been the most valuable in helping me (and a lot of other students!) reach my career goals. GSS is always there to help, no matter what career path you’re interested in. They’re always sending me events and job postings that I may not have known about prior to encourage me to apply. They also keep me organized for deadlines coming up. GSS is my go-to for anything career-related because not only do they so many resources, but they are extremely happy for their students when they succeed! It’s a wonderful resource to have as a student at the Elliott School.

What advice do you have for students for staying motivated at work or in class?

Take courses you enjoy and want to learn/study about more. It is extremely important to take courses in what you are interested in, but also take courses where you can learn something completely new. It’s also important to remind yourself how much you wanted to go to graduate school, all you did to get here, and the places this graduate experience will take you after. That always keeps me motivated when I’m most tired or stressed during the semester.

Favorite part about living in/around DC?

My favorite part about living in DC is being around all the history! Being able to take a walk on the National Mall, visiting the monuments, or sight-seeing on embassy row is always a fun experience. I love being able to show my family and friends what a wonderful city DC is.

The #WeAreElliott series highlights current Elliott School graduate students and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective, current, and incoming students. The views expressed by students profiled do not necessarily represent those of organizations they work for, are affiliated with, or the Elliott School of International Affairs. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.

#WeAreElliott: Elliott Burgess

#WAE_ BurgessElliott Burgess is a first-year master’s student in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program concentrating on anthropology and geography. He received his bachelor’s degree in International relations and French and Francophone Studies from Florida International University in 2018. Elliott has a passion for language and travel. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, and has an intermediate command of Italian, Mandarin and Haitian Creole. He has lived and worked throughout the US in Ohio, Texas and Florida, as well as in France and China. Elliott has experience teaching and interpreting and has an interest in language acquisition, cultural anthropology as well as relations within the African diaspora in Latin America, specifically in Cuba and Brazil. Elliott has been to 26 countries, and in his free time, he enjoys running, photography, trying new foods and singing in different languages.  

  1. What has been your favorite experience at the Elliott School so far and why?

My favorite experience at the Elliott School has been going to the Career Café and Language Lunch events, the career cafés have helped me really start thinking about where I want to take my career and to hear the experiences of others like Dean Brigety and how he got started in his career have really helped me in thinking about what my next steps will be. I also enjoy the Language Lunches because not only do I get to practice my language skills, but I have met some wonderful people through them as well!

What courses have you found most helpful in your work/intern/volunteer experiences and how have they been useful? (Haven’t worked? Answer this: Describe your dream job and explain how the Elliott School can help you get there?

One of my dream jobs is to work as a language analyst for either the FBI or CIA. What I’ve learned through meeting with so many recruiters from these agencies is BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) and this writing technique is definitely one that needs practice, especially for someone like me who has a background in blogging and journalism.

One course that I am taking this semester with Jenna Ben-Yehuda is called “Security in the Americas” and through this course, I’ve really learned how to master this technique of putting the main ideas up front, and cutting out most of the fluff in my writing, and I am hoping to one day be able to take this skill to briefs at the CIA or FBI. 

What resources (online or offline) or strategies have proven to be the most valuable in helping you reach academic success at the Elliott School?

One of the resources that I have really taken advantage of at the Elliott School is the career coaches, as well as my academic advisor. I can’t tell you how much they have helped not only in regard to my resumé but also in finding internships abroad and helping me secure my place studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro this upcoming semester! 

What advice do you have for prospective students who are on the fence about applying to a graduate program at the Elliott school?

I would say talk with current students. I think who better to tell you about the atmosphere and course load, then current students. From my experience, current students are also a lot more candid and can give you a very real look into how your experience might be. I also would recommend going to orientation and other events for prospective students, because having gone to my orientation back in April before enrolling, I not only got so much information about the school and my program, but I also got to meet other prospective students who have become close friends.

What city outside of the U.S. should people visit and why? 

I think everyone should visit Beijing, China! I had the opportunity to do an internship in China this past summer, most of which I spent in Inner Mongolia, but after I finished, I went to Beijing for a few weeks and the city is surreal. There is so much culture, and Beijing definitely has an interesting vibe where ancient architecture meets art, mass surveillance and technological advancements. I would also like to highlight that Beijing street food is some of the best in the world with anything from fried crab legs to roasted cicadas and fried tarantulas available for less than $5! And Not to mention, the Great Wall of China which was one of the most interesting sites that I’ve ever seen in my life! Much more difficult to climb than you would think.

“The #WeAreElliott series highlights current Elliott School graduate students and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective, current, and incoming students. The views expressed by students profiled do not necessarily represent those of organizations they work for, are affiliated with, or the Elliott School of International Affairs. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.”

 

 

 

 

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