The George Washington UniversityAdmission Requirements

Congratulations on deciding to apply to an online graduate program at the George Washington University. We’re confident that your learning experience will positively impact your career and help you take the next step. To help you prepare for your application, please refer to the requirements outlined below for your program of choice.

Online Master's in Political ManagementAdmission Requirements

The George Washington University seeks candidates who have demonstrated potential for management and leadership and who have the intellectual ability, maturity, initiative, and creativity to participate in this challenging environment. Applicants to the Master’s in Political Management program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent academic credential from a recognized international university.

If you wish to apply to the online Master’s in Political Management program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor to schedule an informal phone interview. Your Advisor will assess your educational and professional background to determine whether you meet the minimum program requirements and walk you through the formal application process.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Completed online application form for the Political Management program, including the non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of Purpose: a 250- to 500-word essay describing your academic and professional goals
  • A current resume with education and work history
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including
    records of previous graduate-level coursework (when applicable)*

*Applicants who possess an undergraduate or master’s degree GPA of 3.0 or higher will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as a component of their CPS application. Applicants with an undergraduate or master’s degree GPA below 3.0 may submit a professional work sample or take take the GRE to be considered for admission. Contact an Enrollment Advisor at for 1.888.989.7067 for further details.

Note for International Applicants: Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for students who are from countries where English is not an official language and for those who do not hold a degree from an accredited American institution of higher learning. The Test of Written English (TWE) is also recommended.

Online Master's in Strategic Public RelationsAdmission Requirements

The George Washington University seeks candidates who have demonstrated potential for management and leadership and who have the intellectual ability, maturity, initiative, and creativity to participate in this challenging environment. Applicants to the Master’s in Strategic Public Relations online program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent academic credential from a recognized international university.

If you wish to apply to the online Master’s in Strategic Public Relations online program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor to schedule an informal phone interview. Your Advisor will assess your educational and professional background to determine whether you meet the minimum program requirements and walk you through the formal application process.

Application Materials:

  • Completed online application form for the Strategic Public Relations program, including the non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of Purpose: a 250- to 500-word essay describing your academic and professional goals
  • A current resume with education and work history
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including records of previous graduate-level coursework (when applicable)*
  • Professional writing samples**

**Based on a review of the professional writing samples (news releases, speeches, opinion pieces etc.) submitted with the application, qualified students may be able to place out of the Advanced Writing Course (PSPR 6202) and will take another elective course instead to complete the required 30 credits for the degree.

Note for International Applicants: Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for students who are from countries where English is not an official language and for those who do not hold a degree from an accredited American institution of higher learning. The Test of Written English (TWE) is also recommended.