Columbian College of Arts and Sciences The George Washington University

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences The George Washington University

Washington, DC
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
42 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


A historic and internationally recognized private research university

The George Washington University was established by Congress in 1821 in accordance with a bequest from the late President Washington and his written wishes to build a university in the capital. Today GW is among the nation's and the world's top universities, with a reputation for especially strong political science, public affairs, and science programs. Its location provides students with many options for internships and research.

GW has earned "GI Jobs" magazine's Military Friendly School designation for 6 years in a row. The school is recognized as a Best National University and a Best Global University by "US News & World Report." In addition, "US News" graduate-program rankings place George Washington University among the Best Biological Sciences, Best English, Best Fine Arts, Best History, Best Mathematics, Best Physics, Best Political Science, Best Public Affairs, and Best Speech-Language Pathology programs.

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences administers 82 graduate-level programs, including 44 master's degree programs, 23 doctoral degree programs, and 15 graduate certificate programs. Columbian College enrolls about 3,300 graduate students, roughly divided between full- and part-time students. Some of the school's graduate courses are offered online and in the evening to accommodate working students.

Doctoral degree programs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Columbian College's 23 doctoral programs span a wide range of subjects from American studies and English to cognitive neuroscience and molecular medicine. The PhD in Political Science program requires up to 6 semesters of coursework, debate and exam mastery, and a dissertation. Majors within the political science program are American politics, international relations, and comparative politics. Students must also choose a minor from political theory, public policy, or quantitative methods.

Students pursuing the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Professional Psychology program must complete 83 credits, including lab work and consultation. Available tracks of study are adult, child and adolescent, and assessment. Other psychology-related doctoral degree programs are the PhD in Applied Social Psychology, the PhD in Clinical Psychology, the PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the PhD in Psychology.

Science PhD degree programs at Columbia College are available in anthropology, biological sciences, biomedical sciences, biochemistry and systems biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology and immunology, and molecular medicine.

Master's degree programs at Columbia College

With more than 40 master's degree programs, Columbia College gives students a number of traditional and innovative choices. The newest program, the Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Culture, begins classes in fall of 2016. Other MA programs include:

-Art Therapy Practice


-Forensic Mental Health Counseling

-Global Communication

-Islamic Studies

-Jewish Cultural Arts

-New Media Photojournalism

-Political Science, and

-Women's Studies - Public Policy

Areas of study leading to a Master of Science degree include statistics, physics, mathematics, high technology crime investigation, data science, crime scene investigation, biological sciences, and biostatistics.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs offered by Columbia College are the MFA in Production Design, the MFA in Interior Architecture and Design, the MFA in Dance, and the MFA in Classical Acting. The Master of Forensic Science degree is available in forensic chemistry, forensic molecular biology, and forensic toxicology. GW also offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program and a program leading to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree.

Graduate certificates for professional development

The Columbia College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University offers more than a dozen graduate certificate programs for mid-career students seeking to advance in their fields. Most of the programs require between 12 and 18 credit hours of study.

Science-related graduate certificates are available in geographical information systems (GIS), forensic investigation, data science, and anatomical and translational sciences. Business and management programs include budget and public finance, financial mathematics, and nonprofit management. Other certificates are available in LGBT health, policy and practice; museum collections management and care; and documentary filmmaking.

Faculty members who are active in research

George Washington University faculty members conduct research in the lab, in the city, and in countries around the world. For example, Shannon McFarlin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has studied gorilla skeletons in Rwanda for clues to how humans evolved. J. Houston Miller, Professor of Chemistry, has conducted permafrost and climate change research in Alaska. Maria Cecilia Zea, Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Social Psychology, have combined their findings from interviews with minority men to develop a broad approach to HIV prevention that they believe will be more effective than the current approaches.

Research and internship opportunities for students

Columbia College is home to more than 2 dozen research institutes focused on such topics as medieval studies, solar energy, global communication, and computing technology. GW graduate students working with the college's Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology have received grants to conduct research on prehistoric ecology and hominid technology in East Africa, while graduate students working with GW's Center for Economic Research can study international trade and finance, economic forecasting, and development and globalization.

Financial aid and scholarship options

George Washington University's Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships is the primary resource for information on departmental teaching assistantships, 2 dozen university fellowship programs, and research assistantships that are available in some departments.

Among the GW fellowship programs are the merit-based Columbian Women Scholarships for current graduate students, Presidential Merit Fellowships for incoming doctoral students, and Walter Green Fellowships for public service focused graduate students who hold a job or internship.

Fellowships and scholarships open to Columbian College graduate students include the National Institutes of Health Fellowship for biomedical sciences doctoral students, the Bell Atlantic Graduate Fellowship for chemistry and physics students, and the George McCandlish Fellowship for doctoral students in American Literature.

Qualified veterans may apply for the national Tillman Military Scholars scholarship program and the Yellow Ribbon tuition benefits program. GW's Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and the GW Veterans Accelerate Learning Opportunities and Rewards (VALOR) program offer financial aid advice and other services tailored to military members and veterans.

Location & Contact

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

The George Washington University

2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Ben Vinson


Phone: 202-994-6130

Phone: 202-994-6210
Fax: 202-994-6213

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Certificate
      Graduate Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Public Policy (PhD/MPP)
      Doctor of Psychology (Psy D)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy (JD/MPP)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      Master of Forensic Sciences (MFS)
      Master of Public Administration (MPA)
      Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor (MPA/JD)
      Master of Public Policy (MPP)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 752
    • Doctoral Degrees 126
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 85
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


41% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 6,304
    • Accepted 2,622
    • Acceptance Rate 41
    • Enrolled 869
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students2616
    • Female Percentage66%
    • Male Percentage34%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students2616
    • Part-time Percentage42%
    • Full-time Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian72%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown7%