Columbian Grad Alumni

Heather Higginbottom

Heather Higginbottom, MA ’99, became the first female deputy secretary of state for management and resources in December 2013. She previously served as counselor to Secretary of State John Kerry and deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Stephen L. Johnson

Stephen L. Johnson, MS '76, served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2005-2009. He now sits on the board of directors at the clean technology company FlexEnergy and at Scotts Miracle Grow Company.   

Abby Joseph Cohen

Abby Joseph Cohen, MA '76, is president of the Global Markets Institute and senior investment strategist at Goldman Sachs. She began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

Welcome to Columbian College Graduate Studies

Competitive. Connected. Comprehensive.


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 HistoryPolitical Science and Public Policy, to our pioneering work in Art TherapyForensic Sciences and LGBT health.

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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