Combined Degree Programs


GW Combined Degree Programs


Columbian College offers 35 combined degree programs that enable qualified students to graduate ahead of their peers, placing them on a fast-track to academic achievement and professional success.

By combining work toward a Bachelor of Arts or Science with requirements for a Graduate Certificate or a Master of Arts, Science, Forensic Science, Public Administration or Public Policy, students may complete two degree programs in less than six years. In some cases, depending on qualifying AP credits, participants may finish even sooner.


How to Apply


  • An online application in the GW Student Portal is not required.
  • You may apply after completing 75 undergraduate credits, and must apply no later than the semester before your final undergraduate year. Within this window, a department may specify an application deadline date. Please use the below directory to locate the department web page for the combined degree program you wish to apply to.
  • Complete the Combined Degree Application (PDF) form and submit it to your Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for signature.
  • Submit the form to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of the graduate program you are applying to for review. The DGS will discuss eligibility and department-specific application requirements (for example, letters of recommendation, resume, statement of purpose). The DGS will mark their admission decision and sign the form. If denied, the DGS will notify you by email and CC [email protected].
  • If admitted, the DGS will forward the form to CCAS Graduate Studies (Phillips Hall, Suite 215), and that office will email you an admission letter.


Justine Benanty GW Columbian College Combined Degree Program anthropology

Justine Benanty

BA '09, Archaeology
MA '10, Anthropology

"I completed my BA and MA in GW's Anthropology Department, and began my career within its walls. Due to their expertise in archaeology and anthropology, I have developed skills to make a real impact in my field."

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