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Turn your passion into results
with a Columbian College graduate degree.



Graduate Applicants



Graduate Students


Columbian College’s doctoral, master’s and graduate certificate programs offer a transformative experience, connecting students with some of the most influential leaders and institutions while partnering with public and private organizations in the nation’s capital and around the globe.

Our graduate students are prepared for academic and professional advancement through an education steeped in rigorous scholarship and practical application.



2021 Virtual Open House

Graduate Virtual Open House



October 18–28, 2021

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Graduate Virtual Open House! Join us online to learn about Columbian College graduate programs, financial aid and the application process. Plus, hear from current CCAS students, faculty and admissions staff.




2800 Graduate Students


534 Full-time faculty


80,000+ columbian college alumni





Step One: I'm ready to explore

Explore Columbian College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs. Discover connections that will broaden your perspective and enrich your education on a path toward a life and career that will shape the world. At GW, you benefit from the quality of our academic programs, the experience of your peers, the expertise of our faculty and the proximity of the campus.

Step Two: I want to learn more

Learn more about renowned faculty, academics, admissions, events, and how to keep up to date with campus happenings. Here you can dive deep into our program offerings and graduate student experience through informational fairs and online chats and webinars. Our graduate admissions team is available to help you navigate the application process and help you achieve your academic and professional goals.




Step 3: How do I apply?

The first step in your graduate student journey is applying to graduate school. Admission to the college is selective. Prospective students must have demonstrated academic excellence and hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. We are here to help you with application tips and best practices as well as answers to FAQs regarding the application process.

Step Four: You have been admitted

You're In! Congratulations are in order as your hard work has earned you a place within the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. As a graduate student at Columbian College, you will be part of a thriving community of scholars. Access to leading educators and thinkers, state-of-the-art facilities and vast educational resources help our students on their journey to becoming leaders and innovators in their communities—and across the world. We look forward to you joining our diverse group of 14,000+ graduate students, from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 130 countries.


Funding and Cost

Two students study in the Science and Engineering Hall


We know that attending graduate school can be a big decision, especially when it comes to financing your education. Columbian College offers a variety of funding opportunities, including program-level scholarships and merit-based awards. Several offices at GW are also dedicated to providing assistance with financial aid, fellowships and grants.







Brittany Lewis
PhD, History

Brittany Lewis competed for the Miss Black America title to raise awareness for racial justice and further her own research. As a History PhD student, Lewis has a skill for viewing almost any issue—from social justice to boardwalk pageants—through a scholarly lens.

“Not many people look at beauty contests as moments of historical significance,” she said. “Believe me, it’s even harder to see them that way when you’re actually in one!”

While maintaining her GW course load, Lewis won a D.C. qualifier and then wowed the judges at the Miss Black America finals with a dance routine choreographed to an interview with civil rights activist Nina Simone. She won the competition.

Student spotlight: PhD Student and Miss Black America pageant Brittany Lewis



A graduate student in a computer lab class with his chin in his hand



Graduate Information Sessions

Attend an online information session to learn more about our programs, get your questions answered and meet our admissions staff and faculty.

Check the Full Session Schedule