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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.


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How to Apply





Attend an Info Session

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

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Fund Your Education

To help you pursue advanced education, Columbian College offers a number of funding opportunities, including scholarships, fellowships and loan assistance.

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Why Columbian College?

Flexibility Applicant Benefits


Most Columbian College graduate programs offer evening and/or online classes to accommodate working professionals and busy schedules.

Location Applicant Benefits


GW's Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon and Virginia Science and Technology Campuses feature cutting-edge facilities and world-renowned faculty.

Networking Applicant Benefits


GW boasts an extensive alumni network that covers all 50 states, D.C. and more than 120 countries around the world.

Choice Applicant Benefits


Columbian College offers nearly 100 graduate certificates, master's degrees and doctoral programs across 42 departments and programs.

The GW Experience


Shiori Oki, MA in Museum Studies

Shiori Oki

MA '20, Museum Studies

"I chose GW because I knew it would provide me with the resources and education I wanted from a graduate program. From easy access to the Smithsonian Institutes, Federal Administrations and the University Consortium, GW’s networks are seemingly endless and offer students the ability to diversify their personal and professional interests."

Visit GW

GW Campus Tour

Graduate Campus Tours

Register for a one-hour tour of our Foggy Bottom Campus. Led by a current graduate student, tours are held on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

GW Virtual Tour

GW Virtual Tour

Get a feel for GW's campuses and surrounding areas with our Virtual Tour. This multimedia interactive map is full of facts about our facilities and history.




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