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Graduate Studies

98+ Graduate Programs, including 55 master's degrees, 26 doctoral degrees, and 18 graduate certificates$17.2 million in total research expenditures were awarded in fiscal year 2015, with faculty & students often collaborating
Welcome to Graduate Studies at GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. With nearly 100 advanced degrees and certificates designed to enhance your personal and intellectual growth, Columbian College prepares you for the next steps in your academic or professional career.

Columbian Graduate Studies offer a transformative experience, connecting students with some of the most influential leaders and institutions in an array of disciplines while partnering with public and private organizations in the nation’s capital and around the globe.

Recent Graduate Studies News

Sophomore Colloquium Delves Into Nature, Culture of Children

In the Sophomore Colloquium on the nature of children, Professor Jamie Cohen-Cole works side-by-side with a small group of students to explore the confluence of science and culture.

A Smithsonian expert helps decorative arts and design history students examine ceramic and earthenware objects

Corcoran, Smithsonian Put Art in Students’ Hands

Through the Corcoran's new master’s in decorative arts and design history, students have once-in-a-lifetime access to Smithsonian resources, including rare collections and historical artifacts.

Graduate Alumni

Alumna’s Artwork on Display at VSTC

Marian Osher, GW MFA ’72, was afraid to fly for three years after her flight was detoured on 9/11. Her in-flight fascination with the textures and abstractions of the earth and clouds inspired her to create colorful mixed-media paintings and wall hangings that helped her to overcome her fear of flying.

Digging Up D.C. History

Don’t tell archaeologist Kate Birmingham, MA ’10, that discoveries are only made in far off deserts. With the National Park Service, the Museum Studies alumna is bringing history home, uncovering the District’s history of Native American settlements and shocking slave plantations.

Alumna’s Book Charts Path to ‘Mr. President’

How do you address the first leader of a brand new country? For George Washington, the possibilities ranged from “His Majesty” to “Mr. President.” In her book For Fear of an Elective King and as the featured speaker at this year’s George Washington Lecture, Kathleen (Kata) Bartoloni-Tuazon, MPhil ’06, PhD ’10, recalled the great presidential title controversy of 1789.

A Dance of Their Own

For two dancers, the MFA dance program offered more than an opportunity to hone their skills and further their professional ambitions. It provided an artistic forum to explore their cultural identities through deeply personal performances. 

Color Me Cautious

Coloring books for adults may be a bestselling craze, but Donna Betts cautions the public to look between the lines and not mistake them for art therapy.