Welcome to Graduate Studies at GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Our 82 advanced degrees and certificates are designed to enhance your personal and intellectual growth, while preparing 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 News
A Map of the World: GIS Certificate Offers Cutting-Edge Skills
Dancing the Dream with Burgess
What a Catch: Biology PhD Candidate Sequences Fish Genome
New MA in Islam Bridges Gaps in Knowledge, Understanding
Philanthropy-Inspired Fellowship Partners National Park Service and Columbian College
Geographic Information Systems have transformed the way we look at data and solve complex problems. Now, a new geography graduate certificate prepares students for the growing GIS job market.
So you want to be an archaeologist? At the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya, Columbian College students get their hands dirty. They battle soaring heat and snapping scorpions as they dig through a fossil field of dreams.
Stroll through the new “Dancing the Dream” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and you’ll notice among the performance legends featured is Columbian College’s very own Dana Tai Soon Burgess.
Growing up in Argentina, Daniela Campanella, a doctoral candidate in biological sciences, fished the fresh lagoons of the Pampas Region with her father and grandfather, catching and eating the fish Odontesthes bonariensis, commonly known as the pejerrey. This spring, Campanella was the first person to successfully sequence the entire genome of the pejerrey, a fish with temperature-dependent sex determination—a discovery that will impact research around the world.
Something rather special, even symbolic, happened at GW this year when Religion Department faculty members Robert Eisen, who is Jewish, and Mohammad Faghfoory, a Muslim scholar from Iran—both devout to their respective faiths—collaborated together to create a new master’s degree program in Islamic Studies.
A new graduate certificate program has been created within Columbian College to strengthen knowledge about the natural and cultural resources that form the heart of the National Park Service (NPS) mission. The Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy, to be offered this fall, is designed for emerging leaders at NPS involved in the preservation and protection of public lands and cultural heritage.