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Columbian College is the home of value-added education, emboldening our students to be effective citizen leaders who are ready to tackle the challenges of our 21st-century global society with the highest of ethical and moral compasses.

We seek to educate a new generation of innovators, humanitarians, artists and analysts who want to make a difference in the real world.



Our Academics

Explore our Academics


Columbian College offers students a unique opportunity to explore and pursue a wide range of academic interests across our diverse fields of study. With a faculty comprised of accomplished scholars and facilities that encourage innovation, students in our 42 academic departments and nearly 90 graduate programs make the most of their #OnlyatGW experiences.


15 Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Ideal for working professionals or those who simply want to acquire additional skills beyond their undergraduate education, each certificate is comprised of four to nine courses offered in the evening. Upon successful completion of a certificate, credits may be transferred to a Master's program.

49 Masters Programs

Master's Programs

Each of our master's program ranges from 30-42 credit hours, with part-time and full-time courseload options that take students on average two to three years for completion. From there, students can directly enter industry or continue building research experience through a doctoral program.

24 Doctoral Programs

Doctoral Programs

Doctoral students comprise the backbone of research conducted at the Columbian College. Through grant funding and mentorships from faculty, doctoral students can expect to take four to six years to complete the program.



Bani Malhotra, MA '18, Art Therapy

"I chose GW because of its experiential framework, structured internship opportunities for practicum hours and expert faculty."



Our Location: Washington, D.C.

Washington DC


GW’s main campus (Foggy Bottom) is centrally located in Washington, D.C., with three satellite campuses nearby in the neighboring state of Virginia. Our location places us blocks from the White House, National Mall, World Bank, State Department, Smithsonian Institution, and other prominent organizations in D.C. Set in the heart of the nation’s capital, Columbian College graduate students benefit from our location, with enriched academic, professional, and social experiences for students in every program.

At GW, the city is a part of our campus and adds to your experience as a Washingtonian, giving you opportunities you won't find anywhere else. Both on campus and across D.C., you'll make D.C. your own, whether it's visiting national landmarks in your backyard, taking advantage of unbeatable internship opportunities, or enjoying the city's world-class food scene!  

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Our Alumni Network

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Columbian College boasts over 80,000 alumni living in all 50 states and in more than 120 countries. Our alumni make a difference in their communities and the world beyond and give back to their alma mater through their time, talent and philanthropic support.

Their successes in the sciences, public policy, the arts, humanities and social sciences are a reflection of our success as a learning institution and value of a liberal arts degree.

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