Student Newsletter - May 2022

Updates from The Grad Office

Welcome to the CCAS Graduate Student Newsletter! Designed to keep you up to date with news and events, policies and processes, and all things for CCAS graduate students!

Graduate Student Newsletter Archive

MAY 2022

The Student Services Team is located in Smith 118. Our office will be open during normal business hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Student Services team is here to support you and will continue to be dedicated to providing you guidance and serve as a resource to help you navigate university policies and procedures. Students may schedule a virtual, phone, or in-person appointment with your coordinator in addition to appointments related to Career Services. 

Please note that Smith 118 will be closed between 3:00 - 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 12th and Friday, May 13th. During this time, you may drop off any paperwork to the front desk of Phillips 107.

For our May newsletter we have the following topics:


Career's Corner

Career Counseling

Students can schedule an appointment through Handshake with Wendy Wright, the CCAS Career Counselor.

Career Connect

GW Career Connect is the university's online networking platform that provides graduate students with the opportunity to connect and network with GW alumni from around the world. By joining Career Connect, GW graduate students have instant access to directly connect with thousands of alumni as well as 14 industry communities including Politics & Government, Consulting, Finance, Media & Communications and more.

To learn more, check out this video which provides an overview of the platform. Join today at


CCAS Celebrations

The Office of Graduate Studies is excited to honor this year's graduates! For those who are not able to attend Celebration events in person, a livestream will also be available on the day of the event:

Please note that degrees are conferred as of May 15, 2022, and degree conferral will continue for several weeks until all student graduation applications are cleared. Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after the degree is awarded. For more information regarding diplomas, please refer to the Office of the Registrar's website.


Completing Degree Requirements for Graduate Students

Please note that all graduating students cannot be cleared for graduation until their program and course requirements are both 100% complete in DegreeMAP. We encourage you to review your DegreeMAP and work with your Director of Graduate Studies if there are any updates that need to be processed.

If you cannot be cleared to graduate in the Spring semester, you will be notified by email. You will also need to reapply to graduation for the Summer term. Your Spring application will not automatically transfer over to the Summer.


Incomplete Grades

If you received an incomplete grade in Fall 2021, the deadline to submit the incomplete work is the end of the Spring 2022 semester. If you will need additional time to submit incomplete work, please work with your course instructor and Director of Graduate Studies to submit an updated Incomplete Contract (PDF) to [email protected] no later than May 10.


Fall 2022 Registration

All CCAS graduate students are required to register continuously each fall and spring semester until the completion of their program. Please be reminded that Fall 2022 registration is currently open, and the last day to submit consortium registration requests for Fall 2022 is September 2nd. More information on Fall 2022 registration deadlines can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Leave of Absence

If you wish to take a Leave of Absence (LOA) during Fall 2022, please review our LOA policy and discuss this option with your Director of Graduate Studies. If you choose to take a LOA, please complete a Leave of Absence Application Form (PDF) and submit it to us at [email protected].

Choosing Between RTF & RTF-EZ

In most instances, students will be able to register for courses online through GWeb. In some cases, a paper registration form is required. If paper registration is required, there are two different registration forms, the RTF and RTF-EZ. Check out our Class Registration page for examples of when you should use the RTF and when you need to use the RTF-EZ.


Registering for Courses with Variable Credit Hours

Certain courses, including thesis, dissertation, internship, and research courses, have variable credit hours. This means that you can choose the number of credits you will be earning when you register for the course.

When you register for a course with variable credit hours, the registration system will automatically default to 1 credit hour registered. If you would like to register for more than 1 credit, you will need to adjust the number of credits using the following steps:

  1. Within the registration system, click on the Schedule and Options tab on the Register for Classes menu.
  2. Under the Hours column, any courses that have variable credits will be underlined.
  3. Click on the credits displayed and a box will open up to enter your credits.
  4. Enter the credits you wish to register for within the valid range and click Submit at the bottom of the page to save the changes.

Please note that if you register for a course with variable credit hours, it is important to adjust the number of credits you register for by the end of the second week of classes. This is because your tuition fees are determined by the number of credits you register for each semester, and it is possible to make changes to course registration within the first two weeks of the semester for a 100% tuition refund. If you need to make changes to the number of credits you register for after the first two weeks of the semester have passed, you may be billed for additional tuition fees.


Summer Session

Summer Session offers students a variety of courses designed to broaden the mind and enhance skills. You can fulfill program requirements, take in-demand courses that fill up quickly during the regular academic year, and get a leg up on prerequisites.

Summer courses are available to graduate and non-degree seeking students. Working professionals and students from other universities can also take advantage of enrolling in GW's summer session. Visit the Summer Session website for more information on registration deadlines, special programs, tuition, and more.


Student Events Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended our events this past year! Whether you had the opportunity to attend an event or not, we would appreciate your feedback on the events that were offered this year. We also want to know what kinds of events you would like to see hosted next year. Please take a moment to let us know.


Important Dates

To view future events, please visit the Current Student Events website.

Hooding Celebration May 12
Master's Celebration May 13
Spring 2022 Conferral Date May 15
Summer Session I begins May 16
Last day for all Summer 2022 Consortium Registration May 20


Funding and Employment Opportunities

Student Positions in the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement

These positions are open to students interested in DEI work connected to marketing, communications, and social media and programming, education, and university administration. The positions will begin as early as this summer and go through the 2022 - 2023 academic year.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship (FPPF)

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship (FPPF) provides a unique opportunity for U.S. early and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in a foreign government ministry or institution around the world.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships will be available in three world regions: Africa (Botswana, Ghana, and Rwanda); Western Hemisphere (Colombia and Peru); and East Asia and the Pacific (Cambodia, Fiji, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam).  Examples of successful past projects and placements have included examining opportunities to strengthen inter-ministry collaboration for public health; implementing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; supporting corruption prevention practices; streamlining renewable energy policies related to geothermal law; and conducting census mapping of community health workers.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while cultivating public policy experience in their area of expertise. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue related to the Fellow's in-country work. The Fellows have an opportunity to build their knowledge and skills, provide support to partner-country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign-up for our MyFulbrighter newsletter for more information on future events as well as join our monthly Fulbright Public Policy Office Hours and view our most recent Webinar. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2022.

Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship team at [email protected].


Updated May 11, 2022

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