Why Choose Columbian College?

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Columbian College emboldens our graduate students to be effective citizen leaders who are ready to tackle the challenges of our global society. With an emphasis on a strong moral and ethical compass, we seek to educate a new generation of innovators, humanitarians, artists, and analysts who want to make a difference in the world.

The whole city is our classroom, and students emerge not only with a diploma, but with experiences that could happen only at GW.

Graduate Programs by the Numbers


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The GW Experience

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With a faculty comprised of accomplished scholars and cutting-edge facilities that encourage innovation, graduate students in the Columbian College's 42 academic departments and nearly 90 graduate programs make the most of their #OnlyatGW experiences.

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GW’s main campus, Foggy Bottom, is centrally located in Washington, D.C. Here, the city is your campus and adds to your experience as a Washingtonian. As a student, you'll visit national landmarks, find unbeatable internships and taste the world-class food scene!

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Discovery and innovation are part of the CCAS tradition, from our century-long research partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to our state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Hall. Faculty and students are uncovering ancient mysteries and solving 21st-century challenges.

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Alumni Network

Our more than 80,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 120+ countries. They give back with their time, talent and support, offering current students opportunities to network and meet career goals. Our alumni demonstrate the many roads you can take to success with a liberal arts degree.

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Resources and Support

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We understand that every GW student is unique, and we know that graduate students have different needs to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

That’s why we do everything we can to support our students. From career counseling and disability support services to academic advising, we are dedicated to providing you with the resources you need to succeed. And with state-of-the art research facilities, fine and performing arts spaces, and a wide array of library services, we are committed to showing you that GW is one of the most stimulating places to learn, observe, and engage in the arts and sciences.

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Want to talk with an admissions officer? You can schedule an appointment with a member of our team to discuss program offerings and learn about the admissions process.





Chat with a Current Student

Want to know more about what it’s like to be a Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) graduate student at the George Washington University? Our Graduate Ambassadors are here to provide you with essential information you need to transition to the George Washington University.