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Global Gender Policy

Elliott School of International Affairs

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

​​As gender inequality continues to challenge society, global gender policy continues to grow within international affairs. This program will prepare students to become leaders in promoting gender equality around the world. Students in the program will take a cornerstone course on global gender policy, as well as a rigorous methods course that explores the challenges and best practices of gender-specific data collection and analysis. In addition to these core requirements, students can choose from elective courses on subjects from gender and disaster to human trafficking, as well as several one-credit skills courses related to this field.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – February 1
Spring – October 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations, preferably one from an academic source.

Standardized tests: General test of the GRE (institution code 5246); waived for applicants with eight or more years of professional experience.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided.  The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application.  Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.

International applicants only: 

PLEASE NOTE: International applicants who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.

Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
 The Elliott School of International Affairs
 The George Washington University
 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301 ~ Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
 esiagrad@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday