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U.S. Foreign Policy

Elliott School of International Affairs

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

Program Overview

The Elliott School offers a Graduate Certificate in U.S. Foreign Policy. The program requires a minimum of eighteen credit hours consisting of six courses. Of these six courses, at least four must be at the graduate (201-300) level. Those six courses must be taken in at least two different disciplines.

To complete the certificate program students must take two core courses: U.S. Foreign Policy Making (PSC 246) and History of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1775-1975 (HIST 282) plus four other supporting courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – February 1
Spring – October 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

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 review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

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

  • Academic IETLS: 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: ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday