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Online Politics

College of Professional Studies

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

Program Overview

Since the first serious use of online campaigning by John McCain in 2000, online tools such as web advertising, interactive websites, complex social networking, and virtual fundraising have become central to success in politics, and especially in campaigns.

In response to this phenomenon, we created a graduate certificate that teaches students how to master the world of online communications, networking and fundraising.

The Graduate Certificate in Online Politics consists of 18 credit hours (6 classes), including Online Political Strategy; Managing Online Communities; Videography; Targeting, Microtargeting and Analytics; an elective of your choice; and a Capstone seminar.

Like the other certificate programs offered by the GSPM, any student who completes the certificate and successfully applies to the master's program can count all 18 credits towards the master's degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 15
Spring – November 15
Summer – April 15

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations (preferably at least one professional and one academic recommendation)

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.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
cpsgspm@gwu.edu ~ 703.299.9142 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday