Special Collections Are a Historical Goldmine

GW's Libraries play host to many treasures, including rare maps, books, manuscripts and congressional papers.

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University LIbraries

The George Washington University’s five libraries serve the three university campuses, the Law School and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Our libraries offer students and faculty members access to thousands of scholarly journals, reference books, international literature old and new, maps, photographs, history tomes and much more. Special collections feature unique literature and first-hand history not found elsewhere.

Burns Law Library

The Jacob Burns Law Library is among the largest academic law libraries in the United States. It features a research collection rich in American historic and contemporary legal materials, as well as international and comparative materials. The Law Library’s holdings of more than 600,000 volumes (and equivalents) and its range of electronic resources provide researchers with a wealth of legal information.

Eckles Library at Mount Vernon Campus

The Eckles Library, located on the Mount Vernon Campus, is part of the George Washington University Libraries. It houses a print collection of more than 64,000 volumes covering political science, women’s history and contemporary issues, interior design, history, literature and more.

Gelman Library

The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library is the university’s largest library. It houses the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center, the Special Collections Research Center Manuscript Division, a Rare Books and Maps Division, National Security Archives, the Global Resources Center and rotating exhibits.

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library serves the faculty, students and staff of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, by providing the resources and services needed to support educational, clinical and research activities. Himmelfarb librarians assist the university community with various research needs. Among the library’s responsibilities are ensuring that the university is in compliance with the National Institutes of Health Open Access Policy and assisting researchers applying for federal grants with compliance issues.

Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library

The Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library, located in Ashburn, Va., is part of the George Washington University Libraries and serves the neighboring Virginia communities. As a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center and member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations and nonprofit agencies, the library provides visitors with free public access to grant maker directories, books and select electronic databases from the Foundation Center. The Foundation Directory Online, a fully searchable database with detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, is available during regular library hours.

Library Alliances

Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library belong to the Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA). CIRLA libraries are members of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries located in Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland. CIRLA members allow certain borrowing privileges across institutions. Other alliance members include area universities such as Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, as well as the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian Institution.

Washington Research Library Consortium

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library belong to the Washington Research Library Consortium, which extends borrowing privileges to eligible patrons from other Consortium libraries. WRLC members are found in the immediate Washington area and include American University, Catholic University, Georgetown University, George Mason University and others.

Off-Campus Programs

With over 30 graduate programs offered outside our main campus in Washington, DC, you can fulfill your ambitions at a location near you and online. For a full list of programs and locations, please visit the Off Campus Programs website. 

We understand the difference you want to make in your life and your career. We challenge our students to look ahead and prepare them to lead the way. Through innovative programs, GW can help you reach beyond your ambition.

At GW, our faculty of leading scholars and practitioners and over 200 master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs can help you reach your goals in a professional world that is evolving daily.

With many programs designed specifically for the busy adult professional, GW offers a select group of part–time graduate degree and certificate programs at convenient off–campus locations and through online distance learning. World-class prestige offered at convenient locations near you.

Online Learning

GW offers select undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and individual courses exclusively online, as well as opportunities that combine online and classroom learning.

GW’s diverse options for online learning suit a variety of needs. Our online programs allow students the opportunity for associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates; and a Ph.D. As well, online classes are available as individual courses, in conjunction with an on-campus program, or as part of an entirely online program.

Online courses and programs extend to all parts of the GW community, offering the GW experience to:

  • Working professionals and others unable to attend classes on campus
  • Students looking to supplement their on-campus classes
  • Students studying abroad
  • Student who have gone home for the summer
  • Faculty conducting research around the world

We honor our mandate to provide the highest quality academic experience by using the latest technologies and best practices to expand opportunities for every GW student—on campus and around the world. GW has taken a leadership role in online learning and has achieved national recognition with leaders in professional organizations.

GW International

With almost 2,400 students from 130 countries, 300 visiting international scholars, and a footprint in more than 80 percent of the countries in the world, the George Washington University is a hub of learning and research that stretches well beyond its immediate borders, but that's just the beginning.

The Office of International Programs plays a pivotal role in the university’s efforts to engage the world from the nation’s capital by providing guidance and resources that help identify GW's international priorities and expand educational opportunities abroad in all disciplines.  We help bridge cultures, deepen understanding, and connect the university community to the world beyond our campus.

GW is proud to offer some of the most active, far-reaching international programs to be found anywhere, creating a lifelong, worldwide community of students, alumni, parents, friends and partner institutions that begins in Washington and spans the globe.

Nearly half of all GW students study abroad, with access to more than 300 programs worldwide. Our faculty lead classes, serve as visiting scholars, and conduct their research on every major continent. From our Washingon, D.C., campus, students and faculty access major international organizations and think tanks to form linkages with their academic fields. 

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Graduate & Professional Programs

As a graduate or professional student at GW, you will engage in research- and practice-based programs that extend far beyond our classrooms and campuses and contribute to your personal, professional, and intellectual growth. With more than 200 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs, in numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you. 

Explore our Graduate and Professional Programs

Explore our range of graduate and professional programs to help you identify subjects of interest. Browse by academic interest areas, school, degree type, location, and schedule options, or view a full list of all GW graduate and professional subjects, including:

  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Administration, & Management
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Education & Teacher Preparation
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts & Design
  • Human Resources & Organizational Studies
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Media & Communication
  • Medicine, Health Sciences & Nursing
  • Museum Education & Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Political Science, Political Management & Advocacy
  • Professional Studies
  • Psychology & Counseling
  • Public Health & Health Services
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Security & Public Safety
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Research Fellowships

Each year about 30 percent of eligible honors students receive research fellowships. The Undergraduate Center for National Fellowship Competitions provides information and advice on the Rhodes, Fulbright and other programs open to undergraduates.