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Campaign Strategy

College of Professional Studies

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

Program Overview

The two-year election cycle and the rise of the "permanent campaign” leave little time for practitioners to learn more about the craft of professional politicking and campaigning. Designed to accommodate those on hiatus from the campaign trail, the Graduate Certificate in Campaign Strategy provides students with the tools and techniques to manage a successful campaign in only one year.

The certificate’s 6-course (18-credit-hour) curriculum first provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of political management before progressing to advanced coursework in communications elements, politics and the new media, fundraising, campaign strategy, and campaign organization and execution.

Classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings on GW’s main campus in Foggy Bottom. While the certificate can be earned in a few as two semesters, students typically finish all coursework in one year. Students may subsequently apply coursework completed in the certificate program to the Master’s Degree in Political Management.

Admission Requirements

Admission Deadline:

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. View a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

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 ~ 703.299.6782 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday