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Schools & Colleges


At GW, learning goes well beyond attending lectures and writing papers. Our schools and colleges provide a place for you to debate and discuss how to make a difference in the world and then actually go do it. Your classmates, friends and professors will motivate you to use what you’re learning, as well as your skills, ideas and passions, to help others and pave a path for your future.



"Everyone notices the passion that GW students have. I'm an international affairs and political science major. My roommates study history, business and environmental studies. Not only could we each talk to you for hours about what we're learning, but we want to go out and do something with it. Seeing how people here want to create change for good is motivating to me."

Katie O'Connell

Class of 2018
Majors: International Affairs and Political Science

Schools & Colleges with Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

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School of Business

In the School of Business you’ll learn firsthand how to see beyond the bottom line and consider the big picture of international affairs, finance, sustainability, ethics and corporate responsibility—often all at once.


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College of Professional Studies

If you want to distinguish yourself in your profession as you enhance your skills or switch to a new career, CPS is the right place for you.


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Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

From the arts and humanities to the sciences and public policy, CCAS is GW's oldest and largest academic unit. Our internationally-recognized faculty and active collaboration with prestigious research, cultural and governmental institutions place CCAS at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture and transforming lives through learning and discovery.


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The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design

The Corcoran School provides a platform for engagement that bridges creative expression and practical application within a liberal arts education. As part of the Columbian College and a large research institution, your education and creativity will cross boundaries.


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Elliott School of International Affairs

The Elliott School’s community is fueled by diplomats, activists, journalists, policymakers and business leaders who create change in D.C. and then bring real world insights to the classroom. You’ll examine pressing global issues and determine solutions through research and an eye for determining how policy affects the lives of those it touches.


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School of Engineering & Applied Science

SEAS is the only school of engineering and applied science in the heart of D.C. The hands-on, collaborative environment enables you to cultivate your expertise in the lab and also influence government and policy.


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School of Media & Public Affairs

SMPA, part of the Columbian College, prepares you to join the next generation of distinguished journalists and political communicators as you work to define effective ways to share stories and information in today's complex media world.


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Milken Institute School of Public Health

At Milken you’ll spearhead initiatives and programs that fight obesity, improve community health policy and assess the quality of care provided nationally and around the world.


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School of Nursing

SON prepares you to apply the science of nursing to compassionate, high-quality care. You’ll graduate as a leader in the profession with the ability to improve care and increase community well-being.







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Grant Smith

Class of 2018
Majors: Journalism and Mass Communication

"I really enjoyed when I took a Game Strategy and Theory course taught by Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He took us to the World Bank building for class one day, which was incredible and is only a few blocks from campus."

Schools & Colleges with Graduate Programs Only

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The Graduate School of Political Management

GSPM moves beyond theoretical exploration to teach you how to address real-world challenges. Here you’ll broaden your mind and enhance your vision to shape society and succeed in advocacy, communications and politics.


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GW Law

When you study law in the nation's capital and down the road from the Supreme Court, you’ll receive rare insight into how the law is actually created and debated while having unparalleled access to the country's highest judicial body.




GW recognizes the importance of maintaining accreditation by appropriate academic and professional agencies and organizations. We believe that ongoing accreditation of the university and our schools, departments and programs enhances our reputation as a center of academic excellence and as a trusted provider of educational and professional preparation.

We are:

  • accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency
  • on the approved list of the American Association of University Women
  • a member of the College Board