The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The school’s unique location—just steps from the White House, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of State, and dozens of other U.S. and international organizations —enriches its teaching and research, providing students and scholars with unmatched opportunities to engage with the U.S. and international policy communities.

The Elliott School, named in honor of former GW President Lloyd H. Elliott and his wife Evelyn, offers innovative, interdisciplinary teaching programs that provide students with the education and training they need to succeed in the international arena. More than 700 students take advantage of one of the Elliott School’s 12 graduate programs.

The school offers Master of Arts programs in global communication, international affairs, international development, international trade and investment policy, international science, and technology policy, and security policy, as well as Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Elliott School also offers a master’s degree for mid-career professionals and a dual-degree master of international studies in conjunction with its 19 international partner universities. More than 2,100 undergraduates pursue a well-rounded liberal arts curriculum with a special focus on international affairs or with a regional focus on Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America and the Hemisphere. The Elliott School’s 20,000 alumni can be found in leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors around the world.

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The Elliott School sponsors nine research institutes:

  • Center for International Science and Technology Policy
  • Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • Institute for Global and International Studies
  • Institute for International Economic Policy
  • Institute for Middle East Studies
  • Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (co-sponsored with GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs)
  • Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
  • Sigur Center for Asian Studies
  • Space Policy Institute

These dynamic intellectual centers provide venues for scholars and policymakers to come together to develop, test, and disseminate new ideas. Faculty members work individually and collaboratively across disciplines to sharpen intellectual debates and deepen academic and policy discussions about international affairs. The Elliott School’s research contributes to the expanding body of knowledge that helps scholars, policymakers, and citizens better understand the world.

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Mission

The George Washington University has long recognized the value of an international affairs education. Since the University's inception in 1821, we have prepared students to face important global issues and make a difference in the world. The Elliott School of International Affairs represents a culmination of the innovative ideas and fresh perspectives generated by its forerunners at The George Washington University:

  • The School of Comparative Jurisprudence and Diplomacy (1898 – 1905)
  • The Department of Politics and Diplomacy (1905 – 1907)
  • The College of the Political Sciences (1907 – 1913)
  • International Law and Diplomacy in Columbian College (1913 – 1928)
  • The School of Government (1928 – 1960)
  • The School of Government, Business, and International Affairs (1960 – 1966)
  • The School of International Affairs (1987 – 1988)
  • The School of Public and International Affairs (1966 – 1987)
  • The Elliott School of International Affairs (1988 – Today)

At the Elliott School of International Affairs, our mission is:

  • To educate the next generation of international leaders
  • To conduct research and produce scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues
  • To engage the public and the policy community in the United States and around the world, thereby fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions

Our mission is to create knowledge, share wisdom, and inspire action to make our world a better place.

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About the Elliott School

The George Washington University has educated generations of international leaders and advanced the understanding of important global issues since 1821.

The Elliott School of International Affairs, named in honor of former GW President Lloyd H. Elliott and his wife Evelyn, is dedicated to this mission. We train our students in the theory and practice of international affairs, offering them an in-depth analysis of international economic, political, scientific and cultural issues. The School's curriculum is interdisciplinary; most Elliott School full-time faculty are jointly appointed in GW departments.

Our widely respected faculty prepares Elliott School students for global careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Elliott School graduates are consistently sought after for challenging global careers. What's more, our Washington, DC location allows us to form strong relationships with public, private, and non-profit organizations that regularly employ Elliott School students and alumni.

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

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The Elliott School’s Asian Studies program prepares students to navigate this dynamic environment and address complex diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural issues. ... [+]

Asia is one of the most dynamic and rapidly changing regions of the world, and its significance in the 21st century is undeniable. Asia comprises almost 30 percent of the earth's landmass and is home to 60 percent of the world's population; the continent is as diverse as its populations, which drive the region's shifting role in the global arena.

On the path to sustained economic development, Asia’s urban migration and international trade are exploding. Problems still endure, however. The region is a flashpoint for conflicts, and its economic benefits are not evenly distributed. The Elliott School’s Asian Studies program prepares students to navigate this dynamic environment and address complex diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural issues.... [-]

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The Master of Arts program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the f ... [+]

The Master of Arts program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the functional principles that define Western, Central, and Eastern Europe in conjunction with Russia and Eurasia.

What You'll Study

Our curriculum combines required and elective courses that allow students to pursue their professional and intellectual interests. In addition, the EES program helps students develop practical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.

To earn your Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies you must successfully complete our 40 credit program which includes a 3 credit Cornerstone course, a 3 credit International Economics course, 15 credits of core courses, a 9 credit Professional Specialization, a 1 credit Skills Workshop, 6 credits of electives, and a 3 credit Capstone course.... [-]

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The Master of Arts in Global Communication is offered jointly by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media ... [+]

The Master of Arts in Global Communication is offered jointly by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA). It combines the Elliott School's globally recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA's strengths as a leading school of communication and journalism.

This graduate program helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively with global audiences.

What You'll Study

Students in this program will take a rigorous academic program that prepares them both intellectually and professionally for exciting careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As a student in the Global Communication program, you will learn about the fascinating and rapidly evolving global information environment. As a future or advancing professionally in the field, you will learn how to work in this environment and communicate effectively with audiences worldwide.... [-]

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The Elliott School's M.A. program in international affairs is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues in international affairs ... [+]

Globalization of economic, political, social and cultural activity has created opportunities and challenges for tomorrow's leaders in international affairs. Rarely have we lived in such an uncertain world. As a result, the need for increased international understanding and cooperation has become essential.

The Elliott School's M.A. program in international affairs is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues in international affairs while developing in-depth knowledge of at least one specialized area at either the global or regional level.

What You'll Study

Students in the program will gain a fundamental understanding of key political, economic, and historic issues in international affairs. You'll begin with three to four core courses before moving on to either a regional or global field to fulfill the elective requirements.... [-]

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The International Development Studies program grounds international development practitioners in the theories, policies, and skills necessary for operating at the forefro ... [+]

The International Development Studies program grounds international development practitioners in the theories, policies, and skills necessary for operating at the forefront of the field. Graduates of the program are prepared to address global development challenges in the most disadvantaged regions and among the most marginalized populations.

The program takes a multidisciplinary and intellectually rigorous approach, paying particular attention to a cultural context, ethics, field-based applied research, and innovative practices. Developing marketable skills and broadening professional experience is a central part of the program. All students complete a real-world consultancy for an international development organization as their final project.... [-]

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The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Economic Policy (MIEP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation for understanding new challe ... [+]

The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Economic Policy (MIEP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation for understanding new challenges in the global economic system. The program provides analytical rigor and tailored professional specializations to help students pursue challenging careers in the private sector, public sector, and non-profit organizations.

Evening classes accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and open pathways through which full-time students can explore internships in international organizations, consulting firms, and government agencies in Washington D.C. The MIEP alumni network provides professional internship and job opportunities for students from all over the world.... [-]

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Developments in information technology, space exploration, and genetic modification, as well as advances in material science, are governed and shaped by institutions that ... [+]

Scientific and technological advances lay the platform for international competitiveness, driving the bulk of national growth and improvements in the quality of life around the world. In today's global environment, innovation is essential for solving societal problems and staying ahead of the competition.

Developments in information technology, space exploration, and genetic modification, as well as advances in material science, are governed and shaped by institutions that set science and technology policy. This program equips its students to work at the forefront of policy affecting the science and technology arena.

What You'll Study

Our curriculum combines required and elective courses that provide professional training in innovation and economic growth, technology management, technology and development, space policy, and national security.... [-]

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The aim of the Masters in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies is to enable students to develop a deep and broad understanding of the region and its trials and contribu ... [+]

Latin America is a paradox. This vibrant region is home to significant advances in human rights, a substantial expansion of female and indigenous political representation, imaginative urban designs and creative solutions to ecological challenges. It is also marked by high levels of poverty and inequality, corruption, fragile institutions, and violence, gangs, and drug and organized-crime cartels.

“We have not had a moment’s rest,” is how Gabriel García Márquez summed up - Latin America and the Caribbean, a region that embraces more than 20 sovereign states and several territories and dependencies.

The aim of the Masters in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies is to enable students to develop a deep and broad understanding of the region and its trials and contributions. Simultaneously, the program prepares them for careers in government, multinational and non-governmental organizations, the private sector, or post-graduate academic work. Grounded by the expertise of GW’s faculty and selected practitioners in the field, the program combines rigorous academics with a professional orientation.... [-]

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GW’s Middle East Studies program has become one of the most exciting and fascinating places to study an exciting and fascinating region. Our reputation as a center for se ... [+]

GW’s Middle East Studies program has become one of the most exciting and fascinating places to study an exciting and fascinating region. Our reputation as a center for serious scholarship and critical policy research has garnered national and international recognition.

We have been named a National Resource Center and designated recipient of the federally-funded FLAS language fellowship program, received a major endowment gift to help fund student research and important policy and academic programming, and become the hub of the country’s leading organization for political scientists specializing in the region (the Project on Middle East Political Science).

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Security Policy Studies (SPS) is a policy-oriented master's degree program focusing on international security issues, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century security ... [+]

Security Policy Studies (SPS) is a policy-oriented master's degree program focusing on international security issues, with a particular emphasis on 21st-century security challenges and how to respond to them. These include intensifying transnational challenges stemming from organized terrorist and criminal networks, human security problems stemming from fragile states, instability from technological developments including weapons proliferation and cyber threats, as well as climate change and health pandemics. Familiar challenges like major power rivalry and regional conflicts also require fresh strategic thinking to remain ahead of changing threat curves.

The SPS curriculum provides a strong grounding in the national security policy-making process, and our graduates build specialized knowledge that gives them an advantage in career development.... [-]

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Master

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The Elliott School’s Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) is an advanced professional degree for mid-career practitioners. Combining rigorous academic t ... [+]

Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.)

The Elliott School’s Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) is an advanced professional degree for mid-career practitioners. Combining rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills, the program prepares students for leadership roles in international public policy.

The M.I.P.P. program is anchored by foundation courses in international policy and economics and features flexible self-designed specializations that draw on the resources of a world-class university. Students develop analytical and leadership skills to formulate and implement international public policy, along with the ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively in cross-cultural settings.... [-]

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