The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs

Introduction

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

This school offers programs in:
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Master of Arts in Asian Studies

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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’s growing significance in the 21st century is certain. Its unprecedented economic and demographic growth is transforming what was for centuries a predominantly agricultural region. Urbanization and international trade are major drivers of the continent’s burgeoning centrality in international relations. Problems still endure, however, as the continent is home to many of the world’s most intractable geopolitical flashpoints and the benefits of economic development remain unevenly distributed. The Elliott School’s Asian Studies program prepares students to navigate this dynamic environment and address complex diplomatic, economic, security, and cultural issues. Is this program for you? The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Asian Studies has a unique, comprehensive curriculum that allows for both regional and functional specializations. This rigorous, interdisciplinary program blends the policy-specific and academic skills that are vital to careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Our renowned faculty includes more than 90 individuals whose expertise spans the foreign affairs, security and policy, language and culture, economics, and history of East, Southeast, and South Asia. The program boasts a diverse array of course offerings such as: The Chinese Military, International Relations of South Asia, Education in Islamic Asia, and Modern Southeast Asian History, just to name a few. [-]

Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies

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The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) provides students with an interdisciplinary approach that is vital for a deep understanding of these important regions. [+]

In the vast geopolitical realm that stretches from the British Isles to Siberia and from the Nordic regions to the Mediterranean, powerful forces are pushing for political, social, and economic change. EU member states and their neighbors confront a host of domestic challenges ranging from economic reform and social diversity to terrorism and separatism. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States stand at different points along the path of transition from communism to new political institutions. A web of political, economic, security, and societal connections increasingly links various parts of Europe and Eurasia with one another, as well as with the wider global community. In view of these dynamic interactions, it is essential to study Europe and Eurasia in conjunction with each other. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) provides students with an interdisciplinary approach that is vital for a deep understanding of these important regions. The EES curriculum combines required courses with a variety of electives that allow students to pursue individual professional goals and intellectual interests. This multifaceted program encompasses academic approaches to European and Eurasian affairs and develops practical analytical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs. Is this program for you? The EES program is ideal for students seeking a rigorous academic program and an opportunity to develop professional skills for the workplace. It is unique in that it combines the study of the European and Eurasian regions. Classes meet in the evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals and students pursuing daytime internships in Washington, DC. EES alumni are employed in government, the private sector, NGOs, and international organizations. [-]

Master of Arts in Global Communication

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The M.A. in Global Communication helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively to global audiences. [+]

As the world has become increasingly interconnected, American and international policymakers have rediscovered the crucial importance of communicating with foreign publics, understanding international media and public opinion, and finding new and better ways to exercise “Smart Power” abroad. Offered jointly by GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively to global audiences. Is this program for you? The Global Communication program is ideal for those seeking to navigate the global information environment. The program is particularly attractive to students interested in, among other things: learning how to design effective advocacy and information campaigns around issues ranging from public health to national security; understanding the intersection between media, foreign affairs, and public opinion; and those interested in careers in public diplomacy and other forms of advocacy communication. [-]

Master of Arts in International Affairs

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The largest graduate program within the Elliott School, the MAIA program prepares students for a broad range of careers in the international arena. The program combines courses in both theory and practice, which are taught by renowned scholars and leading practitioners in the field of international affairs. [+]

The Elliott School’s M.A. program in International Affairs (MAIA) provides students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of contemporary issues in international affairs and an in-depth knowledge of at least one specialty in a policy issue or regional area. The largest graduate program within the Elliott School, the MAIA program prepares students for a broad range of careers in the international arena. The program combines courses in both theory and practice, which are taught by renowned scholars and leading practitioners in the field of international affairs. Students can take advantage of numerous internship opportunities in the Washington, DC, area to supplement their academic training with relevant experience. MAIA alumni have careers in diplomacy, policy analysis, public service, non-profit organizations, business, security, conflict resolution, development, economic policy, and public health. Is this program for you? The MAIA program is ideal for students who want to deepen their knowledge of international affairs theory and practice, those who seek advanced careers in the international arena, and/or those who wish to add an international dimension to their educational and professional background. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum combines foundation and elective courses selected to each student’s professional goals and intellectual interests. Most classes meet in the evening to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals or to encourage students to pursue daytime internships in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. [-]

Master of Arts in International Development Studies

Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA District of Columbia + 1 more

The Elliott School M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) prepares students for careers in international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. [+]

Steps from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Elliott School engages the Washington and global policy communities in meaningful discussions of development policy. The Elliott School M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) prepares students for careers in international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. This program trains the next generation of development practitioners, exposing them to the latest research, best practices from the field, and experiential learning opportunities. Is this program for you? The IDS program fosters its students to be engaged, morally intelligent, and committed to improving the human condition. IDS students are taught to think critically but creatively about development and are intensely engaged with today’s cutting-edge developmental issues. Most IDS students have some development experience, or at least experience in the developing world, and are seeking career advancement. The program also attracts some exceptional students who are new to development studies. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines foundation and elective courses selected to the student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. The program is structured as a cohort, where students take special courses exclusively offered to IDS students. Most classes meet in the evening to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, or to encourage students to pursue daytime internships and employment in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. [-]

Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy

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At the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, we offer a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy that is one of the most prominent programs of its kind in the world. Our students receive more than just a classroom education in policy analysis, research methods, and issues in science and technology; they also learn about the global impacts of these policies and put them to practice in the Washington, DC, science and technology community. [+]

Scientific and technological advances are critical to international competitiveness, improvements in the quality of life around the world, and national growth. In today’s global economy, few fields of policy studies are more pivotal to the world of international affairs than that of science and technology policy. Most universities place their science and technology policy programs within schools of public policy or engineering. At the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, we offer a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy that is one of the most prominent programs of its kind in the world. Our students receive more than just a classroom education in policy analysis, research methods, and issues in science and technology; they also learn about the global impacts of these policies and put them to practice in the Washington, DC, science and technology community. Is this program for you? Our students study everything from biotechnology and nanotechnology to information technology and the Internet, from security issues to international development, from energy and environmental concerns to space policy. Our program gives students the tools and training to understand the importance of science, technology, and innovation to pressing societal and economic issues and the skills to apply these policies in almost any setting. The program’s flexible curriculum combines required courses and electives selected to meet a student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. Classes meet in the evenings, accommodating the busy schedules of working professionals and allowing students to pursue daytime internships or employment in government, the private sector, non-profits, and international organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. [-]

Master of Arts in International Trade and Investment Policy

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The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the appropriate foundations to study the issues at the heart of the global economic system. [+]

As the global economy becomes increasingly interconnected, the international rules governing trade, finance, business, and development are becoming more important. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the appropriate foundations to study the issues at the heart of the global economic system. Students combine core coursework in economics, political science, and quantitative analysis with courses in the fields of international economic policy, finance, international business, or economic development, as well as foreign-language proficiency. With this solid background, ITIP students find careers in a wide variety of corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, consulting companies, and NGOs. Is this program for you? ITIP is ideal for students seeking a comprehensive exposure to the economic skills required in policymaking or business administration. The program’s core curriculum provides students the necessary foundation to study more advanced economic policy, and the diverse concentrations allow ITIP students to customize the program to meet their own unique professional goals and intellectual interests. Classes meet in the evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals or to encourage students to pursue daytime internships in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. [-]

Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

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The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. [+]

Despite impressive democratization and economic growth within much of Latin America and the Caribbean in recent decades, serious problems such as poverty, inequality, ethnic cleavage, crime, political violence, and illicit drug flows persist; while new issues, including those linked to climate change, resource competition, and natural disasters have emerged. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. The program’s design and location facilitate employment at a broad spectrum of organizations based in Washington, DC, as well as elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. Is this program for you? LAHS is ideal for students seeking a rigorous academic program and an opportunity to develop professional skills for the workplace. The program’s curriculum combines required courses and electives selected to meet a student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. Classes meet in the evenings, accommodating the busy schedules of working professionals and allowing students to pursue daytime internships in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. [-]

Master of Arts in Middle East Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA District of Columbia

The Master of Arts in Middle East Studies program combines a rigorous academic foundation in the study of the Middle East with a strong professional orientation. [+]

There are few issues in international affairs that do not involve the Middle East. We aim to train our students to develop a solid understanding of the region — its history, cultures, conflicts, and contributions — drawing on the breadth and depth of GW's faculty expertise on the region. The Master of Arts in Middle East Studies program combines a rigorous academic foundation in the study of the Middle East with a strong professional orientation. Bridging the theory and practice of international affairs, the program will prepare students for careers in government, the private sector, and international and nongovernmental organizations. The curriculum includes a range of courses covering the history, politics, economics, international relations and cultures of the societies and nations of the Middle East. In consultation with the program director, each student will develop a program of study that combines a broad overview of the region through a set of core courses, along with a more specialized field based on the student's specific academic and career interests. In addition, completion of the M.A. in Middle East Studies requires demonstrated oral and reading proficiency in a language of the Middle East region. The Elliott School also offers graduate students who are enrolled in the Master of Arts in International Affairs program a concentration option in the Middle East region. [-]

Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies

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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 the security challenges for the 21st century and how to respond to them. [+]

Security Policy Studies (SPS) is a policy-oriented master's degree program focusing on international security issues, with a particular emphasis on the security challenges for the 21st century and how to respond to them. These challenges include but are not limited to: weapons of mass destruction proliferation, transnational threats, terrorism, changing regional power dynamics, weak and failing states, international crime, effectively linking security and development, and ensuring U.S. national security. The curriculum provides strong grounding in the national security and defense policy-making process. Students choose two specific concentrations — which can range from transnational security issues to conflict resolution to defense analysis. Students also have the option of emphasizing a particular region, such as East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America, by selecting a regional field as one of their two concentrations. The program's faculty includes internationally recognized authorities in international security, defense policy, foreign policy, the national security policy process, and regional and transnational security issues. Through its academic and professional skills development courses this program can open doors to future employment in the security policy institutions of the federal government, in the private sector, in international organizations such as NATO, and in the many think tanks and non-profit institutions engaged in security policy work. [-]

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Elliott School of International Affairs

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Washington, DC 20052, United States
Website http://elliott.gwu.edu/
Phone +1 202-994-6240