Admission deadlines: Fall: January 7th - Fellowship & Application Deadline
Spring: October 1st - Fellowship & Application Deadline
Applications for admission will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis after the fellowship deadlines have passed, but students will not be considered for fellowships.
Standardized test scores: GRE/GMAT test-optional
Recommendations required: Two (2) letters are required. Applicants should submit one (1) academic letter from a professor and one (1) professional reference.
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 and choose to enroll.
If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application. Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission and choose to enroll.
Statement of purpose: All applicants are required to submit an essay of approximately 500 words that answers one of the two questions below:
State your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals, and what unique skills, talents and/or perspectives you will bring to your program. Please be specific.
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Please discuss an issue of international importance you wish to address in your professional career. Please include how the Elliott School and the academic program to which you have applied will prepare you to address this global issue.
Additional requirements: A resumé or curriculum vitae is required. Resumés/CVs must include dates of employment (if applicable) and date of degree conferral or expected degree conferral.
International applicants only: PLEASE NOTE: International applicants who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.
International Applicants may be required to submit official English Language tests scores with their application. Please see the Elliott School's English Language Requirements for guidance on whether you need to take the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE. Please send official TOEFL scores to institution code 5246.
The minimum English Language Test Requirements can be found below:
Eligible for Admission & requires EAP Courses:
IELTS- 7.0 overall score, no band score below 6.0
TOEFL- 100 (internet test) 600 (paper test)
PTE- 68
Eligible for Admission & Exempt from EAP Courses**:
IETLS- 7.0 overall score, no band score below 6.5
TOEFL- 105 (internet test) 650 (paper test)
PTE- 72
**Spring applicants must receive at least these scores to be considered for admission.
Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: a minimum of 15 credits, including one 3-credit core course and 12 credits in courses for a self-designed science and technology specialization.

At least four of the five courses required for the certificate must be taught by faculty in the International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP) MA program. The fifth course can also be chosen from this list or from other related university offerings, in consultation with the program director.

Core course (3 credits)
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
Science and technology specialization (12 credits)
Students work with the program director to develop a self-designed science and technology specialization consisting of four 3-credit courses. At least three of these courses must be selected from the following, which are listed in order of relevance and fit for the ISTP Graduate Certificate program of study:
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Economics of Technological Change. Same as ECON 6255)
IAFF 6143Science and Technology Policy Analysis
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6146Space Law
or LAW 6548 Air and Space Law
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6152Energy Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Economics of Space)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science Diplomacy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Artificial Intelligence and Non-Proliferation)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Cybersecurity)