The School of Media and Public Affairs offers a combined degree for students who wish to pursue the study of strategic political communication in greater depth at the Master's level. It allows SMPA undergraduate majors to complete the MA degree in less time by double counting nine credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees -- providing substantial tuition savings. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 overall GPA and apply to the combined degree program in the second semester of the junior year. Students do not need to take the GRE to apply for the combined degree program with a Master's in Media and Public Affairs. Interested students should consult with their advisor and the graduate program director.
The Master's in Media and Public Affairs is designed for students interested in media and strategic political communication. Students gain a full understanding of how political actors use communication, as well as the history and theory behind how various forms of communication affect the operation of both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) and The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) have created a combined degree BA/MPS program. This option is only available to GW students. SMPA and GSPM share a common commitment to nurturing students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in political management and legislative affairs. GSPM graduate-level courses offer logical extension of many SMPA undergraduate courses, so your education can continue right down the hall from where it started at GW.