Combined Degree Programs
Combined Degree: B.A. with M.A. in Media and Public Affairs
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 and attain a higher level of skill and credentials before entering the job market.
SMPA undergraduate majors are able to accelerate the M.A. degree by double counting nine credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees -- providing substantial tuition savings and reducing the necessary credits for a Master's to 27. This comes out to seven additional three credit classes, plus six credits towards a capstone project or thesis.
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, Dr. Silvio Waisbord.
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.
Combined Program: B.A. with a Master's Degree in Political Management
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.