Combined Degree Programs
Combined Degree: B.A. with M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication
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 Strategic Communication.
Interested students should consult with their advisor and the graduate program director, Dr. Silvio Waisbord.
The Master's in Media and Strategic Communication 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.
Brechner Graduate Scholarship in Media and Public Affairs
Brechner Graduate Scholarship in Media and Public Affairs is a merit-based tuition award specifically for combined degree students pursuing the B.A./M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication. The Brechner Graduate Scholarship will provide $20,000 toward graduate tuition for up to two students in the program.
Combined Program: B.A. with a Master's Degree in Political Management
The School of Media and Public Affairs and The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) offer a dual degree B.A./M.P.S. program designed for high-quality undergraduate students who are interested in careers in the field of Political Management. This dual degree program, by allowing the counting of credits for several courses towards both programs, permits both degrees to be granted in a shorter time and at lower cost than if both programs were pursued separately. This option is only available to George Washington University students.
SMPA and GSPM share a common commitment to nurturing students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in politics. GSPM graduate-level courses offer a clear and logical extension of many SMPA undergraduate courses.
Application to the dual degree program may be made by a SMPA undergraduate student in the third year of study at The George Washington University. Admission to the dual degree program allows the student to substitute two Political Management courses for the requirements of the SMPA undergraduate degree. The student will graduate from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Political Communication or a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, then continue to pursue a M.P.S. in Political Management at The Graduate School of Political Management.
SMPA Senior Year Curriculum
Students must meet all of the requirements of their respective SMPA program. Nothing in the 5-year program changes SMPA program.
During their senior year students must take two courses in Political Management that count toward their elective courses for the major. Students must take the following course from the Political Management curriculum:
- PMGT 6401 Fundamentals of Political Management
And choose one of the following courses:
- PMGT 6402 Applied Political Communications
- PMGT 6456 Speechcraft
- PMGT 6430 Campaign Strategy
SMPA majors can apply three semesters before graduation, typically in the second semester of their junior year, but on the application should select as their entry term the semester following the completion of their undergraduate degree.
- Apply online to the M.P.S. in Political Management under the College of Professional Studies
- Take the GRE during junior year (required if undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0; optional if undergraduate GPA is above a 3.0). Scores must be received by the admissions committee by June 15 prior to the start of senior year.
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