Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication

As an internationally recognized center for research in media and democracy, the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) program at George Washington University offers a Master's of Arts (M.A.) for students seeking a rigorous grounding in the theory and practice of strategic political communication. Students learn how to achieve the goals of any organization or movement through innovative campaign tactics. Our program stands out from other communication M.A. programs in Washington with its unparalleled access to a faculty of experts and DC power players. Graduates use their skills not only to make a message heard, but to inspire social change. Learn more.




Master of Arts in Global Communication

student with Walter Roberts

Offered jointly by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), the M.A. in Global Communication combines the Elliott School's globally recognized academic excellence in international affairs with SMPA's strengths as a leading school of communication and journalism. The program, launched in Fall 2008, helps students understand the complex global information environment; its implications for governance, security, and business; and how to communicate effectively to global audiences.


Graduate Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking

The Documentary Center at The George Washington University encompasses all forms of documentary filmmaking: history, natural history, cultural, public affairs, social issue, and experimental. The six-month Graduate certificate program is both a theoretical and hands-on exploration of the documentary form. We have instructors who represent the wide array of talent inherent in the creation of non-fiction films: from writers to producers, directors, cinematographers, and editors. Participants in the Institute come from around the world, and admission is competitive and by application only. What all students share, however, is a commitment to create non-fiction stories and their expression in a visual form. 


For Students Interested in Ph.D. Studies

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. with a focus on political communication, we recommend you apply to the doctoral program in the Department of Political Science at GW. Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Political Science have the opportunity to work with faculty in the School of Media and Public Affairs. They can take advantage of the option to pursue a specialized minor in Political Communication. SMPA faculty whose work focuses on political communication and who are available to work with doctoral students include the following professors: Sean Aday, Catherine Bailard, Robert Entman, Kimberly Gross, Matthew Hindman, and Steven Livingston.

Sarah Ferris BA '14 speaks about her News21 Fellowship

During her fellowship at News21, Sarah Ferris, BA '14, worked with the news on a deeper level than most. She's from Newtown, Connecticut. She went to high school with the man responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on that terrible December day. So when Ferris investigated gun rights and regulations for her eight-month long project, she became more invested in the issue than one can imagine. Read about her experience here.

Sarah Ferris GWU SMPA alumni spotlight News21

This year's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is the highest form of recognition given by the George Washington University Alumni Association, and this year it goes to Adam Conner BA '06 and Neil Portnow BA '71. Both are members of the National Council for Media and Public Affairs. With diverse careers in media, politics, Facebook, and even music, each recipient has made a lasting impact on society through outstanding professional, voluntary, and philanthropic endeavors. Read more about their accomplishments here.

Adam Conner BA'06 and Neil Portnow BA '71 GWU SMPA alumni