The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) gives students the unique opportunity to learn from expert faculty and high-profile guest lecturers in the classroom, mingle and hear from leaders in journalism and politics at events and do research abroad.
The admissions process for the school is different for graduate, undergraduate and internal and external transfer students. We also offer a combined degree program option for current undergraduate students interested in pursuing an accelerated master's degree in Media and Strategic Communication or Political Management.
Students can apply to the journalism and mass communication or political communication major on their undergraduate application or as a sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS).
The M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication is designed for students who are interested in the intersection between media, communication and politics. New and transfer graduate students, as well as current SMPA juniors and seniors, are eligible to apply.
SMPA students may elect to combine an undergraduate degree with an M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication offered by SMPA or an M.P.S. from the Graduate School of Political Management. By applying during the junior year, SMPA undergraduate students would graduate with both a B.A. and master's saving time and tuition costs.
Undergraduate students transferring from other universities may apply to SMPA when they apply to GW. Once on campus, any sophomore already in CCAS can apply to either the Journalism and Mass Communication or Political Communication major.