Graduate Programs

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The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) offers graduate programs in Media and Strategic Communication, Global Communication and Documentary Filmmaking from a convenient location in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Our programs combine the theoretical and practical skills needed to advance your career with classes taught by expert faculty and accomplished industry professionals.

Degree programs offer flexible curriculums and evening classes that are easily accessible by Metro or a short walk from downtown. SMPA makes it easy to get a world-class education and advance your career while working full-time or in prestigious internships and fellowships.


Pick Your Program

Media and Strategic Communications Classroom

M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication

Prepare to achieve advocacy goals with a mix of core courses in communication skills and theory taught by leading professionals and faculty. Students develop and execute communications campaigns, messaging strategies and data analysis preparing to advance careers in government and non-profit communications, public relations and media research.

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M.A. in Global Communication

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


Student Work

Mike Hower, MA '16 in Nairobi, Kenya

From Silicon Valley to the Silicon Savannah

Mike Hower, M.A. ’16, traveled with Professor Steven Livingston to Nairobi, Kenya to visit Primoz Kovacic, M.A. '14, who runs a social enterprise called Spatial Collective. The organization is developing an app that allows communities to use GPS to identify problems and crowdsource solutions.