School of Media and Public Affairs Transfer Application

Form Instructions

1) Read the ENTIRE form before beginning to fill it out and prepare all your materials ahead of time. You cannot save your work and return later. By filling out this form, you agree that you understand all the transfer admission guidelines on this page.

2) If you do not receive a confirmation page that says "Your submission is complete," then your submission did not work. Please try the process again before contacting us.

3) We can only accept files in the formats listed.

4) You can print your full unofficial transcript from GWeb and scan it, or print it to a .pdf and submit that. It must be your FULL unofficial transcript, not just the current semester.

5) A completed CCAS Declaration of Major/Minor Form is required for this application. You can find it on the CCAS website. No other signatures on the form are required at this time except for student applicant's signature. To upload this form properly, you will need to print it, fill out both pages, sign it, and scan it into a .doc or a .pdf file to upload below. Gelman Library has scanner access. If you are having scanner difficulties, the SMPA front desk can scan it for you but requests for scans will not be accepted on the day of the application deadline.

6) Transfer applicants who were at GW in fall 2014 and/or spring 2015 have the option of fulfilling either SMPA’s 2014 curriculum requirements or the fall 2015 and beyond requirements. The required courses for each are slightly different. For guidance on this choice, please see the curriculum worksheets on the lower right-hand side of the page for Journalism or for Political Communication.

Questions or problems? Email Jen Halpin at [email protected].

Important note: If you have selected a school as your current school or college that is NOT CCAS, your admission to SMPA is only valid once you have applied to and been accepted by CCAS as your primary/home school. You cannot major in SMPA with another school or college other than CCAS as your primary school.
Transfer applicants who were at GW in fall 2014 and/or spring 2015 have the option of fulfilling either SMPA’s 2014 curriculum requirements or the fall 2015 and beyond requirements. The required courses for each are slightly different. For guidance on this choice, please see item #6 in the instructions of this form.
SMPA 2110W, Intro to News Writing and Reporting, is a required prerequisite course for all Journalism and Mass Communication applicants but not for Political Communication applicants. Grade of B or higher is required. (You may apply while taking the course.) If applying to JMC, please state above your grade in SMPA 2110 or if you are currently taking the course write "in progress." Political Communication applicants can leave blank.
Please include your Professor's name for this course.
Co-requisite courses are recommended but not required for application. Please list above any of the following classes by the class name and number that you have taken along with your grade or designate by class name and number any classes that are currently "In process" -- If there are none, say "none" -- American Studies 2010 & 2011 or American History 1310 & 1311; Political Science 1002; Political Science 1001 or Political Science 1003; Statistics 1053
When uploading files, please upload a .doc or a .pdf file ONLY and make sure the file name contains no spaces.
When uploading files, please upload a .doc or a .pdf file ONLY and make sure the file name contains no spaces.
Please submit a single-spaced typed, short essay (1.5 pages maximum), summarizing your qualifications and accomplishments and stating your reasons for wishing to major in Journalism and Mass Communication or Political Communication. When uploading files, please upload a .doc or a .pdf file ONLY and make sure the file name contains no spaces.
When uploading files, make sure the file name contains no spaces. You may upload a .gif, .jpg, or a .pdf, file under 20 MB.

One letter of recommendation is required.  Please choose a recommend-er who knows you and your work, and ask him or her to email the letter to [email protected].  Dr. Phalen will add this to your application.

Journalism applicants should submit one or two examples of their best journalistic work in any medium. Published work is preferred (including online published work, blog posts, etc.). Class assignments will be accepted if no published work is available.