Transfer Admissions

Non-GW Students

The School of Media and Public Affairs offers a one-of-a-kind location and access to distinguished faculty, high-profile events and amazing internship opportunities in the heart of Washington, D.C. — the perfect combination for students interested in Journalism and Mass Communication or Political Communication. Students transferring from other universities can apply to the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) on their application to GW. Graduate transfer students interested in the Media and Strategic Communication M.A. program should contact us at


GW Students Applying to Major in SMPA

Once on the campus, any GW sophomore already in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) can apply to either the Journalism and Mass Communication or Political Communication major. Applications for only one major per semester will be accepted. If a student does not get admitted on the first try, he or she can reapply a second and final time. Students who were not accepted into the program as high school applicants can apply twice more while they are at GW and have equal standing with other applicants.

SMPA typically receives many transfer applications each semester and students are judged against other applicants at the time of their application. Please note that admission is selective. The number of students accepted per semester is limited and varies depending on space and qualifications of the applicants. Applications will not be accepted from students who have earned fewer than 30 or more than 75 credit hours.

Sophomore applicants for the Journalism and Mass Communication major must take or be currently enrolled in SMPA 2110, Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting, and earn a grade of B or better to be accepted into the program.

Students interested in applying to SMPA as a GW transfer who are not already in CCAS must visit the CCAS Advising Office and apply to transfer into CCAS as their primary college. Acceptance into SMPA is contingent upon acceptance into CCAS.

Questions about the process? View the FAQs or send your questions to the SMPA front desk,


Apply to Transfer

Transfer Deadlines

Spring 2017: Friday, October 6, 2017
Fall 2018: Friday, February 23, 2017 


FAQs for Current GW Students

You must talk with an adviser in your school before becoming a JMC minor, but as long as your home school accepts the credits from CCAS, you should be fine.

No — we don’t accept internal transfer applications from current freshmen.  The best time to apply is first or second semester sophomore year, after you complete as many general requirements and co-requisite courses as you can.

You can apply to SMPA a total of two times.

No.  You have to choose one or the other.

We hope you know which major is best for you before applying. However, if you decide to change majors within SMPA you have to re-apply to the other major.

A committee made up of SMPA faculty will evaluate your application and recommend acceptance or non-acceptance. Professor Matthew Hindman is the chairman of this committee.

Applicants must have completed 30 credits, but not more than 75 credits before applying.

Everything we ask of you counts toward the admission decision. Make sure to take the time to write an excellent essay, and apply when your GPA is strong.

You should ask someone who knows you well and is familiar with your academic promise and your passion for the subject. Ask yourself who would write the strongest recommendation for you.

You should take this course before you apply or during the semester in which you apply. Admission is contingent on receiving a grade of B or better in this course.

Yes. Please include one or two examples of your best journalistic work. Published work is preferred (article, blog post, etc), but class assignments will be accepted if no published work is available.