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 [email protected].
GW Students Applying to Major in SMPA
Once on campus for a year, sophomores in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) are eligible to apply to either SMPA program up to two times.
Applications for only one major per semester will be accepted. If the student does not get admitted on the first try, he or she can reapply a second and final time.
Please plan ahead as a letter of recommendation is required. A recommender who knows you and your work should email the letter to SMPA Student Services Specialist Marisa Mansueto at [email protected].
Fall 2021 Admission: Friday, February 26, 2021, 11:59pm EST (application will open on Friday, January 29, 2021)
Spring 2022 Admission: Sunday, October 3, 2021, 11:59pm EST (application will open on Friday, September 3, 2021)
Online Application Form
Statement of Purpose
One Letter of Recommendation
A completed CCAS Declaration of Major Form. Please make sure to fill it out completely. No other signatures on the form are required at this time except for the student signature. We recommend using a mobile scanning app or scanners at Gelman Library.
ESIA students who wish to double major in SMPA must fill out a ESIA Declaration of Second Major Form and submit it along with their application. The only signature needed at this time is that of the applicant.
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 available in the program 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. Only students in the Elliot School of International Affairs (ESIA) who wish to double major in ESIA and SMPA are exempt from transferring to CCAS.
FAQs for Current GW Students
Yes. Only students in the Elliot School of International Affairs (ESIA) who wish to double major in ESIA and SMPA are exempt from transferring to CCAS.
No. You can not double major in both Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Communication.
You must talk with an advisor 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. However, you can minor in Journalism and Mass Communication if you are a Political Communication major.
You can apply to SMPA a total of two times.
You can apply two more 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.
Applicants must have completed 30 credits but not more than 75 credits before applying.
No, you must have completed 30 credits in order to apply.
The minimum GPA to apply to SMPA is 3.0. Keep in mind that the GPA is not the only information we consider, so a GPA over 3.0 does not guarantee admission.
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.
Yes, we require a recommendation.
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.