Application Process

Thank you for your interest in GSPM, in order to make the process as smooth as possible, you will need to compile several documents before going through the steps necessary to submit an application before our Spring, Summer, or Fall admissions deadline.


Term of Entry International Application Deadline Priority Admission and Scholarship Deadline Student Receives Scholarship Decision General Admission Deadline
Fall May 1 May 1 June 1 June 15
Spring September 1 October 1 November 1 November 15
Summer N/A March 1* N/A

April 15

*GSPM can offer merit-based scholarships during the fall and spring semester terms only. Students entering their program in the summer may apply for scholarships the following fall.

Materials Checklist


All Applicants

  • Online Application
  • Transcript(s)
  • Updated Resumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • $80 Non-Refundable Application Fee


Some Applicants

  • GRE Test Scores or Work Portfolio with Descriptive Essay (only for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0)
  • International Transcript Evaluation (only for applicants who received their bachelor's degree from a university outside the United States)
  • English Language Test Scores (only for non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents)

International applicants have additional requirements and should consult the International Applicants page before starting an application.

Application Instructions

Assemble your online application

Be sure to upload the appropriate documents in their respective sections in the GW application portal.

Start Your Application

Establish credibility by providing copies of your transcripts

Upload unofficial copies of transcripts for any and all courses taken as part of your undergraduate degree. If you are admitted, you will then be asked to request official copies be sent to the university. Hard copies of official transcripts can be sent to the address below.

The George Washington University

College of Professional Studies

Office of Admissions

44983 Knoll Square, B56
Ashburn, VA 20147


Tell a story with your resume 

Give the review committee a sense of your professional and education background. Be sure to include any relevant experience.

Share your passion through a statement of purpose 

GSPM requires a 250-500 word statement of purpose for undertaking graduate education. Describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.

Show us your coalition with three recommendations

Identify three people that understand you and why you are pursuing graduate education. Get their email contact information to enter into the online application. The system will send an email to each individual with instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professional or academic reference. Additional letters will not improve your chance of admission.

Complete your online application and pay application fee

Complete and submit your application and pay a $80 non-refundable fee, which may be paid online by credit card, check, or money order made payable to The George Washington University. Print your name on the check or money order. Cash will not be accepted.

The application fee is waived if you are a:

  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be either mailed with your supporting documents or scanned and attached to your online application)
  • Student participating in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program

International Student Requirements

International applicants are required to submit additional application materials. Review all of the requirements and instructions on our International Applicants page.

Undocumented Student Requirements

Follow the process for admission, regardless of your country of citizenship, immigration status, residency or school location. The admissions process is confidential and immigration status is not considered by the admissions committee.  

For more information about applying as an undocumented individual, click here.

Requirements for students with less than a 3.0 GPA

If you want to apply, but have an overall undergraduate GPA, including transfer credits that is less than 3.0, you are required to do AT LEAST one of the following:

1. Take the GRE and request ETS to have official scores be sent to GWU (school code: 5246).

2. Submit a petition based on three or more years of relevant professional experience, consisting of a:

Descriptive Essay

In a descriptive essay of approximately 500 words, please describe in detail the nature, duties, and duration of your qualifying experience (as defined below) Please identify your direct supervisor and provide his/her current contact information.  This essay should also place the portfolio materials in a context that demonstrates, in the applicant's view, an aptitude for graduate study in the program where admission is sought.


A portfolio of work is a compilation of the most outstanding examples of your prior work, for example, research projects, writing samples or any published work. Your portfolio should include 1-3 pieces of work-related professional writing in the range of 500-1000 words.

Relevant experience is defined as follows:

A minimum of three years of full-time (35 or more hours per week), professional, management-level experience that includes some combination of program responsibility, independent decision-making authority, official high-level outside contacts, budgetary responsibility and/or supervisory authority. For the Public Relations program, the experience must be in a professional public relations capacity. “Relevant work experience” does not include internships, volunteering on a campaign, receptionist duties, or clerical responsibilities.