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 (November 15), Summer (April 15), or Fall (June 15) admissions deadline.

Compile Documents

In order to submit an application you must have the following items:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For students with less than a 3.0 there are additional requirements 
  • Official or certified copies of academic records
  • Current resume

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

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required if you are not a citizen of a country where English is the official language. To be considered for admission, the minimum required scores are as follows:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; for online education, an overall band score of 7.0 is required with no individual score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test; for online education, a score of 600 is required on the paper-based test and 100 is required for the internet-based test.
  • PTE Academic: 53; for online education, a score of 68 is required.

Once admitted to GSPM, you will have additional admittance requirements.

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.