Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

The Graduate School of Political Management offers dual degree programs that combine one of our master's programs with a GW undergraduate degree program or graduate certificate. They are designed for GW students who are interested in careers in the fields of Legislative Affairs or Political Management.

In the undergraduate program, credits from three courses count towards your undergraduate and graduate requirements, so that both degrees can be granted in a shorter time and at a lower cost than if both were pursued separately. The graduate certificate program allows students to recieve both a master's degree and graduate certificate.

These dual degree programs are only available to GW students.


Dual Degree: Master's and Undergraduate Degree

Confers B.A. in Political Science and M.P.S. in Political Management

Substitutes three undergraduate courses for graduate courses

Eligible for application after 60 credit hours at GW

Confers B.A. in Political Science and M.P.S. in Legislative Affairs

Substitutes three undergraduate courses for graduate courses

Eligible for application after 60 credit hours at GW

Confers B.A. in Political Communication or Journalism and Mass Communication and M.P.S. in Political Management

Substitutes two undergraduate courses for graduate courses

Eligible for application after 60 credit hours at GW


Dual Degree: Master's and Graduate Certificate

Our graduate dual degree program confers an M.P.S. in Political Management and a graduate certificate in Survey Design and Data Analysis (SODA) from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

GSPM political management students must apply for the SODA certificate program prior to completing 24 credit hours of their 36 credit-hour master's programs. These students also must have already completed a minimum of nine graduate credit hours in the political management program, including PMGT 6403: Political Data and Analytics. Contact Political Management Program Director Michael Cohen for more details.  


Undergraduate-Graduate Dual Degree Admissions Requirements

  • Be a declared Political Science or SMPA major
  • Complete 60 credit hours at GW (does not include transfer credits)
  • Have a 3.3 GPA

Admissions Process

After completing 60 credits at GW, contact the Director of Academic Administration Suzanne Farrand with:

  • Your current academic standing (ex: second semester junior)
  • The program you want to pursue (ex: Political Science / Legislative Affairs)
  • Your intended graduation date (ex: May 2016)
  • A brief paragraph indicating why you are interested in the dual degree program (250-500 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation. Two of the three letters of recommendation required must be from Political Science/SMPA faculty.
  • Contact the relevant GSPM program director

Please note:

  • GRE is not required if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is a 3.0 or higher
  • Your graduate application fee will be waived.
  • Once you submit your application, send an email to the corresponding program director letting them know that your application has been submitted