Political Management Degree Requirements

Our Political Management master’s program offers a cutting-edge hands-on curriculum, that teaches the “how” and not the “what” of politics.

▪ Twelve courses (36 credit hours)
▪ Offered in person at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus or fully online
▪ Designed for working professionals, classes conveniently meet Monday through Thursday evenings 
Along with a rigorous core curriculum, we offer electives across the three topical clusters below

All courses 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.


The program is designed to help students meet specific career goals. Students may choose to focus their coursework in one of the following areas, or work with the program director to select courses from several areas to meet individual aspirations.

Applied Proficiencies: If you are interested in becoming a pollster, communications consultant, or fundraiser, the Applied Proficiencies cluster will provide the flexibility to customize and hone important skills in a specific area. And, with the permission of the program director, students may design a three-course sequence that includes courses from each concentration.

Advocacy Politics: If you want to pursue a career in lobbying, grassroots organizing, public affairs, or non-profit operations, the Advocacy Politics cluster will teaches the skills needed to immediately start shaping policy outcomes.

Electoral Politics: If you interested in running for political office or planning to manage political campaigns, the Electoral Politics cluster offers a solid foundation for success at the local, national or international level.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (5 courses, 15 to 18 credit hours)

PMGT 6401  Fundamentals of Political Management
PMGT 6402  Applied Political Communications 
PMGT 6403  Political Data and Analytics
PMGT 6404  Principled Political Leadership


PMGT 6495  Political Power and Practice (3 credit hours)
PMGT 6498-99  Thesis Research (6 credit hours)


With your advisor's approval you may also take electives outside the program. Many classes in the Legislative Affairs or the Strategic Public Relations programs would make excellent electives for Political Management students. Some students also take courses at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, or the School of Business.