How to Apply to a Combined Undergrad/Grad Degree Program

If you are a current GW undergraduate in a participating major, you may apply to one of our combined degree programs.We suggest you begin your application in the fall of your 3rd (junior) year, with all materials turned in by February 1 of your 3rd year. Your complete application consists of the following:

  1. Unofficial transcript
    Please submit a copy of your unofficial transcript at GW, as well as transcripts from any other institutions you have attended while pursuing your BA. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for consideration and successful applicants typically have a 3.5 or higher.
  2. Resume
    Please provide a 1-page standard resume describing relevant work experience and skills.
  3. Statement of purpose (500 words)
    In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking the MPA degree. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application, or resume.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
    Academic recommendations are preferred, but professional recommendations are also acceptable.  In all cases, recommenders should be individuals who have evaluated your work.  Letters should be emailed directly to Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Denee Bottoms ([email protected]) or submitted in hard copy in signed, sealed envelopes to the address below.
  5. Approval form
    The form is the approval for application from the undergrad degree to the MPA or MPP program and requires the signature of the undergraduate major program director before submitting with your application. Download the form, complete all sections through student signature, then e-mail it to the undergraduate program director. Upon acceptance into the program, the MPA or MPP Program Director will sign and submit the form to the CCAS Dean’s office on your behalf.
  6. Optional: GRE scores
    The GRE is not required for admission.  However, if you feel that your GRE score will strengthen your application, you may send your scores directly from ETS (code 5246).

Please combine all documents, except letters (which may be emailed or mailed separately by your recommenders), into one pdf document and label the file with your last name.  Email your application to the Trachtenberg School's Assistant Director of Graduate Studies, Denee Bottoms ([email protected]).  Alternatively, packets (and/or letters) may be turned in as hard copies to:

Ms. Denee Bottoms
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration
805 21st Street, NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20052