24 months
1885 USD/credit 56550 USD/year
1885 USD/credit 56550 USD/year
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Master of Arts candidates in School of Media and Public Affairs study with leading political communication scholars and award-winning journalists. The Media and Strategic Communication program is offered at George Washington University.


Key facts

The Master of Arts in Media and Strategic Communication at George Washington University is designed for students interested in media and strategic political communication. Students gain a full understanding of how political actors use communication, as well as the history and theory behind how various forms of communication affect the operation of both governmental and non-governmental organizations. 

The focus on strategic political communication provides the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge as well as high-level networking opportunities to excel in a wide range of professional fields, including public opinion and policy analysis, advocacy communication, media, academia, and political public relations.

The program consists of 12 courses (36 credit hours) that combine core theoretical and media skills courses with opportunities to develop an area of specialization chosen by the student. It can be completed either full-time or part-time. Students take core courses (12 credit hours) in strategic communication, media theory, research methods and media skills. Students work with faculty advisors to tailor 18 elective credit hours toward their future goals. The remaining six credit hours are completed through a thesis or capstone project showcasing their expertise.

The School of Media and Public Affairs also offers a Master’s in Global Communication in conjunction with the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Media Effects, Public Opinion and Persuasion
  • Strategic Political Communication
  • Politics and Public Relations Fundamentals
  • Research Design
  • Analytics and Data Analysis for Strategic Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • One (1) recommendation required; more than one recommendation preferred.
  • Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
  • Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words
  • Current resumé required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    56550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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