Graduate Admissions

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Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., George Washington University's (GW) Corcoran School offers the extraordinary advantage of a rich urban tapestry made up of architecture, culture and a dynamic visual and performing arts scene. In addition to an inspiring environment, graduate students benefit from the top architectural and interior design firms, museums and other arts institutions that serve as extensions of the classroom. Students at the Corcoran gain unprecedented access to critical networking and internship opportunities and are regularly exposed to the vast collection of national treasures. Through these resources, we strive to prepare our graduates for rich, multidimensional careers in the 21st century.

Save the Date — Admitted Student Day

March 29 - 30, 2018 

For admitted graduate students we have two special days planned for you to experience what it’s like to be a part of our programs. Join us on Thursday, March 29, for program-specific information sessions, class observations, a tour of our spaces, and more! On Friday, March 30, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences welcomes you with student experience panels, financial aid information sessions, and additional opportunities to connect with your program. 

A link to register and a detailed program schedule will be emailed directly to admitted students. More information here.

How to Apply

Each graduate program within the Corcoran School looks for unique qualities within applicants, weighing creative accomplishments and artistic potential with academic record and life experience. Applications are accepted through GW’s online graduate application, but additional materials—such as a portfolio of work—may be required.

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Graduate Admissions Information

For general information about graduate studies at GW and the application process, please visit the GW Graduate Admissions website.

Any questions related to the graduate admissions process for Corcoran programs can be directed to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies.

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GW Graduate Application

Once you have decided to apply to the Corcoran School, the first step is to start your GW Common Application. The required materials will vary depending on your program of interest, and most request a portfolio in addition to academic records, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

Start your application today!

Program-specific Application Requirements

The Corcoran School is an incubator for artists, designers and scholars, who learn from internationally renowned faculty at the intersection of creativity and social innovation. Application requirements vary by program, and most request a portfolio in addition to academic records, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Whether your creative works are published or unpublished, the selection committee generally focuses on your ideas and imagination. Applicants without backgrounds in art or design often include photography, inspirational images, sketches or any other media that visually represents them. Some programs also interview applicants one-on-one to better understand their artistic vision.

Program-specific requirements can be found by clicking on your program of interest below or by using the GW Program Finder.

Graduate Degrees Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline for Fall 2018

Art History, MA    

January 5

Classical Acting, MFA

December 15

Decorative Arts & Design History, MA NEW Fall 2017

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Exhibition Design, MA

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Fine Arts, MFA

February 1

Interior Architecture, MFA

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship + assistantship]

Interaction Design, MA NEW Fall 2018 April 1

Museum Studies, MA

Certificate in Museum Studies

Certificate in Museum Collections Management & Care

February 1

Museum Collection Management Care Certificate's priority deadline is July 1 (with consideration through August 1)

New Media Photojournalism, MA

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Production Design, MFA

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Social Practices & Public Policy, MFA NEW Fall 2018




Visiting Us

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Graduate Admissions Tours

Prospective graduate and professional students are invited to visit GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. Register for a tour by visiting the Graduate Admissions event search page and selecting “Graduate Campus Tours” as the event category.

Schedule your visit >

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Virtual Tour

Navigate GW’s campuses and learn about the university's facilities and history through our Virtual Tour. This online tool offers interactive maps of Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, downtown D.C. and more!

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GW Resources

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Internships & Jobs

Because of GW’s collaboration with the nation’s most prestigious cultural institutionsas well as internships in museums and top design firmsthe Corcoran School offers opportunities like no other, inspiring students to create art and design with the potential to shape and influence the world beyond. 

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Financial Assistance

We know funding your education can be stressful. Graduate students can fund their education in various ways and often utilize multiple resources. 

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Career Services

The GW Career Center provides career and employment resources—including the GWork job listing service—to graduate students. Whether it’s an internship, work-study position, or finding a part-time job, the GW Career Center offers many online and in-person resources. 

International Services Office

International Services Office

GW is proud to host over 3,300 students, faculty, and staff from over 130 countries. The International Services Office (ISO) is the first stop for the GW international community and helps eliminate administrative challenges when studying in the U.S. ISO advisors host a variety of special events that highlight our diverse international student population. At GW, we are finding new ways to build an inclusive culture!