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Graduate Admissions

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., George Washington University's 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.

Each of our graduate programs are looking for candidates with unique qualities. You'll need to follow the general graduate application process and apply through GW's online application. Additional materials—such as a portfolio of work—may be required. Check the program you're applying to and see what else you must submit. 




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Program Information Sessions and Open Houses
dates vary by program

Throughout the fall and early spring, we offer several opportunities for you to learn more about our programs, including on-campus events and online information sessions.

Information Sessions and Events by Program

Columbian College Graduate Open House
Friday, October 25, 2019

The Columbian College Office of Graduate Studies will host a Graduate Program Open House on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The day will include a Welcome session; General Infomation Sessions about Housing, Applications, and Funding; a Program and Student Services Fair; Lunch; and Campus Tours. Event details will be confirmed via email after registration.

Corcoran graduate programs that are participating are:

MA in Art History
MA in Exhibition Design
MA in New Media Photojournalism
MFA in Interior Architecture
MFA in Fine Arts
MFA in Social Practice


Save the Date — Admitted Student Day
March 26-27, 2020

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 26, for program-specific information sessions, class observations, a tour of our spaces, and more! On Friday, March 27, 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.

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An application for admission is required for all graduate programs. Detailed information about the application process, including the general application process and document requirements for domestic and international students, is provided on the Columbian College Graduate Admissions website.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Application Process



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 and deadlines vary by program. Depending on the program, you may be asked to submit test scores, varying numbers of recommendation letters and other materials. Several Corcoran programs require a portfolio, and 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.

Carefully review the admission requirements and deadlines for your program by visiting the program page in the GW Graduate Program Finder.








There are various opportunities available through the Corcoran School and GW that can help you fund your education. From potential assistantships to federal loans and scholarships, we have dedicated offices and people here to help you find options.

Office of Student Financial Assistance   

Assistantships & Fellowships   


Each year, the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences offers tuition awards of up to $24,000 per academic year to applicants from around the world.  To learn more about eligibility and application deadlines, please visit the website.

International Graduate Funding


Columbian College offers funding assistance to qualified students who have graduated from an eligible minority-serving institution (MSI). The MSI Award provides an application fee waiver and a tuition award of at least 40 percent to qualified students who are applying to a Columbian College graduate program.

More About MSI AwardS 


Each year, in addition to funding opportunities through Columbian College, incoming graduate students are automatically considered for a variety of endowed scholarship funding opportunities. Corcoran Endowed Scholarships are renewable and can be combined with other GW scholarships such as Columbian College Dean's Awards. Corcoran Endowed Scholarships are available to full-time and part-time students.

Award amounts vary depending on additional sources of funding, but these awards typically range from $10,000-20,000 per year.

Eugene and Renee Weisz Scholarship Endowment
Christina Wise-Mohr Scholarship Endowment

Richard Lahey and Carlotta Gonzalez Lahey Memorial Fund
Erna Neeves Scholarship Fund
Leonard A Haft Memorial Fund Endowment Gift
Raymond Kruger Memorial Scholarship
Myra Miller Groobert Memorial Scholarship Fund
Arthur J. Ellis Endowment Fund
Gene Davis Scholarship Fund
C.V. Starr Scholarship Fund
Clarice and Robert Smith Scholarship Fund
Julia and Thomas Saltz Scholarship Endowment
Noche Crist Scholarship Endowment



Anna Rawls (M.A., New Media Photojournalism, '21)

Anna Rawls is a Graduate Ambassador for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, which includes the Corcoran School. She writes about her experience at GW:

"Hoping to enter into a multimedia career, I chose GW for its location, diversity and opportunity. My first encounters with the school proved that while it is located in the bustling political and cultural environment of D.C., your unique background and perspectives are never overlooked by faculty and staff. At GW, you are seen, challenged and inspired. Aside from teaching, many of my professors have distinguished jobs in the field. This unique opportunity brings constant insight and perspectives to our learning and the work we do as students both in and outside of the classroom. Every aspect of my program is hands-on and intentional, allowing me to engage with people and topics throughout the city while purposefully honing my skills as a photographer and visual storyteller. I know that I would not be able to attain the same level of guidance or exposure from any other graduate university, and I am thankful to be a part of such an uplifting network of knowledge and resources."

Anna Rawls