Master’s Admissions

The admissions process is competitive. Each application is reviewed individually and thoroughly. We believe in building a strong and diverse cadre of students through a selective and holistic review process. Our students come from all academic backgrounds and professional disciplines.

The following credentials are required for admission to our Master’s programs:

  • A conferred bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred.
  • Additional requirements vary by program. Please consult the academic program page for specific admissions criteria.

Official electronic transcripts should be directed to Please submit hardcopy transcripts and other application materials to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive, MS 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-9700
Fax: 703-993-2392

ProgramFall Application DeadlineSpring Application DeadlineDeadline for Scholarship or Assistantship Consideration
Political Science*February 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
Biodefense*May 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
MPAMay 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
MPPMay 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
International Security*May 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
International Commerce & PolicyMay 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
Peace OperationsMay 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
Transportation Policy, Operations, and LogisticsMay 1Dec. 1Feb. 1Nov. 1
Organization Development & Knowledge ManagementMay 1N/AFeb. 1N/A
Non-degreeAug. 1Dec. 22N/AN/A

*these programs require the GRE or GMAT for admissions consideration. All other programs require exam scores for scholarship consideration only.

International Applicants—For Spring 2016: One month prior to deadlines listed above. For admissions purposes, an international applicant is defined as any individual who has completed a degree outside of the United States.

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