Diversity and Inclusion at GW

Please Note: The vendor contracted by GW to process graduate applications currently employs a binary item to inquire about applicant gender. We have approached the contractor requesting a change in wording to be inclusive of transgender and gender non-binary applicants. They have not yet made a revision, but we will follow up with the contractor for resolution on this issue. In the meanwhile, applicants must respond to the item with either “Male” or “Female”. We apologize for this unfortunate circumstance and regret that we are not able to directly make changes to the application form.

How to Apply

Application Information


Applications for the 2020-2021 LGBT Health Policy & Practice graduate certificate program are now open!

Start your application today! In the online form you will first need to create an online account. Then, select "Graduate Program: Columbian College" and then select "LGBT Health P&P." In addition, please select "Summer 2020."

The academic pre-requisite for this program is a completed bachelor’s degree (or on track for completion by June 1, 2020). The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required for this program.

After completing the online application form, you will need to submit:

All applications are processed on a rolling basis. After your materials have been received we will contact you for an interview, which can be conducted in-person, by phone, or by Skype.

Financial Aid: Our program has an internal scholarship program for LGBT Health Policy & Practice students.  If you apply before February 15th, you are automatically considered for this scholarship fund. For information on scholarships, grants, and financial assistance, visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance page.

Capstone Project Proposal:  Prior to their interviews, we ask that applicants prepare a statement about their preliminary concepts for a Capstone project. It is not necessary for you to have a fully developed proposal. However, at minimum you should be prepared to discuss one or two ideas you have in mind.  To do this, we ask applicants to review the Capstone Questionnaire and prepare a brief reply. If you do not yet have an idea for your Capstone project, use this space for brainstorming about possibilities. 
Contact for questions about your application:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

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Important Dates & Deadlines

Earlier applications receive priority consideration.

February 15
Deadline to apply in order to be considered for tuition assistance


March 30
International students deadline to apply in order to facilitate visas


March 30
Funding Awards decision announced


April 15
Deadline to accept tuition assistance offer


May 1
Final application deadline


Enrollment Deadline
May 1st, OR within two weeks of date of admission