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Graduate Programs


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The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) is a leading organization in the field of public diplomacy and global communication. Based at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and jointly administered out of the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Institute provides a forum for faculty, students, and working professionals on global issues in the following areas:

  • Interactions between new media, national security, and public diplomacy
  • U.S. foreign policy priorities in the developing world
  • Challenges to whole-of-government public diplomacy and strategic communication
  • Global perspectives and approaches to public diplomacy
  • Gender issues in security, communication, and diplomacy

Some of our activities include speaker and panel events; media training workshops for international delegations; and graduate scholarships, all of which promote the greater understanding and practice of public diplomacy, or the relationship between governments and foreign publics.

The Institute was established in 2005 through the generous support of the Walter Roberts Endowment, named after the late diplomat and celebrated public diplomacy practitioner, Dr. Walter Roberts.

Public Diplomacy Fellows

Since 2010, the Institute has hosted a Senior Foreign Service Officer as a Public Diplomacy Fellow each academic year to teach an undergraduate course in public diplomacy and serve as a connection between the academic community and the U.S. State Department. View our current and past fellows.

Global Communication M.A. program

In addition to public events and activities, the Institute also supports the Global Communication Master of Arts program, which is offered jointly through the Elliott School of International Affairs and the School of Media and Public Affairs. The two-year program features a concentration track in Public Diplomacy, in which students can learn about the history and practice of U.S. public diplomacy. Learn more.

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