Admission Requirements

Students applying should meet the graduate entrance requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. See below for the necessary entrance criteria for your program of interest.

Admission to SEAS Online graduate programs is granted on a competitive basis. Admission decisions are made holistically, whereby the faculty reviews each individual’s application file to assess the prospective student’s likelihood of success.
Success is measured by the basic requirements for admission, as well as by such nonnumerical factors as academic background, work experience, letters of recommendation, challenges overcome, extracurricular involvement, special talents, writing ability and many other criteria, to determine the overall strength of the application.
Applicants whose grades or test scores fell below the numbers required for admission have gone on to succeed in our graduate programs, so we do not automatically deny admission based on quantifiable qualifications. At the same time, meeting minimum admission criteria doesn’t automatically result in admission. Application files are evaluated for how they stand out among the other applicants to the program, and for what the applicant can bring to the GW community. Thus, an application file that does not quite meet all the numerical admission requirements can be approved over one that does, and vice versa, because of the holistic admission process.

Masters Programs

Ideal candidates for admission will meet the following requirements:

Program Requirements
M.Eng. in Cloud Computing Management A bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, economics, business administration, IT with a minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale).
M.Eng. in Cybersecurity Analytics A bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, economics, business administration, IT with a minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale).

At least one course in college-level calculus and one course in college-level statistics with a grade of C or better*.

M.Eng. in Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance A bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of B- (2.7 or better on 4.0 scale) or higher.

Work experience in an IT field for those who do not hold a degree in a technical discipline

M.S. in Electrical Engineering A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field with a grade point average of B- (2.7 or better on 4.0 scale) or higher.
M.S. in Engineering Management A bachelor’s degree in engineering, a physical science, mathematics, computer science, business administration, or information technology with a minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher.

A grade of C or better in 2 college level calculus courses*.

M.S. in Systems Engineering A bachelor’s degree in engineering, a physical science, mathematics, computer science, business administration, or information technology with a minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher.

A grade of C or better in 2 college level calculus courses*.

*Applicants for the M.S. in Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, and M.Eng. in Cybersecurity Analytics who do not meet this requirement but are otherwise qualified may be admitted and required to complete an additional course, EMSE 4197 Special Topics: Quantitative Methods in Engineering Management with a passing grade, during the first year of graduate study.

Application Materials

  • Complete the Application for Admission indicating the program of choice.
    All supplemental application materials must be received by the admissions office within 30 days of submitting the application.
  • Official Transcripts:
    Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended, whether or not a degree was earned. A decision can be made based on unofficial transcripts, but official transcripts must be submitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science Online programs office before the student begins classes. Email transcripts (directly from the institution, when available) to applyonline@gwu.edu, or send by mail (in envelopes sealed at the institution, United States Postal Service only) to:

        SEAS Online Programs
        170 Newport Center Drive, Suite 260
        Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Statement of Purpose: (Submitted with your application.) In 250 words or less, describing how the program fits with your life and career objectives.
  • English Language Requirements:
    TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required of all applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language. The EMSE Department requires a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based or 100 internet-based, or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, or a PTE score of 68.
  • Up-to-Date Resume or C.V: (Submitted with your application.)
  • GRE: scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen the application.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for admission. At least one of these letters must come from a professional reference. Please download the letter of recommendation form, fill out the top portion, and email the form to the individual providing the recommendation. A letter of recommendation is only considered official when it is sent directly from the individual providing the recommendation to the admissions office via email at applyonline@gwu.edu.

Doctoral Programs

Ideal candidates for admission will meet the following requirements:

Program Requirements
Ph.D. in Systems Engineering Minimum of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or a closely related field from recognized institutions.

A minimum graduate level GPA of 3.5

A minimum of two college-level calculus courses passed with grades of B- or better

D.Eng. in Engineering Management Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, applied science, mathematics, computer science, information technology or related field from accredited institutions

A minimum graduate level GPA of 3.2

A minimum of two college-level calculus courses*

5 years relevant professional experience

*Applicants who do not have a grade of C or better in two calculus courses but are otherwise qualified for admission will be required to take an additional course EMSE 4197

Application Materials

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission:
    Ph.D. Application (available Starting January 2021)
    D.Eng. Application
  • Official Transcripts:
    Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended, whether or not a degree was earned. A decision can be made based on unofficial transcripts, but official transcripts must be submitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science Online programs office before the student begins classes. Email transcripts (directly from the institution, when available) to applyonline@gwu.edu, or send by mail (in envelopes sealed at the institution, United States Postal Service only) to:

        SEAS Online Programs
        170 Newport Center Drive, Suite 260
        Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Statement of Purpose:
    In an essay of 250 words or less, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University. Describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.
  • English Language Requirements:
    TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required of all applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language. The EMSE Department requires a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based or 100 internet-based, or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, or a PTE score of 68.
  • Up-to-Date Resume or C.V: (Submitted with your application.)
  • GRE: scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen the application.
  • Official transcripts must be received before an admission decision is rendered for the Doctor of Engineering program. Unofficial transcripts are no longer sufficient to complete the doctoral application packet starting with Spring-1 2017.
    Please send official transcripts either electronically or by USPS. We are currently unable to accept packages from FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

    Admission to the SEAS online Doctor of Philosophy program is highly competitive. The faculty takes a holistic approach to each application file, thoroughly reviewing it from many angles to assess the prospective student’s likelihood of success.
    While empirical benchmarks do matter, Ph.D. admission files are also evaluated by many nonnumerical factors. Of significant importance are an applicant’s technical background, educational background, work experience, letters of recommendation, and writing ability, and many other criteria, to determine the overall strength of the application.
    Because these doctoral programs are selective, and space is limited, applications that meet minimum admissions requirements are not guaranteed admission. Apply early.

    To learn more about the admissions process and your program of interest, use the following links:

    Tuition & Financial Aid
    Doctoral Policies & Procedures
    Master’s Policies & Procedures
    How to Apply

     

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